December 2012

A Cozy New Year’s Eve: Boozy “Party In A Glass” Parfaits, And Some Wishes For 2013

Party In A Glass Parfait

Well everyone, I'm kinda thinking that this particular recipe pretty much speaks for itself; it's soon time to celebrate a new year—to celebrate LIFE! Now's as good a time as any to celebrate what we've been given this past year, and all of the potential that the year ahead holds for each of us; the potential for change, for growth, for renewal, for new opportunity and for fresh perspective. It's time to celebrate the love found in life—the friendships, our family—even dare I say, the challenges ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: And Momma’s In The Kitchen Baking Cherry-Almond Winter Cake For Christmas

Cherry Almond Cake

As the Eve of Christmas descends upon us, And the snowflakes trip and flutter on the gusts of wind outside, We ask daddy if he would build us a fire in the hearth To keep us comfy and toasty inside. The kitchen stove is a steam engine, Piping hot with all burners aglow; Dinner's simmering, sputtering and bubbling away, The aromas dance, mingle and flow. Momma tells us to set the table, With special plates, special ware; And daddy says to light the candles, Whose flames ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: Crispy, Pan-Fried Fish, A Taste Of The Christmas Eve Tradition Of My Ancestors

Crispy Pan-Fried Fish

When I was a little girl, I would absolutely revel in the stories that my parents would tell me about their childhood growing up in Czechoslovakia; especially the ones that centered on how they celebrated Christmas time. These stories were so comforting to me as my parents would each recount special memories with a playful smile; there was always some air of mischief involved in these stories, some recollection of either themselves, a sibling or a cousin getting their hide tanned for some shenanigan or another. ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Crisp Pancetta, the Perfect Emerald Companions

Roasted Cider-Glazed Brussels

Let me just share with you that I really do love Brussels sprouts. I understand, however, that not everyone likes them as much as I do, but I think that's more a result of never having tried a really flavor-packed Brussels sprout side dish. These precious little green orbs, these mini “cabbage-like" cuties, are truly just a perfect accompaniment for any succulent spread—holiday, or not. Simply roasted with a few bells 'n whistles thrown in, Brussels sprouts are a veg that I have a hard time ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: Herb-Crusted Prime Rib, and Savoring the Flavor of a Holiday Splurge

Prime Rib

There is very little more appealing to partake in, very little more sumptuous a thing to put on the tongue, than a delectable morsel that is only eaten on a special occasion—at least in my mind. Somehow, that morsel just seems to hold within it the wonderful flavor of desire, that fragrant essence of anticipation, because it's been very consciously and specifically chosen and prepared for an occasion meant to hold some gravity, and meant to be memorable and unique. See, that's the marvelous thing about ... {more please!}

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