Holiday Food

15 posts

Irish Cream Bread Puddings…..GAH!!

These are so delicious…I just…I just don’t even know what to say.  Make them and you’ll see what I mean. You can see all the shenanigans on the vid above.  Recipe in print is below: Irish Cream Bread Pudding: Makes four small-ramekin sized bread puddings 4 cups cubed French bread 3 eggs 1/4 cup half n half 1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup melted butter (cooled to almost room temp) 1/4 cup additional melted butter to line the ramekin dishes Chocolate Ganache: Recipe HERE Fresh Whipped Cream:  1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbs sugar.  Whipped at […]

Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots. “Fah Gahds SAKE!!”

Okay, THIS is delicious.  For full instructions and shenanigans, including my list of how to live the “Irish Way” watch the vid below. This is another one of my pressure cooker recipes.  I usually make corned beef in the crockpot, but I just got a new pressure cooker and I’m dang excited about it. Instructions/recipe: Put one corned beef, plus the contents of the spice packet in your pressure cooker.  Add 5-6 whole, peeled potatoes and one whole bottle of Guinness beer.  Set to the “chicken/meat” setting and shift time selector to “medium”.  The pressure cooker will heat up for about 10 minutes, then […]

Irish Soda Bread

Easy, frugal and it comes together in a snap:  It’s Irish Soda Bread.  You know those Irish mothers didn’t have time to mess around! Like I say in my live-recorded vid below – real Irish soda bread contains only flour, salt, leavening agents and buttermilk.  Mix it with a spoon, roll the dough around enough to make a nice ball (it will be sticky on the inside), bake it at a high heat to crisp the outside, and you’ll have bread for your family in about 40 minutes total. Recipe: 4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups buttermilk Bake […]

Divine Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Shannon’s Divine Red Velvet Cupcakes Light, airy, flavorful, delicate…..downright ETHEREAL light cake, and the “Lighter than air” whipped cream cheese icing (and the cherry on top) make these cupcakes stand apart from all the rest. Makes 2 dozen Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (room temperature) 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 4 teaspoons red food coloring (liquid) 1 batch Whipped Cream Cheese Icing (recipe below) 24 Maraschino cherries […]

Recipes for “Utility” Gingerbread and Royal Icing

I wanted to take a quick moment out of my family’s “gingerbread village project” to post the recipes for our “utility” gingerbread and royal icing. Utility Gingerbread: This is the recipe I use for ornamental gingerbread.  It’s sturdy, it smells nice, and it’s inexpensive to make.  It’s not the best tasting gingerbread, but it’s great to build with. This recipe makes enough dough for one large gingerbread house, or two small ones. *recently revised* 1 cup crisco 1 cup sugar 4 eggs 1 cup dark brown corn syrup 7 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon cloves 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 […]

Homemade Marzipan and Video Tutorials on How to Sculpt and Paint Marzipan Fruits

Marzipan is one of the oldest and most well-loved confections in the world. It’s roots lie in ancient Persia.  The original recipe consisted of ground almonds, honey and rosewater.  The confection was introduced in Europe in about the 13th century, and by the 16th century, sugar was added.  It was the food of kings. Marzipan is very popular in Europe and Latin America.  It’s used as a medium for sculpting edible treats, dipping in chocolate and as a covering for fruitcake. It’s very easy to make with a food processor, and it contains only a few ingredients:  Almond flour, powdered sugar, almond extract, rosewater, […]

Chocolate Ganache

I’m not saying that making your own chocolate sauce will change your life….  I mean if you’re not in the mood for an ethereal, (nay, even spiritual) experience that will make your childhood dreams come true.  If you never watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and secretly envied Augustus Gloop when he just drank the chocolate straight from the chocolate river….then this is just not the recipe for you. But. If you knew how easy it was to make your own chocolate sauce, would you do it?  What if I told you that you don’t even need to use […]

Rosemary Baked Chicken WITH GRAVY

How beautiful is this chicken?  I took this photograph while standing on my dining room table.  I have a perfect place right by my back sliding glass door where the natural light is good for about four hours a day. I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog.  I see my stats rising and I see that most of you are return visitors.  I want you to know that I really appreciate it.     Here’s a chicken I threw together for the first time a few weeks ago.  It looks absolutely obscene with all the butter, doesn’t it? I stuffed the chicken with 1/2 and onion and some […]

New Video: Simple Vegetable Soup for Busy People

I keep soup like this in my house almost all the time.  I make a big pot once a week, and I eat it almost every day. It’s great for lunch.  You can add a little leftover chicken if you want to have a little protein.  Or some leftover pasta if you want more carbohydrates.  I also love to add 1/4 cup kidney beans, black beans or chick peas to my bowl of soup.  That’s a great way to bump up the nourishment! It’s really low in calories and it’s filling.  I eat it as a snack in the afternoon to keep me away […]

French-Style Thanksgiving Turkey (with Gravy)

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us.   I must admit; as I was cooking this turkey for my blog I got little misty-eyed with gratitude.  Another year has passed with us all safe and well.  A hard year, yes, but one that yielded good things, ultimately. I’ve been cooking this particular turkey recipe for seven years now.  The smells of the fresh herbs, the butter and the white wine combine into this kind of magical formula that takes me back to every Thanksgiving past.   Little helpers clamoring into the kitchen….The excitement that Daddy is home… The pies, all lined up ready to be eaten. As a Marine […]

Fancy Cranberry Sauce

The days are clipping by so fast; it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is in only two weeks.  The difficult-to-manage four-year-old turns five next week, which is just unbelievable to me. So, I’ve survived the “first five years” SIX TIMES OVER.  That’s a lot of tying shoes, a lot of boo-boo kissing and a lot of folding tiny clothes.  A lot of diapers and potty training and cleaning up accidents.  A lot of little hands reaching up to tug at my clothes, and arms outstretched asking “hold me”.  A lot of standing over a tiny person – the water running, rubbing two little squirmy, soapy hands in-between my grown-up […]