Holiday Cooking Help

Since Thanksgiving just around the corner I thought I’d re-post some helpful information I have found online. For your cooking reference, here is my list of holiday cooking help, should you have any unforeseen cooking disasters on Thanksgiving Day. It’s not that I’m trying to jinx you or anything, but should something come up –…

Adventures with a Deep Fried Turkey

Deep fried turkey is not for the faint of heart or those afraid of scalding hot oil. A few years ago the hubs decided that he had to do this at least once. After doing much research online, including watching many videos on YouTube on how this cooking technique can go wrong, this is what…

Nine Perfect Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Another friend asked me for recommendations for side dishes for turkey day and other upcoming holidays. This not makes three friends asking for cooking resources – Gotta LOVE IT. So I put together my list of Nine Perfect Side Dishes for Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy these. Feel free to message me if you need…

Spiced Fruit Mishmash

When I was little my mother used to make this dish as a quick dessert. I am partial to this spiced fruit mishmash being served with French vanilla soy ice cream, but you could easily pair it with fresh whipped cream or just eat it alone. In the summer feel free to use fresh fruits,…

Cranberry Pomegranate Punch

Do you look for a great non-alcoholic drink to serve during the holidays? Something that will appeal to both kids and adults alike? I think this cranberry pomegranate punch is just what you’re looking for. This has the tang of seasonal pomegranate and a tiny bite from the cranberry juice. One thing I’m always looking…

Italian Bean Salad

Italian food is on my mind. Sometimes more than others. This recipe for Italian bean salad was a requested favorite while we were catering. It’s hard for me to acknowledge, but we’re coming up on the 1st anniversary of our closure. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year. There have been so many changes….

Sicilian Orange Salad

This recipe for Sicilian orange salad was another winery even recipe. One of my best friends from home has a brother that’s a local winemaker here on the Central Coast. If you’re ever looking for delicious Italian varietals look no further than Clesi winery in Templeton. If you go tasting, tell them Heather Pesco sent…

Vegan Mushroom Pate

We came up with this recipe a few years ago for a winery client. They were having a wine tasting weekend and needed a food item to pair with white wine that could last all weekend with minimal work on their part and without us having to be there the entire time. Result – Vegan…

Travel Well Appetizers

Have you signed up for my newsletter yet? No, what’s stopping you? You can click HERE and sign up for it right now. The joy of doing that is you get additional info that general readers don’t get access to. Once of which was my original post for travel well appetizers. With Thanksgiving right around…

Tuscan Bean Dip

I’ve been playing around with various bean recipes for the past few months, and keep coming back to this one. Happily it falls in with all the clean eating I’ve been doing. Its origins are from Suzanne Somers, and what can I say, but that woman knows a good recipe. This Tuscan bean dip is…

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken

You know I like trying out new recipes, maybe the word like is an understatement. I LOVE trying out new recipes, so it’s no wonder I really liked this slow cooker Mediterranean chicken recipe. Boy this was good. I decided to live on the edge too, made a double batch so there’s some in the…

Beet Risotto is Good for Fall

It’s fall recipe time, so I thought I’d share this one for beet risotto. This is not only a nice fall side dish but can also be used for Thanksgiving. I don’t have a clue to the recipe’s origin, but know we used this for many years when we had our catering company. BEET RISOTTO…

Trick or Treat Checklist & Safety Tips

I thought I’d post up a quick Trick or Treat Checklist & Safety Tips for Halloween tonight. I hope you and your little goblins have a great time. CHECKLIST Flashlight & extra batteries Treat bag Planned route Return home or meet-up time if parents are splitting up with different sets of kids House key Water…

Mini Pizza Bites

I tried out a recipe for mini pizza bites that were a hit with the family. They turned out great and my non-tomato loving child has finally become accustom to eating things with tomato sauce. Don’t feel like you have make dough from scratch. Any kind of pizza dough can be used for this –…

Taco Soup

It feels like I am doing NO preparation in advance for dinner lately. Case in point, this recipe for taco soup. It was a last minute desire for soup, I happened to have most of the ingredients on hand, however I did not have a recipe for taco soup using ground turkey. So onto the…