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Beautiful World Bread Recipe

When I was a new cook, I only knew how to cook one meal and even that one meal I was iffy as I guessed at how to cook perfect rice. This bread, however, has always been a winner.

Place 1 stick of butter and four ounces of cream cheese into a bowl. Make sure both are softened.
To that, add two teaspoons of lemon juice. Back then I used lemon juice from the bottle. Today I prefer mine straight from the lemon.
Add 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds and 1 teaspoon of Beau Monde Seasoning (beautiful world) seasoning
Top off with 1 teaspoon of mustard, a dash of salt and about two tablespoons of grated onion. Just use a cheese grater.
Mix together well and set aside.
Slice a loaf of French bread and place onto a baking sheet lined with foil.
Smother both sides of each slice with the creamy beautiful world blend.
Cut some swiss cheese slices into half diagonally.
Place one cheese triangle in between each slice of bread.
Bring the foil up around the sides of the bread.
Bake until butter mixture and cheese is entirely melty and bubbling over with flavor.

If you aren’t sure about anything else today, you can be sure of this recipe. You’re welcome.

 

Breaded Turkey Onion Burgers Recipe

There are just a few sniffs you can sniff that call you to dinner faster than fried onions. One time when I was making these simple, delicious burgers a neighbor showed up at my door step asking what I was making that smelled so darn good. It was nothing fancy. Just a humble dinner with amazing sniffs. It was the breaded turkey onion burgers.

Chop none medium yellow onion. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.


I love to use turkey for its flavor. Oh yes, and it’s healthy.

Add the onions into the turkey. This is also a great time to add some salt & pepper to the meat. Mix together well.

To form the burgers, lay saran wrap over a plastic lid.

Push turkey into lid.

Super easy uniform burgers!

Coat in flour.

Flavor to your liking. I like to add a little more salt & pepper, Spike Seasoning & Johnny’s Seasoning Salt.

Flip. Cook until inside of burgers reach at least 165 degrees.

Sit back, enjoy and be sure to make enough for your neighbors.

 

Stuffed Artichoke Appetizer

There are a few members of the vegetable kingdom that are especially stuffy. The artichoke is one of the stuffiest especially after this recipe…

This recipe will make enough filling for 3-4 artichokes. Great for a party appetizer or for a family dinner main course – super fun too!


Cut off the bottoms of artichokes so they sit level.

Trim off tips of all leaves (this is not necessary, but preferred since the ends are sharp) and rub each with fresh lemon to prevent browning.

Place artichokes in a pot with about 2 inches of water. Heat to medium heat with a lid loosely over the top. Bring to a light study boil for about 15 minutes or until middle of artichokes are tender.

Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan on high heat. Add about 1/2 of chopped onion.

In a medium bowl, sprinkle two tablespoons of flour over two cups of milk.

Whisk together until lumps are gone.

Pour milk slurry mixture into onions.

Add eight ounces of softened cream cheese. Stir in until fully melted.

Stir in a few tablespoons of bacon bits.

Add about 4 tablespoons of gruyere cheese. Stir in and remove from heat. Take about 5-6 ounces of salad croutons (garlic or Caesar flavor) and if they are large croutons,  cut each one into about four smaller pieces.

Stir croutons into creamy sauce & allow to set while you prepare the artichokes.

After artichoke is finished cooking, separate the middle leaves and remove center leaves.

You will sneak up on the sea urchin in the middle of the artichokes. Don’t be scared. Just remove the fur.

Under the fuzz is the heart of the artichoke – the tastiest part of one of the stuffiest vegetables. I like to rinse the inside to get all the fuzz off before I fill the artichoke.

Place artichoke on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Fill with stuffing and top with some grated gruyere cheese. Heat in oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted.

Plate and top with chopped flat leaf parsley and more bacon bits. If serving at a fancy party, just place a spoon inside so that everyone can place some stuffing on the end of their leaf. To enjoy in a casual setting, pull off a leaf, dip  bottom end of the leaf into the stuffing as you would a scoop. Bite down about 3/4 from the top of the leaf and slide top teeth along the leaf to receive the stuffing along with the artichoke. Discard the remainder of the leaf. Repeat. Smile. Repeat. Smile. Repeat. Smile… until midnight.

 

Mexican Dip Appetizer

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Making Mexican dip is a must at our house when it comes to having friends over. This time I put it on a round platter for a different look. Super fun.


Mexican dip layers:

  • Beautiful romaine lettuce leaves (optional but pretty if you are making the dip on a platter) Some people chop the lettuce up & place it in as one of the layers but I prefer not to do this since it ruins any leftovers when it wilts. This makes me feel unhappy.
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 pound of ground hamburger or chicken cooked with taco seasoning (break down into very small pieces so it’s easy to scoop up with a chip)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups guacamole (we like the zesty stuff)
  • 2 cups of grated cheddar or pre-packaged grated Mexican taco cheese
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of your favorite salsa
  • 1 – 2 cups of sliced olives
  • 1 bunch chopped green onions
  • Shorty baby tomatoes to place around the edge for pretties
  • And, of course, we can’t forget the tortilla chips.

Our family loves this so much that we have even had this as our dinner. This is a popular dish but if you still haven’t tried it, beware for you shall not be able to stop eating it once you get started. Ole’!

 

Snow on the Mountain Dinner Party Recipe

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Noooooo. Day 12 already??

When I was about 10 years old, our pastor’s wife changed our Christmas dinners forever. She introduced my family to Snow on the Mountain. I have heard this is a popular dinner in the midwest, but our home has had the blessing of introducing Snow on the Mountain to a number of northwest families over the years. Today, I share it with you. Because I love you.


This dinner is fun and oh so easy to prepare. It also allows you the opportunity to ask each guest to bring a part of the dinner. Just place the bowls on the table and have them fill in what they were in charge of bringing.

The other beauty of Snow on the Mountain is that everyone gets to put on their mountain what they enjoy eating. It’s kinda like everyone gets to create their own meal.

To prepare the meal, boil a large pot of water. Place three turkey legs and one turkey breast in water & cook until done. I forgot to get a picture of the turkey swimming so you just get a picture of the pool.

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Remove all turkey from broth. Pull turkey off of bones (be sure to get all them out) and place turkey back into broth in bite size pieces.

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When broth returns to a light boil, calculate how much broth you have and add chicken bouillons accordingly. Stir.

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Dear Bouillon Company,

Please stop with the little packaged squares. You and caramel company are getting on my last nerve.

Love,

Deanna

Update: Using Better Than Bouillon is much easier and better to create amazing flavor in your turkey sauce.

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Prepare and add water & flour slurry: Add one cup of COLD* water and one cup of flour to shaker**. Shake until well mixed together. Add to hot broth over medium heat. Stir and wait for broth to thicken into gravy. Cook for at least five – eight minutes. Evaluate gravy thickness and repeat flour / water mix again if necessary for bigger batches until you have gravy at the thickness you like.

*If you use warm or hot water, the container will burst. Don’t ask me how I know this. I just do… er… at least the newlywed me found his out.

**If you don’t have a Tupperware Shaker, just place in a bowl and whisk like crazy.

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Add salt, pepper & any other gravy seasoning you enjoy. If you don’t trust your own taste buds, have another person test the flavors as well until you reach perfection. Cook enough rice for the number of guests you are expecting. The rice is the main dish, so be sure to make plenty.

Now for the fun part! Setting the table. Here, I will show you. Let’s walk around the table together.

Rice.

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Turkey gravy sauce.

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Cheddar cheese.

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Celery.

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Pineapple.

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Tomatoes.

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Black & green olives.

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Slivered almonds (these are after all, my favorite way to enjoy almonds).

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Chow mein noodles.

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Green onions.

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And finally, coconut.

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The best part might be listening to everyone make fun of the corny poems & cringe at the idea of trying pineapple with turkey gravy. For me, the best part is remembering my childhood pastor, Pastor Brustad and his adorable wife Doris.  How welcome she made everyone in her home feel. I do miss both of them so.

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The tablescape? I went with three main colors of red, green & ivory. Candles add to the ambiance, of course, that is if they are not placed near the spoons. No flaming sleeves for Christmas. Because I love you.

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My sled is a treasure. I use it every Christmas & set it against a wall for decor during the winter. It’s too rickety for real use but works wonderfully for festive decor and dinner displays.

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If you are an avid reader of this little blog, you already know that I do love to use odd containers for everything food. Can you find them here? The punch bowl was a planter. The fork holders are canning jars and the coconut is in a vase. One. Happy. Party. Girl.

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Update:

Here are the poems we use at our house. Hopefully they will help you make a special set of your own!

Pick a plate and don’t think twice.
Pile up your mountain of rice!

If you miss this, it will be a loss.
So, good gravy, don’t forget the sauce!

These cheesy poems won’t melt your heart.
But cheddar on top is a good start.

Slivered almonds might be a bit nuts.
But you gotta try ’em – no ifs, ands, or buts.

Slender and green, onions add flavor.
Making tonight a memory to savor.

Fruit or veggies? It doesn’t matter.
Tomatoes are healthy & won’t make you fatter.

Black & green, salty & small.
Olives are delicious for one & all!

Celery is so fresh and hearty.
The perfect addition to our little party!

Chow mein noodles add the crunch.
So be sure to add a bunch.

Pineapple is so juicy & sweet.
Go Hawaiian for a nice little treat.

Your snow on the mountain is almost complete.
Sprinkle the coconut and let’s go eat!

Order of poems:
plate
gravy
cheddar cheese
almond slivers
chopped green onions
diced tomatoes
sliced black & green olives
chopped celery
chow mein noodles
diced or crushed pineapple
shredded coconut

 

Lime Raspberry Punch Recipe

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Day 11

Welcome to the 11th day of Christmas. Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times.


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Please do not take flash photography. 

And print this recipe immediately.

If you think this was a fun ride, you should taste it.

Ingredients

  • About 10 cups of ice
  • 3 liters of Sprite
  • One 12 ounce can of frozen lime juice
  • 1 cup raspberry syrup (found in coffee aisle at the grocery store)

Stir together in a punch bowl or if you cannot find your punch bowl like me, any large & beautiful glass container will do.

Add:

  • 1/2 container of lime sherbet cut into about 3 inch pieces
  • 2 cups of frozen raspberries

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Optional way of serving: Place a scoop of sherbet and a few raspberries into each punch glass.

Thank you and have a magical day.

 

 

It’s the Little Things

Some original pictures from this post have come up missing.

Day 9

Whenever you have gone to a very fancy party, restaurant or event, you have noticed it is the little things done with love that make all the difference.


Creativity without love = showing off & guests who leave with a void in their hearts

Creativity with love = inspiration & guests who wish they could return again tomorrow

If you cannot spend a lot of money on guests, you can always give away plenty of love & inspiration. It’s always fun to see what you can make with things you have on hand.

Here is a little box decorated with some scrapbook paper (old cards & calendar pages would work just wonderfully), rosemary, and a pine cone (which didn’t look too good on the back so I used that to my benefit as it was easier to glue since it was already flat). Fill box with verses, pictures or quotes.
This mini lunch bag is prettied with a ribbon misfit from an old craft project, scrapbook paper and an old phone clip. The clip is still useful as it can be repurposed in many ways. Fill bag with candies, a pretty soap or a mini candle.

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Buy your holiday decorations plain and you can redesign them for other holidays like this cute little bunny. Add a lemon thyme wreath, and he hops from Easter to Christmas!

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These Halloween boxes I found on clearance make for a perfect Christmas box with festive papers, a big black bow & shiny button. Inside? Bell candies or actual bells, of course. P.S. Black bows are always so very classy.

As we all know by now, the odder the juice glass, the more delicious the juice. Find inexpensive food safe bottles with fancy toppers for juice. You could not help but giggle if someone served juice to you in a shorty baby cutie glass like this. Am I right? The dollar store would perhaps be a great place to find something like this.

Make sure to buy them brand new & without perfume inside. Do not under any circumstances buy them from a second-hand store. They must be new & never used for perfume!

Remember this holiday season, in the midst of all the recipes, ideas & sparkles you are bombarded with, it is the little things done with big love that will count the most.

 

The Merry Cherry Christmas Drink Recipe

Day 8

I love, love, love this commercial. So much so that I may or may not of had to go purchase these little glasses.

Okay. I did. I may or may not have also chanted “Party Party! Party!” to the clerk when I bought them.



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To make this pretty little party in a mini martini glass, place these ingredients into a Boston shaker:

  • About 10 ice cubes for chilling
  • 3 ounces cherry schnapps
  • 3 ounces cherry vodka
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup 7-Up
  • One lime wedge (squeeze first & then drop lime wedge in as well for added flavor)
  • 5 maraschino cherries with or without stems

Place one cherry in the bottom of each glass. Shake well & pour drink into mini glasses. Makes about 5 mini martini glasses full.

I cannot guarantee that your glasses will sing, “Party! Party! Party!” but I can guarantee you a…

Merry Cherry!

 

Rocky Road Chocolate Tart

Day 7

It only took us over a year to finally get together after meeting through our community emails. When we finally did, I was thrilled that she had an English accent but I was the one who ordered tea. Meeting people for the first time always comes with lovely surprises and in this case, a recipe that I shall never be able to forget.


Just look at that buttery sweet crust, the slivered almonds (for this is my favorite almond shape of all) and the fudgy filling.

  • 8 oz McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits (In the US you can get these at Cost Plus World Market or Amazon.com) (Failing that, substitute with Graham Crackers, but only in an emergency)
  • 4 oz butter
  • 8 oz chocolate chips (use the good stuff, your mouth will love you)
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup sliced, toasted almonds (butter toffee peanuts are also particularly yummy)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

STAGE 1: Gently melt the butter in a pan. Finely grind the Digestive Biscuits (use a food processor or place in a zip-lock bag & beat with a rolling pin) and stir into the melted butter until completely mixed. Tip the biscuit mixture into a 9-inch loose-bottomed fluted tart pan. Press the crumbs down with a {straight-sided} glass to form an even layer on the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Use the side of a knife to keep the top of the sides even. Refrigerate until completely cold.

STAGE 2: Heat the cream in a pan. Put the egg yolks in a small bowl. As the cream begins to simmer, turn off the heat & whisk 1/4 cup of the hot cream into the yolks & then another 1/4 cup. Then pour the egg /cream mixture into the hot cream left in the saucepan & stir well. Add the chocolate chips and stir gently until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is dark, smooth, thick & very glossy. It takes a little while. Mix the marshmallows, nuts and cranberries in a clean bowl. Reserve 1 cup of this nut mixture and spread the remaining 2 cups evenly over the tart base. Pour the chocolate mixture, slowly and evenly, into the tart base, completely coating the nut mixture. It is easiest to use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to do this as it’s way more controllable than pouring from a heavy pan. Do not overfill the crust, but make sure all of the filling is covered. You will be left with about ½ cup of the chocolate mixture. Set this aside at room temperature. When that tart is filled with the chocolate mixture, carefully place in the refrigerator to set.

STAGE 3: When the chocolate mixture is set sprinkle the remaining cup of nut mixture over the top of the tart. Remove the fluted ring from the tart but leave the tart on the metal base as it makes it much easier to transport. Drizzle (or pipe) the remaining ½ cup chocolate mixture back & forth over the surface. Return to the ‘fridge to set.

STAGE:  4 Rejoice in a new friendship. Rejoice in a shared love of all things insanely funny. Rejoice in the Holiday Rocky Road Chocolate Tart.

You can also find this recipe on my friend’s delightful foodie blog, Foodie Footnotes where she writes about her adventures in baking as well as the amazing breakfasts she has tried in her travels.

But wait. There’s more. She is also a talented photographer & posts her pictures at Crazy Feet Photography.

Did I mention she has a British accent?

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12 days of Christmas: Seattle’s Pike Place Market and give away winner announced!

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Javier says:

December 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Nice pics!!! I’ll try to make it for the next photo session. =)

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Congratulations, Javier!

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Chocolate Covered Cordial Cherries Candy Recipe

Day 6

cor-dial: warm and sincere; friendly: a cordial greeting; cordial relations.

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This recipe couldn’t be more cordial.

 

Ingredients

  • 45 maraschino cherries (with or without stems)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup cherry juice from maraschino cherry jar
  • 1/8 cup bourbon whiskey (or water if you prefer no alcohol)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pound Wilton Chocolate Pro Fountain & Fondue Chocolate Wafers

NOTE Regarding bourbon, you can replace cherry juice with another 1/8 cup of bourbon is you especially like the boozy flavor. You’re welcome.

Drain but keep & refrigerate the juice as it is tasty & can be used in beverages such as pop for a fun twist.

Lay cherries on a few paper towels to allow excess juice to drain while you make the filling and melt chocolate. Use paper towels to dry tops of cherries also.

If you have ever been sad to see the boxes of cordial cherries disappear from the store shelves, you will be ever so happy to see this recipe coming. Just place butter, powdered sugar, cherry juice, bourbon, & salt into mixer. Turn on to a low speed until some of the powdered sugar is mixed in with the other ingredients & then turn to higher speed to prevent powdered sugar flying everywhere. Dough will be very firm but pliable like playdough.

Wrap cherries in pretty pink filling, then roll between hands to form a ball. Place them onto a flat tray that will fit in your fridge.

Pretty in pink. Place in fridge for about 15-20 minutes to chill. This makes them easier to dip.

Melt chocolate over double boiler. Or, you can use the microwave and melt 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between the 30 second intervals until nearly melted. Stir until fully melted.

I set my cherries on a fork and then gently tap over edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. I then use a knife to carefully slide the cordial onto parchment to allow the chocolate time to set on parchment paper.

Cordial cherries may be placed in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to firm up if desired.

Glory be.

cor-dial: chocolaty and cherry; sweet: a cordial tasting; cordial perfection.

 
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