Wine selection is getting serious now with the holidays season gearing up. Here are some gift ideas for the wine lover, some bubbly picks and a few outstanding value wines. Continue reading “Wine Picks Dec 10, 2016 LCBO Release”
This simple way to extract the seeds from the leathery skin of a fresh pomegranate will save you all kinds of time and grief. Pomegranate juice stains everything so easily and there tends to be a lot of it! Continue reading “Easy Way to Seed a Pomegranate”
This fantastic Brandied Beef Bourguignon is a make-ahead dish that is easy yet elegant enough for a holiday meal. It is meant to sit overnight after you cook it to let the flavor develop. How perfect for an entertaining recipe! Serve this French classic with mashed potatoes or rice. The brandy flambé gives this an additional flavor hit beyond the red wine sauce. Continue reading “Brandied Beef Bourguignon”
You can make this comfort food casserole with ground beef or ground lamb. I like it both ways. The hint of curry seasoning makes this a bit different from the traditional dish. I have also spruced up the potato mash on top to add more flavor. Continue reading “Shepherd’s Pie with Curry”
This Beef Taco Salad makes a satisfying meal in winter or summer. Low carb, high flavor, filling – it’s a win for me! Think nacho fixin’s on lettuce and get creative! Continue reading “Beef Taco Salad”
Black beans, home-made, low fat, high fiber, high protein. These are so good for you and a pressure cooker makes them a cinch to make. Continue reading “Creamy Black Beans”
You can make these delicious little bites in no time at all using Boursin cheese and Craisin dried cranberries.
I keep a few packages of those frozen mini-tart shells on hand for last minute appetizer situations just like this. There are so many varieties of flavor cheeses out there you can get creative and switch up the cheese, the type of nuts etc.
- 1 pkg frozen mini tart shells
- 1/4 cup pistachios rough chopped
- 1/4 cup craisins rough chopped
- 4 oz Boursin Cranberry and Pepper cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Arrange tart shells on baking sheet.
- Divide the Boursin cheese into 18 little pats. Put a pat of the cheese into the tart shells and top with a little of the chopped nuts and craisins.
- Bake about 18 minutes until pastry is golden brown. Remove the foil from the tarts. Arrange on a serving tray and serve warm.
This amazing Lobster Seafood Chowder tastes like the sea-side! It makes a meal on its own with a buttered roll. You can make it stove top or in your slow cooker. The lobster and the sherry make it elegant enough to serve as a casual holiday meal.
These grapes coated in cream cheese and nuts are absolutely delicious. They make a light and healthy appetizer and you could even serve them after your meal. I served this as an appetizer tree but they are equally good served on a platter. Continue reading “Cocktail Grape Appetizer Tree”