Corn Casserole

Tried this the first time on Thanksgiving. I know, I know – never try recipes for the first time on a holiday. But this turned out so yummy that it soared to the top of my “must make for every holiday meal” list. Try it and let me know what you think! INGREDIENTS: Two –…

Kahlua Spiced Pecans

Yummy to munch on anytime, but especially good during the holidays! So, yes – I bought a few too many pecans for the pecan pies I was going to make. Then, I remembered this recipe from many moons ago. Give this happy little snack a try. INGREDIENTS: 4 cups pecan halves 3 tablespoons Kahlua 1/4…

Eggnog French Toast

So, you bought the store brand eggnog before you discovered my delicious Nog of the Egg and now you have this carton of “not-bad-but-not-perfect” nog staring you in the face every time you open the fridge. Is that’s what’s bothering you, Bucky? Never fear – you can make a pretty darned nummy holiday season breakfast…

Thanksgiving Leftovers Meet Egg Rolls (Ham)

So…maybe I cooked a bit much on Thanksgiving. Anyhoo, in addition to the turkey, I had a fridge full of leftover ham and candied yams as well. Thank goodness for my egg roll wrappers and my deep fryer. Make these in time for the weekend football games. Your family will thank you. INGREDIENTS: Leftover ham,…

After Thanksgiving Egg Rolls (Turkey)

So…there I was with a fridge full of leftovers after the big turkey feast. But, I also was armed with egg roll wrappers. Trust me, your leftovers have never had it so good. INGREDIENTS: Leftover turkey, shredded Leftover stuffing Leftover green bean casserole Leftover gravy Egg Roll Wrappers Leftover turkey gravy Oil for deep frying…

Hamichangas

Yes, I invented this (as far as I can tell, anyway. So I’m just going to claim it, okay?) I had some tortillas leftover and some ham and monterrey jack cheese, so my initial thought was to make a “Hamchilada”. But I Googled it. Hamchiladas have been around since the 1970’s. Undaunted, I created this…

Bloomin’ Onion Bread

The beauty of this decadent snack is that you can use whatever cheeses set your heart afire. I’ve used combinations of as many as four different cheeses before – just make sure that at least one is good for melting (like a swiss or a mozzarella) INGREDIENTS: 1 pound (400-450 g) unsliced loaf bread 3.5…

Judiyaki Chicken

Okay. It’s totally not your traditional teriyaki sauce. But I like it. So we’ll call it “Judiyaki chicken” INGREDIENTS: Sauce: 1/4 cup Mirin (sweet rice wine) 2 or 3 fresh Thai firecracker chiles, chopped 1 piece of fresh ginger, about the size of ½ a deck of cards, peeled, sliced and crushed 1 head of…

Sloppy Joes

A childhood favorite – all grown up. You’ve got to try this! INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, deveined and diced 1 red onion, diced 1 pound ground beef 1 pound ground pork 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2…

Cheese Frenchee

This is truly a blast from the past! When I was a wee little one, Saturday shopping trips with my daddy always culminated in a stop to King’s Food Host. They had this magical concoction called a Cheese Frenchee. I had no clue how they made it, but it was truly the most awesome half…