Nov 25, 2015
Thanksgiving is tomorrow—how did that happen! This year I’d like to put more emphasis on the “thankful” part. Isn’t that what the holiday is all about?
Pumpkin Ginger Cookies
My husband’s uncle has a tradition at the Thanksgivings he hosts. They go around the room and everyone says one thing they are thankful for. I think that’s a great idea! I am thankful for my college daughters coming home for the holiday weekend—and I am making Pumpkin Ginger cookies to greet them. Continue Reading →
Nov 23, 2015
Now that we’ve had a few cold days, I can feel winter in the air. I love the change of seasons (especially when it follows a long autumn) with winter’s promise of snowdrifts and sugarplums.
Spiced Syrup, Served
Winter is especially nice if you serve it up with a warm drink like hot spiced cider. Made from freshly pressed apple juice, warmed with cinnamon and vanilla beans, it is a fragrant and warming winter drink. Brandy or vodka optional. Continue Reading →
Nov 19, 2015
Growing up with a Danish mother, my childhood lunches or dinners regularly included liver pate (or leverpostej as we knew it). My siblings would gobble it down, considering it a treat, and I would eat just enough to take the edge off my hunger or ask for tuna fish. Yes, this was not the part of my heritage I most enjoyed.
Mushroom and liver pate
I do remember when I started to appreciate the dish, however. It was many years later and this time had a French twist. My husband and I were attending the Festival of Cheese at an American Cheese Society conference and enjoying the specialty foods there (amid the mountains of amazing cheese). One of these was a liver pate by Les Trois Petites Cochons. We kept going back for seconds and it soon became a fixture on my holiday appetizer trays. Continue Reading →
Nov 15, 2015
Yesterday I went to my first official holiday party—yes it’s time! “Whiskgiving,” a pre-Thanksgiving potluck, was put on by a group of Wisconsin bloggers (Wisconsin Whisk), and came complete with carved roast turkey! The nice thing about blogger events is that I always come away with an idea for a recipe or two—this time Fall Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad.
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad from above
I was planning to post the dish that I brought to the potluck, Pumpkin Swirl Mini Cheesecakes, but in the end that recipe sometimes comes out great, then fails, then works, then… So I need to hold off until I figure out all the variables. Continue Reading →