Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Cards

Martha Stewart has a great feature on her website about different cards you can make by hand. She had so many great ideas and some that were ok. I love getting ideas from her website. The card above was one of the ones that she suggested. I think the button snowman is so cute, but not practical to mail. I don't think it would make it. I decided to go with a different design. Stay tuned!
Made by AM.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Yogurt Pecan Coffee Cake



A delicious creation by ED for her family Thanksgiving morning, pure succulence! Yogurt is the key to this moist delight! DD

Wreath

I just got done creating my first wreath! Something to compliment the horribly painted front doors at our apartment. Does it need a bow? I'm not sure. I am not an experienced wreath maker, so I used a grapevine base and hot glued the pine onto it. It looks great. The only problem is that it wont stop shedding! There are pine needles everywhere! Watch out!
Made by AM.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Caramel Coconut Banana Cream Pie


Still waiting for a good dessert!? This was delicious and not too sweet. The crust was done here with graham crackers, but animal crackers are recommended. (I enjoyed the graham crust). The first layer is caramel topped with bananas. The next layer is the coconut creme filling followed by a whipped cream top. This pie is high and scrumptious. The recipe can be found here.
Made by DD.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cranberry-Pear Relish

This is DD's famous cranberry sauce and also the one that we featured in our super easy Thanksgiving below. The pears really give it something special. The recipe is from Holiday Cooking 1992. 

1 1/2 c sugar
3 c cranberries (about 2 bags)
2 pears (cubed)
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t allspice
1 cinnamon stick

Combine sugar and 1/2 c of water. Bring to boil. Add cranberries, pears, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Return to a boil. Wait until cranberry skins pop. Remove from heat. Eat hot or cold. Enjoy!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pre Thanksgiving



Who doesn't want to have Thanksgiving more than once in November? So we did just that last weekend. In preparation for Thanksgiving we did a trial run! I hope that Thanksgiving is going to be as good as this meal was! It was also surprisingly easy. I will break down how long everything took and what we had to do to make it.

Cranberry sauce | stovetop | 20 minutes
Milk&Butter mashed potatoes | stovetop | 30 minutes
Gravy | stovetop | 30 minutes
Stuffing | stovetop | 10 minutes
Verts | microwave | 5 minutes
Turkey | oven | 40 minutes.

All you need is 1 stovetop, 1 oven, 1 microwave and a killer dessert!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Green!

Do you know that brussel sprouts grow on a large stalk in a spiral pattern. I love how many patterns that appear in nature. Brussel sprouts are not only delicious they grow in an organized fashion. The majority of brussel sprouts are grown in California and some parts of Washington. However, I got this at the farmers market and if I remember correctly they were grown in Sodus, near Lake Ontario. The pleasant lady that sold them to me, told me and my friend that they don't get harvested until after a good frost and that is what sweetens them up! These little guys are fighters too! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Winter Centerpiece

A couple posts ago I wrote about my osage oranges...and you're probably wondering what on earth I was going to do with them. Well after unsuccessfully putting them in a bowl I decided to put them on a long rectangular platter and then surround them with green pine branches. The green on green is great and the rectangular shape really compliments my rectangular table! They still smell wonderful and they're also giving my apartment a wintery flair! 


Monday, November 9, 2009

Grandma D's Pear Flan

Mmm. Flan! So I'm on the phone with my grandmother yesterday and she said that she was making Pear Flan for dessert. Very extravagant! The only flan that I've every made was the Goya that you buy in a box from Wegmans. So I'm not an expert. But I wish I was able to have tried this flan! Yummy! 

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches



Last night for dinner we had burgers. Actually premade patties from wegmans. I was in charge of the burger layers which were spinach, mushrooms, and fresh mozzarella. After I finished my burger I realized that I would have preferred just a grilled vegetable sandwich filled with lots of goodies, like the one my mom and I made above! But don't get me wrong, I do love a good burger!

Friday, November 6, 2009

DD's Beef Bourguignon


Dinner is always a treat at my parents house! My mom is an excellent cook and doesn't get enough blog space, so today is all about her Beef Bourguignon. Or shall I say Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon. Regardless, DD made it perfectly and probably better than Julia Childs! This dish is perfect for the cold weather we're experiencing in Upstate New York. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Osage Oranges

These beautiful fruits are called Osage Oranges! I wasn't aware of them until last weekend a friend stopped the car suddenly on the side of the road because she saw Osage Oranges. These green balls are not really for eating, but I washed them up and put them in a bowl. They smell delicious and they make a great centerpiece! I will post more pictures soon. Apparently these oranges are mostly found in Texas and Arizona, however off of Route 64 in Upstate New York the side of the roads are filled with these oranges! If you have these strange brain-like balls near where you live, bring them inside and enjoy! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Variation

A few posts ago, I blogged about french toast! And this is confirmation that using smaller pieces of toast is the way to go. We experimented with some different toppings this time. We did homemade cranberry sauce and Maple Yogurt which I got at the Farmers Market in Rochester last weekend. If you haven't tried Maple Yogurt I would highly recommend it! This was a perfect pairing! I got the recipe from food networks, Alex Guarnaschelli.

Cranberry Sauce

2 bags of cranberries
2 c sugar
1/3 c water
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t allspice
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 c orange juice, reserve zest

Combine first three, bring to a boil. Add spices and simmer. After 10 minutes add orange juice and zest. Cool and can.