New Years – The Long Hello, Smoked Salmon Blinis with Crème Fraîche and Dill, and Goat Cheese Truffles

New Years Spread

Christmas is over, and I’d say it’s no time to get soft, except that’s kinda the name of the game this time of year.

How bout, “It’s no time to slow down.”  At least in the kitchen.

Enter – my mini collection of 3 recipes perfect for you New Year’s Eve table.  A cocktail, blinis, and goat cheese truffles.

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Touchdown Thursdays: Caramel Apple & Brie Skewers

Caramel Apple & Brie Skewers

No room… No room!

Things I fill up on when engaged in game day festivities: beer, and cheese laden delights.

Rarely, if ever, do I have room for dessert.  Until this.

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Touchdown Thursdays: Apple Pie Egg Rolls

It’s been a long held belief of mine that hand pies would be the next big thing to hit the food truck craze.  They’re small, they’re cute, they’re portable, they’re easily adapted for the sweet or savory lover.

They also conjure images of Patti Lupone stuffing them with humans… but I digress.

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Shrimp & Coconut Curry with Mango, Apple & Orange Chutney

“No time! No time! There’s never enough time!”  I don’t enter into caffeine pill induced freak outs, but I do wish for more time when I look at the stacks of food magazines and books that clutter my floor.  My list of things to make and bake grows longer by the day, and there’s never enough time to test and post.  Someone find me a longer day, please.

Case in point, this showed up in the December 2010 issue of Bon Appetit, and I’ve been dying to make it ever since.  A year and a half later, here she is – wow, look at that turn around time.

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Sausage Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped, Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apples & Cider Sauce

Another Valentine’s Day is upon us, and before you go gettin all surly about whatever state your love life is in (or out), may I suggest celebrating this holiday with other intentions.  Rather than scoffing at the ladies who get flowers in your office, or the heart shaped balloons floating over-head, or tacky lingerie with feather boas that line the racks, let’s use today as a reminder of all the people in our lives that maybe we’ve forgotten to show love.  Who couldn’t use a little extra love, a smile, a thank-you, a “hey, thanks for listening to my crap all day long,” or the like?  And of course, oh, of course, couldn’t these same people use an extra special meal in their lives?!

This dish of pork love is a showstopper, and paired with a gorgeous salad, which I’ll be sharing Thursday, and some creamy Mac n Cheese, which I’ll be sharing next week, it’s a meal fit for a king or queen.

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