Jalapeno Cheddar Pigs in a Crepe Pancake

Easy & Cheesy Jalapeño Cheddar Pigs in a Crepe Blanket

The holiday season calls for adding a bit of whimsy and creativity to your meals. During the season wine transforms into a warm spiced punch, bread has stone fruits added to the mix, and sausage is wrapped up in a warm blanket of scrumptiousness. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year for you and your stomach! So when Eckrich Smoked Sausage reached out to create a special holiday recipe using their delicious meats, I immediately let the magic flow… it’s time to bite into some Jalapeño Cheddar Pigs in a Crepe Blanket! Since there is a lot …

Sherry Date Meat Pie with Holland House Cooking Wine

Sherry Date Meat Pie with Holland House Cooking Wine

There are certain must-haves during the holiday season: Sugar cookies. Hot cocoa by the fire. A delicious slice of honey-baked ham. And in my house, meat pie! Meat pie is a wonderful staple from our lovely British friends across the pond. Despite its name, it is actually a surprisingly sweet dish. This year my friends at Holland House Cooking Wine are sponsoring this post and have sent me some products to help me create a refreshing take on the classic… Sherry Date Meat Pie! Every year, I make a meat pie as part of a holiday breakfast. It’s a magical …

Holiday Homestead Buns, Finex Cast Iron Skillet, Southern Kitchen

Holiday Homestead Buns with Southern Kitchen

Special thanks to Southern Kitchen for sending me this lovely skillet to play with and sponsoring this recipe post! I moved to Houston, Texas a little over a year ago and officially became a Southerner. It immediately became clear that a few things came along with that status. Southerners are unfailingly polite. They are heartwarmingly proud of their land. And they take their kitchens seriously. A Southerner’s kitchen is a place of wonderment, hard work, and love. It is a place to gather, feel at home, and enjoy with the special people in your life. A Southern’s kitchen has some …

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Mincemeat Almond Pie with Bourbon Glaze

Tis the season for pie! And since I am personally obsessed with all things British, I am going to subject you to a traditional English recipe once again. But fear not, for as always I have added a unique twist to the classic recipe. Because who likes messing with a good thing? I do! With the help of MI-DEL Pie Crusts, I have created a scrumptious pie recipe to add to the holiday bake list: Mincemeat Almond Pie with Bourbon Glaze. Who wants a slice? For red-blooded Americans a pie with ‘meat’ in the title might sound a bit unappetizing. …

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Christmas Pork Patty Sliders

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc.. All opinions are entirely my own. There is a meal that gets neglected every year on Christmas day… lunch. Think about it. With the unwrapping of presents, breakfast is often a decadent smorgasbord of homemade cinnamon buns and sizzling bacon slices. Then, the day’s festivities are topped off with a dinner feast of ham, roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, and pie. But what about lunch?! It is the most overlooked and underrated part of the day. Well, let’s adopt this little sad food baby and give it a …

Pomegranate Rosemary Bread Wreath-15672

Pomegranate Rosemary Bread Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner, so you know what that means? It is baking season, my friends! Sure, receiving gifts and celebrating with loved ones is nice and all, but the true joy of the season for me is baking. Yes, I am very specific and fickle with my standards for happiness. During the holiday season, I am a baking machine. Every chance (or far-fetched excuse) to bake something and I am on it. Need me to bring something to the office party? Boom, Bavarian chocolate cake! Oh, you want to go meet Santa Claus at the mall? Kazaam, stained glass …

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Peppermint Marshmallows

December largely ruled by one all-encompassing drink… hot cocoa!  And the perfect accessory to this cold weather drink is marshmallows.  Inspired by today’s Nutcracker Christmas winter wedding, we’ve devised a peppermint marshmallows recipe that’s sure to get your toes a-twinkling.  Try your hand at this scrumptious treat and follow along as photographer Julie Neill walks us through the details of this stunning affair: Our Nutcracker inspired photo shoot stems from the modern Bride’s desire to evoke a sense of whimsy, warmth, and vivid imagery from a favorite childhood story into her wedding day! Being a winter Bride can be a challenge …

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts-15128

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …