Cheesy Sausage Stars

Cheesy Sausage Stars

Scouring the stacks and stacks of mags and books that decorate my shelves and floors for Christmas/holiday recipes, I came across a vintage gem that was added to the “to-make” list, immediately.

From a Better Homes & Gardens from 1992 had an add for Hidden Valley Sausage Stars, I followed up this discovery with a Pinterest search and saw that this recipe has been a staple in many homes for years.

Oddly enough, I rarely if ever saw deviations from the original.  I could have taken this as a sign to not mess with perfection… but when have I ever done that?

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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Crudités.  Cheese cubes.  Pretzels.  Really? This is all we’re gonna offer our vegetarian friends come Sunday?! I don’t think so!

If you can chop 2 veggies, measure some spices, open cans, and toss everything into a CrockPot and walk away, you can have a delicious vegetarian/vegan Sloppy Joe on your Super Bowl table that will fool even the meatiest of meat eaters.

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Goodbye 2013

Top Posts of 2013

Goodbye.  Adieu.  Adios.  Ciao.  Arrivederci.  Auf Wiedersehen.

Good.  Bad.  Or indifferent.  2013 is about to be in our rearview mirrors.

This year on the site there were 51 new posts.  Hundreds of thousands of hits.  Features on Food Network, CraftBeer.com, Huffington Post, and others.  Cocktails, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, sweets, and so much more.

I hope that you had as much fun reading, cooking, and eating as I did.  Please, let me know what your favorites were.  Here are some of mine…

Chocolate Stout S’more ShakesCornbread SaladChutney Cheese SpreadCreamy Lemony Feta Dip.  Grilled Pimiento Cheese and Fried Green Tomato SandwichRoasted Root Vegetable SoupDuck Fat Chex Mix.  Heirloom Tomato Salad with Lemon Thyme VinaigretteSupreme Pizza Pasta Salad.

And that’s a wrap on the year friends.  Thank you for reading, commenting, pinning, and the like.  I hope you have a very happy, healthy, and joyous New Year.  And may we meet again soon, in peace, and full bellies.

Cran Marnier Truffles

Cran Marnier Truffles

Decadence – unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence.  Yeah, that’s this.

One truffle is all you’ll need to send you into bliss, but no one will judge for indulging in several more.

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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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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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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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