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3 Holiday Breakfasts | Easy Entertaining

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25 Days of Cookies eBook

Holiday Dinner Recipes
Edible Gifts
Holiday Entertaining

Frequently Used & Favorite Items

Gingerbread Pancakes
2 cups store bought boxed pancake mix
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 cups water
¼ cup molasses
2 tbsp butter

Glaze:
1 cup icing sugar
2-3 tbsp milk

In a large bowl, whisk together store bought dry pancake mix with spices. Add remaining ingredients indicated on the instructions of the box and molasses and mix well. To make pancakes, melt butter on a skillet over medium heat and pour a ¼ cup of mixture per pancake, fitting as many as you can onto the pan. Fry until golden brown on one side and top of pancake is bubbly. Flip the pancakes and cook until the other side is golden. To make glaze, whisk together icing sugar with milk. If your glaze is too thick, add a little more milk.
Enjoy!

Eggnog French Toast
1 loaf crusty French bread, cut into slices
2 cups eggnog
6 eggs
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp rum extract (optional)
2 tbsp butter

In a large bowl, whisk together eggnog, eggs, nutmeg and rum extract. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Dip each slice of bread into eggnog mixture and fry until it is golden brown on both sides.
Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Strata
Strata:
2 rolls store bought cinnamon roll dough, diced into 1-inch pieces
2 small apples, peeled, cored and diced
⅓ cup chopped pecans
2 eggs
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze:
Icings from store bought cinnamon roll dough
3 tbsp maple syrup

In a large bowl, toss together diced cinnamon roll dough, apples and pecans. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Pour egg mixture over the cinnamon roll mixture and mix well. Transfer to a well greased bundt pan. Bake, covered with aluminum foil at 350ºF for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until golden brown and dough is cooked through, approximately 15-25 minutes. While strata is cooling, whisk together glaze ingredients. Once strata is completely cool, remove from bundt pan and drizzle with glaze.
Enjoy!

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5 Holiday Desserts | Easy Entertaining

Candy Cane Cheesecakes
1 cup crushed shortbread or sugar cookies
3 tbsp cup melted butter
1 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup icing sugar
1 cups heavy cream
1 tsp peppermint extract
Red food colouring (optional)
¼ cup candy cane dust (crushed candy canes)
mini candy canes for garnish

In a small bowl, mix together crushed cookies and melted butter. Place a few spoonfuls of each into a serving dish and press down. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl, whip together cream cheese, icing sugar, whipping cream, and peppermint extract until light and fluffy. If using, add a few drops of red food colouring and mix well. Spoon cream cheese mixture into each serving dish and allow to set in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Once set, top with candy cane dust, whipped cream and baby candy canes.
Enjoy!

Nutella Tree
2 store bought puff pastry sheets
½ cup Nutella
1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Place a sheet of puff pastry onto a piece of parchment. Spread Nutella onto one of the puff pastry sheets. Top with the second puff pastry sheet, sandwiching in the Nutella. Cut a rough shape of a pine tree into the dough and cut 1-inch horizontal lines on either side of the tree, going all the way to the top. Do not cut straight through where the trunk of the tree will be. Twist each 1-inch piece and brush the exposed pastry with egg wash. Transfer tree to a baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF until golden and pastry has risen, about 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy!

Eggnog Cupcakes
1 box vanilla cake mix
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
½ cup vegetable oil, depending on your boxed cake recipe
3 eggs, depending on your boxed cake recipe
1 cup eggnog, depending on boxed cake recipe

Icing:
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2 tbsp eggnog
1 tsp rum extract

In a large bowl, whisk cake mix with nutmeg and cinnamon. Add the oil, eggs and eggnog. Scoop batter into a lined muffin tray and bake at 350ºF according to package directions. To make the icing, add eggnog  and rum extract into the buttercream. Once cooled, ice each cupcake with buttercream and top with a light grating of fresh nutmeg.
Enjoy!

Pie Crust Cookies
2 store bought pie crust
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup sugar
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 egg, beaten for egg wash
½ cup icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk or cream

In a small bowl, mix together butter, sugar and cinnamon. Spread mixture over pie crust and roll up to form a log. If you have time, chill your dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Cut ¼-inch slices and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and bake at 375ºF until golden, about 7-9 minutes. To make the glaze, whisk the icing sugar with the milk until smooth. If you find your glaze is too runny, add a bit more icing sugar. If you find the glaze is too thick, add another splash of milk or cream. Drizzle each cookie with glaze and allow to set slightly before serving.
Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Cookies
1 package store-bought chocolate chip cookie dough
½ cup chopped pecans
12-18 caramels
Crystal sea salt to taste

Shape cookie dough into 1-inch balls and roll in pecans. Arrange onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Press a caramel into the center of each. Bake at 350ºF until edges are golden and caramel has melted, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle each cookie with a little bit of crystal sea salt. Caramel is extremely hot. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before enjoying.
Enjoy!

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5 Holiday Appetizers | Easy Entertaining

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25 Days of Cookies eBook

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Holiday Dinner Recipes
Edible Gifts
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Meat Thermometer

Blackberry Baked Brie
1 cup blackberries, reserving a few for garnish
½ lemon, juiced
1 tsp chopped rosemary
2-3 tbsp honey (depending on how sour your blackberries are)
1 8-oz wheel of brie
¼ cup pecans

Remove the top rind of the brie and set aside. Place the base of the brie on parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes, or until hot and slightly bubbly. While brie is baking, add blackberries, lemon juice, honey and rosemary to a medium pot over medium heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the blackberries have released their juices and liquid has thickened. Once the brie begins to melt, transfer to a serving dish and top with blackberry mixture. Garnish with pecans, whole blackberries and rosemary sprigs.

Stuffed Mushrooms
2 tbsp butter
18 whole cremini mushrooms, stems removed and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
1 tsp thyme leaves
1 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup grated parmesan, divided in half
1 tbsp chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped mushrooms stems and cook, stirring occasionally, until juices release, about 4-5minutes. Add garlic, parsley and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the cream cheese and remove from the heat. Fill each mushroom cap with a spoonful of cream cheese mixture and place into a lightly greased oven-safe baking dish. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake until mushrooms have softened slightly and cheese is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy!

Turkey Stuffing Meatballs
1 cup dry store bought stuffing
1 cup milk
1 lb ground turkey
1 egg
2 tsp chopped sage
1 tsp thyme leaves
¼ cup cranberry sauce, divided in half
Salt and pepper taste
oil

In a large bowl, pour the milk over the stuffing. Let the stuffing mixture side for about 5 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed. Add turkey, egg, herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Add half of the cranberry sauce and mix well. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Place meatballs onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400ºF until golden and cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the oven and brush with remaining cranberry sauce.
Enjoy!

Roasted Grape Crostini
2 cups red grapes
2 rosemary sprigs
1 baguette, sliced
Oil
Salt to taste
1 cup goat cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup chopped pistachios
2 tbsp honey (optional)

Preheat oven to 400ºF. To make roasted grapes, place grapes into a baking dish and add rosemary. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until grapes have softened. To make crostini, place baguette slices onto a nonstick pan or parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Season with salt to taste. Bake until golden, about 6-8 minutes. To assemble crostini, spread goat cheese over each baguette slice and top with roasted grapes, pistachios and drizzle with honey.
Enjoy!

Pear & Blue Cheese Cups
1 store bought puff pastry sheet
3 pears, cored and sliced into thin wedges
¼ cup blue cheese
¼ cups walnuts, chopped
Honey (optional)
1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside. Cut 12 even squares from the rolled out puff pastry sheet and place a square into each muffin cup. Lightly brush each puff pastry square with egg wash. Fill each cup with pears and bake until pastry is golden and puffed up, about 15-20 minutes. Top with blue cheese and walnuts and return to the oven until cheese has heated through and walnuts have toasted, about 3-5 minutes. To finish, drizzle with honey.
Enjoy!

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3 Easy Pie Recipes | Thanksgiving 2017

Homemade Pie Crust
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Thanksgiving Recipes
Holiday Recipes

Frequently Used & Favorite Items
Leaf Cookie Cutters

Pecan Pie
1 premade pie crust
2 ½ cups pecan halves
¼ cup butter, melted
1 cup corn syrup
½ cup brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Salt to taste

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup and melted butter. Stir in pecans. Transfer mixture to pie shell and bake at 350ºF for 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden. If you find that the crust is browning too quickly, carefully tent a piece of aluminum foil over the top. Make sure the foil isn’t touching the pie filling. Allow pie to cool completely before serving.
Enjoy!

Apple Pie

1 premade pie crust
1 premade pie dough
7-8 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½-¾ cup brown sugar, depending on sweetness of apples
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp flour
1 egg, whisked (for egg wash)
1 tbsp sugar, for sprinkling (optional)

In a large bowl, coat apple slices with brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Mix well. Pour apple mixture into pie shell and egg wash the visible pie dough. Top with rolled out pie dough and egg wash. Sprinkle over sugar and cut 2 holes in the top of the pie to allow steam to escape. Bake at 350ºF for 45-50 minutes, or until crust is golden and apples have softened.
Enjoy!

Spiced Maple Pumpkin Pie
1 premade deep dish pie shell
14 oz pumpkin purée, canned
2 eggs
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup whipping cream
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (http://bit.ly/1W0Vi0x)
⅛ tsp cayenne (or to taste)
Salt to taste

In a large bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Pour into pie shell and bake at 350ºF for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely before serving.
Enjoy!

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Curried Cauliflower Soup | #Homemade

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Lodge
Cuisinart
Staub
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Kitchen Essentials
Immersion Blender

Homemade Soup Recipes
Slow Cooker Recipes
Homemade Broth Recipes
#Meatless Monday Recipes

Frequently Used & Favorite Items

Curried Cauliflower
1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
3 carrots, diced
1 onion, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ginger, freshly grated
2 tbsp curry powder
6 cups vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk
Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup coconut yogurt to serve
Cilantro for garnish

On a parchment lined baking sheet, toss cauliflower and carrots with oil, salt & pepper and curry powder. Bake at 425ºF for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and tender. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add oil. Add onions and cook until softened. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant. Add roasted cauliflower and carrots and cover with coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until vegetables have completely softened. Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to purée soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy!

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Chicken Noodle Soup

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Staub
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Homemade Soup Recipes
Slow Cooker Recipes
Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
Homemade Broth Recipes

Frequently Used & Favorite Items

Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup
1 onion, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 red peppers, finely sliced
2 tbsp ginger, freshly grated
2 tbsp red curry paste
2 red chilies, thinly sliced
4 cups chicken broth
1 can coconut milk
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
2 packages ramen noodles, flavour packets discarded
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 lime, zest and juice
Green onion for garnish

Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot over medium-high heat, add oil. Add onion and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes, Add garlic, chili and ginger and cook until fragrant. Add curry paste, fish sauce, and chicken. Pour over coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil and add noodles. Cook until noodles are tender and stir in parsley, lime zest and juice.
Enjoy!

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3 Homemade Broth Recipes

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Dutch Oven Options:
Lodge
Cuisinart
Staub
Le Creuset

Homemade Soup Recipes
Slow Cooker Recipes

Featured Recipes:
French Onion Soup
Smoky Corn Chowder
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
One Pot Mushroom Pasta
Mushroom Risotto
Cream of Mushroom Soup

Frequently Used & Favorite Items

Classic Chicken Broth
1 whole chicken or chicken carcass
4 carrots, roughly chopped
3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
3 onions, cut into quarters
10 parsley sprigs
1 garlic bulb, cut in half to expose cloves
1 bay leaf
2 tsp peppercorns
2 thyme sprigs
Salt to taste

Place all ingredients into a large Dutch oven or pot and cover with water Simmer for 2-3 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Carefully, strain the broth and allow to cool. Once cooled completely, the fat will harden on the surface of the broth. If you do not want to use it, remove fat using a slotted spoon.
Enjoy!
*If using whole chicken, cooked chicken meat can be used in other recipes, so do not throw it away!

Mushroom Broth
2lb mixed mushrooms, roughly chopped (cremini, button, oyster, shiitake, porcini…)
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 garlic bulb, cut in half to expose cloves
3 thyme sprigs
5 parsley sprigs
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
2 tsp peppercorns
Salt to taste
oil

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add oil. Add mushrooms and onion to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients to the pot and cover with 12 cups of water. Simmer for 1.5-2 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Carefully, strain broth and allow to cool.
Enjoy!

Seafood Broth
3-4 cups shellfish shells (shrimp, crab, lobster, crawfish)
3 carrots, roughly chopped
3 onions, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves
½ cup white wine
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 bay leaf
2 thyme sprigs
10 parsley sprigs
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp peppercorns
Salt to taste
Oil

In a large dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat, add oil. Add shells and sautée for 2-3 minutes. Add wine and cook for 1 minutes. Add onions, celery, carrots, garlic and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper to taste, herbs and fish sauce. Cover with water and simmer for 1-2 hours. Carefully, strain the broth and allow to cool.
Enjoy!

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3 Baked Sweet Potato Recipes!

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Buffalo Chicken
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Frequently Used & Favorite Items

Harvest Stuffed Sweet Potato

2 sweet potatoes
1 cup kale, chopped and massaged in 1 tsp olive oil
¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
2 tsp honey or balsamic glaze

Using a fork, carefully pierce the skin of the sweet potatoes all over. Rub with oil and season with salt to taste. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for approximately 1 hour or until fork tender. Allow to cool slightly before handling. Cut sweet potatoes in half and using a fork, fluff the insides of the potato. Stuff with kale and top with goat cheese, dried cranberries and walnuts. Drizzle with honey or balsamic glaze.
Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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2 sweet potatoes
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
½ cup hot sauce
¼ cup celery, finely diced
½ cup crumbled blue cheese

Using a fork, carefully pierce the skin of the sweet potatoes all over. Rub with oil and season with salt to taste. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for approximately 1 hour or until fork tender. Allow to cool slightly before handling. Cut sweet potatoes in half and using a fork, fluff the insides of the potato.  In a medium bowl, combine chicken and hot sauce. Stuff potatoes with buffalo chicken mixture and top with celery and crumbled blue cheese. Bake at 400ºF for 8-10 minutes or until chicken is hot and blue cheese has softened.
Enjoy!

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Potato
2 sweet potatoes
¾ cup cream cheese
¼ cup bacon, crumbled
¼ cup pickled jalapeños
¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Using a fork, carefully pierce the skin of the sweet potatoes all over. Rub with oil and season with salt to taste. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for approximately 1 hour or until fork tender. Allow to cool slightly before handling. Cut sweet potatoes in half and using a fork, fluff the insides of the potato. In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, bacon, pickled jalapenos and green onion. Set aside. Stuff with cream cheese mixture and top with cheddar cheese. Bake at 400ºF for 7-10 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
Enjoy!

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3 Baked Potato Recipes!

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Frequently Used & Favorite Items
French Onion Baked Potatoes
4 russet potatoes
2 tbsp butter
4 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
½ cup beef broth or mushroom broth
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
½ cup gruyere, grated
Parsley to garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Using a fork, carefully pierce the skin of the potatoes all over. Rub with oil and season with salt to taste. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for approximately 1 hour or until fork tender. Meanwhile, to make French onion filling, add butter to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and season with salt & pepper. Cook over medium-low heat for 15-25 minutes, or until onions are soft and golden. Add garlic and thyme and cook for another minute. Deglaze the pan by adding some worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Cook for another 1-2 minutes or until beef broth has reduced slightly. Remove from heat and set aside. Once potatoes are fork tender, using a paring knife, slice a pocket into them. Stuff with onion mixture and top with gruyere. Bake at 400ºF for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and melted.
Garnish with some fresh parsley and enjoy!

Pizza Baked Potatoes
4 russet potatoes
½ cup tomato sauce
¼ cup mini pepperoni slices
¼ cup green pepper, finely diced
¼ cup hot banana peppers
½ cup mozzarella, shredded

Using a fork, carefully pierce the skin of the potatoes all over. Rub with oil and season with salt to taste. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for approximately 1 hour or until fork tender. Once baked, slice a pocket into the potato. Spoon in a layer of tomato sauce into each potato and top with desired ingredients. Bake at 400ºF for 5-7 minutes.
Enjoy!

Breakfast Baked Potatoes
4 russet potatoes
½ lb breakfast sausages, casings removed
½ cup onion, diced
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
8 eggs
¼ cup cheddar cheese, grated (optional)
Green onion for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Using a fork, carefully pierce the skin of the potatoes all over. Rub with oil and season with salt to taste. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for approximately 1 hour or until fork tender. Meanwhile in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add sausage and break up the large chunks with the back of your spoon. Season with smoked paprika, garlic powder and pepper to taste. Once cooked, set aside. Once potatoes are cooked, cut a pocket into them and lightly fluff up the insides. Stuff skins with sausage, cheese and top with a freshly cracked egg. Bake at 400ºF for 8-10 minutes or until eggs are cooked to your liking. Garnish with green onion.
Season with fresh cracked pepper and enjoy!

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