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November 2018

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A THANKSGIVING TABLE – DESERTS

CRANBERRY TART

After the sumptuous, not to mention calorific-infused meal, everyone will be lounging back, groaning in a comatose state, waiting for the football games to kick off.  The second round no doubt is coming up, after some much needed digestion where the eagerly awaited deserts come into play.  Apple and pumpkin pies make the customary appearance, but these are a nice addition to the usual contenders.   CRANBERRY TART     This tart is pretty spectacular, not only in looks but…

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A THANKSGIVING TABLE – APPETIZERS

CARAMELIZED ONION DIP

It might be abominably indelicate and neglectful not to present some form of pre-dinner nibbly-bits for your guests and family  to munch on while they are catching up on the year’s activities.  What better way to pique the appetite for the main event than with some avant-guard cocktails and some of these amazing appetizers before and the wolves pounce to devour the lovingly prepared dishes at the table?   CARAMELIZED ONION DIP   This is a killer dip and a way better…

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A THANKSGIVING TABLE – FALL COCKTAILS

What are the holidays without some kind of celebrative cocktail concoction? And of course, infusing the flavors of Fall into seasonal creations that will make your guests and family think you’ve got a clandestine bartender part-time job. FALL SANGRIA – 1 LARGE PITCHER This is a Fall fave. The trick is to acquire the brandies well before hand, as most liquor stores will be out of these particular types, as a lot of holiday drinks utilize these flavors.  This sangria will…

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A THANKSGIVING TABLE – BASICS

ROASTED TURKEY

So, the holidays are imminent and it feels like 2018 blew by in a sneeze.  Hard to believe Thanksgiving is a scant  week away and Xmas decor was being displayed in shopping malls and anchor stores even before Halloween was over.   Emails are already streaming in for Black Friday sales, all part of today’s commercialized bombardment.  Thank goodness we have family gatherings where we rejoice and food plays a momentous part on these occasions. The strategy has commenced for this…

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A THANKSGIVING TABLE – SIDES

GINGER-ORANGE GLAZED CARROTS

For many Americans Thanksgiving, may be about the proverbial turkey, tater mash, pumpkin pie and were the expression food coma doesn’t even begin to describe your state of euphoria.  Let’s face it, we eagerly await this holiday, because it brings cozy and comfortable recollections of family get-togethers and wonderful cooking.  No matter how impatiently the culinary offerings are awaited, don’t lose site of the message – it’s a time of reflection and truly being thankful for our many blessings, the everyday things…

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A THANKSGIVING TABLE – CRANBERRY SAUCE-PALOOZA

cranberry bourbon vanilla sauce

Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce is like 4thof July without fireworks.   With so many tried and true recipes for cranberry sauce, why crack open a can of the jelly-like sauce which is flavorless, uninspiring and completely and unimaginative?  Seriously people! The tart-sweet flavors and vibrant crimson color are a quintessential necessity for the holidays and a perfect dish to make ahead, as the flavors become even more epic. For the not so faint of heart and the ones that want to…

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