Touchdown Thursdays: Veggie Pizza

Veggie Pizza

Procrastination.  Over-extension.  These things do not mix.

And they are… me.

I bring this up to illuminate the fact that there are Grand Marnier/cranberry/chocolate truffles that required more chilling, rolling, and dipping time than I allowed in my morning.  They were supposed to be today’s post.  And are not.  Hence, this post.

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Pomegranate-Raspberry Bars

Pomegranate-Raspberry Bars

Seven delectable dishes share the plate, but who are we kidding, you’ve picked your fav – the one you want to be the last bite of the meal.  The closer.

This is such a morsel.

Tart, light, buttery, and palate cleansing, – this bar is like sorbet in cookie/bar form.

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Triple-Ginger Ginger Snaps

Triple Ginger Gingersnaps

Ronald WeasleyJessica RabbitCarrot TopToriBeerConan.

Just a handful of the things that the word “ginger” brings to mind.

A request for ginger snaps sent me on a Google quest for the perfect recipe.  I love molasses and I love ginger, so when I stumbled upon this recipe that took both of these guys seriously, I knew I’d found the ONE.

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Rolo Pretzel Delights

Rolo Pretzel Delights

We’re going to take this nice and slow.  Nobody gets hurt… not on my watch!

With the shopping, the decorating, the hustle, the bustle, the cooking, the baking, the go, go, go… it’s easy to go nuts, it’s easy to land yourself in the Emergency Room with a bagel cutting knife injury, or overdose on flour ingestion.  Not this year!

And so begins it.  Three ingredients.  Minimal prep.  Minimal cook time.  Ultimate delight.

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Touchdown Thursdays: Crispy Beer Cheese Sauced Potato Skins

Crispy Beer Cheese Sauced Potato Skins

Day late, dollar short.  Week late, day early.  However you spin it, there’s a method to my madness.  Well, not really a method, but a reason.

This post was intended to happen last week, and the week got crazy.  So why not post it tomorrow, on a Thursday?  Because something beautiful is about to happen friends… booze and cookies!

I’m launching an all out Holiday – two weeks of cookies and boozy cocktails, starting tomorrow.  But I love this recipe so much that I couldn’t just let her fall by the wayside.  So here she is, in her beer, cheesy, glory!

When I looked back on all my football foodie posts, I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t touched on potato skins!  Like anyone would pass up a hollowed out shell of the mighty carb queen, filled with cheese, bacon, and other sinful delights!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stretchy pants engaged.  Postprandial somnolence kicking in.  Football drowning out the in-laws quarrels.  And you, reaching for your phone for a minor distraction.  And here I am.

As this a cooking blog, and you’re probably here for the food, rather than my witty prose, let me take a moment to share some thanks and wishes.

I love food.  Love.  Love.  Love.  Food.

Sustenance.  Entertainment.  Togetherness.  Community.  Comfort.  Memories.  Creativity.

What else is there on the planet that is essential to our survival, that provides so much more?

I am beyond thankful everyday for that I never have to worry where my next meal is coming from.  And it is my most sincere wish that you may never know hunger, that there will always be someone with which to share your meal, that you will always be open to new food experiences, that you will respect the food, and not abuse it, that you will be equally grateful for the meals you enjoy and share.

I am also beyond thankful for you – amazing subscribers and readers, the majority of whom, I’ve never met, whose comments, and likes, and triumphs and failures in the kitchen, keep me coming back to this computer, and back to my kitchen for more.  Thank you friends.  Be well.  Be well fed.  And have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tequila Lime Cranberry Sauce

Tequila Lime Cranberry Sauce

The bright burgundy hue.  The gelatinous cylindrical form.  The sexy little can indents.

You know what Thanksgiving treat I speak of… The ever-popular Ocean-Spray cranberry “sauce.”

I believe strongly, that this belongs on every Turkey Day table – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t space for an alternative – to play along side.

A grown-up version perhaps.  Like say, with tequila and jalapenos!

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Glazed Pumpkin Crescents

Glazed Pumpkin Crescents

Yeast.  It makes all my favorite things.  Beer.  Bread. Any other spontaneously fermented goodies.  And yet, it scares me.

Like tempering chocolate, making caramel, experimenting with bread – I’ve had mixed results.  Those yeast guys are just so darned fussy and precise.  Imagine that.

But I think I’ve got the hang of it, knock on wood.  I think I’ve cultivated enough respect and patience to see the results I desire.

So with that introduction, here is a great roll to serve on your Thanksgiving table.

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Soupy Sundays: Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

My brain is completely unable to wrap itself around the fact that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away!

Cliché as it sounds… where has 2013 gone and can I have it back?!

While I’m pretty sure I can’t fire up the Delorian, I can make the most of what’s left of the year.  And that means tons of yummy Thanksgiving/Holiday/Christmas recipes to make and share.  So let’s dive in!

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