Posts tagged Holidays
Moroccan Tagine Meatballs

I took two cooking lesson in Marakesh, Morocco learning how to cook in a tagine, the traditional cooking vessel with a tall conical lid. The lid allows the condensation of juices from the food to self-baste and intensify the flavors.  You don’t have to own a tagine to make Moroccan recipes, though.  These meatballs with all their spices and delicious sauce will become one of your favorites.  You can serve them over traditional cous cous or rice, or just on their own.

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Spicy Maple Wings

Chicken wings are one of the easiest things to make for a meal or a snack.  These are spicy and sweet, and virtually mess-free because they’re baked in the oven on foil.  You can make the marinade days before you want to roast them, and whip them together in just a few minutes. 

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Smoked Salmon Pâté

Do you need an easy appetizer or light lunch that’s packed with flavor and looks so pretty? Not only is this pâte all that, it can be made a few days ahead, or even frozen for the day you just don’t have time to cook and you need a perfect dish. 

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Pork and Watercress Paella

I have three different paella pans in different sizes, and I use them all.  But you can easily make paella in a large straight-sided saute pan.  I learned to make paella in Spain, and it is such a great one-pot meal to serve a few people or a big crowd.  This recipe uses pork loin and watercress, but you can certainly substitute spinach for the watercress if it’s difficult to find.

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Pecan Bars

If you’re looking for a perfect dessert to take to a party or package up for a gift, this is the recipe!  The buttery dough is good enough on its own, but the pecan caramel filling makes this one of the richest and satisfying bite you’ll ever take. 

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Jerk Chicken Pasta

One of my favorite Caribbean islands is Grand Cayman.  I’ve been many times, and was able to cook with Chef Manny at the Ortanique Restaurant where he taught me some delicious recipes using Caribbean ingredients with variations from other countries.  This Jerk Chicken Pasta was one of my favorites, and it’s a great dish to make for a crowd any time of year.

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Banana Layer Cake with Whisky Caramel

Here’s a decadent cake that will impress your family and friends!  There are three layers of cake separated by delicious vanilla cream, and topped with whiskey caramel.  Frankly, making caramel intimidates me, so sometimes I make this cake and top it with a good quality caramel from a jar. 

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Chicken Saltimbocca

This Italian dish is traditionally made with veal, but I like it with chicken the best.  Saltimbocca means “jump in the mouth” in Italian, and I think you’ll agree when you make this recipe.  The salty prosciutto and fresh sage add so much flavor to the chicken, and the sauce is so good you might be tempted to eat it before you serve it on the chicken!

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Muesli with Flaxseed

Here’s a really easy and healthy breakfast that originated in Switzerland.  It’s raw oats mixed with grains and spices, then soaked overnight in the fridge.  There’s no cooking, and when you eat it the next morning with some nuts, fruit, or maple syrup you’ll be so happy because there was hardly any work at all, and it is so good!

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Mulled Wine

This drink is the perfect holiday cup of cheer on a chilly night!  The toasted spices and orange peel give it a little “kick”, but the Calvados apple brandy is what really puts this wine in a special league of its own.  I usually make this with Malbec wine, but you can use any dry red wine.

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Caribbean Citrus Cake with Rum Glaze

Although this cake is full of tropical flavors, I like to make it during the holidays as well as the summertime.  Sometimes I add grated coconut and garnish it with toasted coconut.  You can even top it with pomegranate seeds with the thyme leaves for a holiday showstopper.  If you don’t want to use rum, you can certainly substitute with vanilla extract.

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Fruit Galette

Making pies can be intimidating if you’re out of practice.  I think galettes are much easier.  They’re more informal, allowing the grace of not looking perfect.  Plus, you can eat the slices with your hands without any mess. 

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Cabbage & Fruit Salad

I love making this salad in the fall when pears are in season.  It’s also a beautiful salad to serve on a holiday buffet table.  You can really add any fruits and nuts you want, but try this version first and see how well you like it. 

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

At my house we call cupcakes without frosting muffins.  We kid ourselves that muffins are healthy, and cupcakes are dessert.  Well, however you want to justify these chocolate banana muffins is fine with me, because you’re going to love them, and so will everyone you share them with. 

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