The REAL Kringle

The REAL Kringle

For those of you familiar with Kringles and the Wisconsin bakeries that crank them out every day, you may wonder why I bother if the process is so intense. Well, it’s because “necessity is the mother of invention”. I wanted some diabetic versions for my mom but the mail-order company would only sell them in sets with flavors she didn’t want. Not to be defeated, I Googled how to make them and ironically, the recipe that showed up was from the same bakery. I adjusted it to accommodate Mom’s dietary needs and a tradition was born. So, for those who either want to make something really special for a gift or want to start a new Christmas breakfast tradition, here is how I make Kringle. By the way, the recipe makes two and I make six batches at once.

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

As promised, here is my favorite French Onion Soup recipe. Years ago, when we lived in South Africa, I found it in a magazine. The author of this deliciousness was Della Smith. Also, since I have not made it in a while, I decided to use the picture from the original publication. Unfortunately, I don’t know what that was. So that is as much disclosure as I can give.

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Bootleg Instant Pot Beef Burgundy

Bootleg Instant Pot Beef Burgundy

I just made a bootleg version of Beef Burgundy in my Instant Pot and it tasted so good I just had to share it. The original recipe came from Pinterest. But I adjusted it a bunch to suit what I felt like doing and my ingredients on hand. Full disclosure; mine was very soupy. That could have been remedied by using more flour. But it didn’t really matter to me since the mashed potatoes absorbed the liquid. It was the perfect meal for a cold, rainy night. Bon Appétit!

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The Best Punch Ever, Hands Down!

The Best Punch Ever, Hands Down!

Many years ago, my mom, Mama Gabe, did a reception for my cousin’s senior piano recital. (The man has mad skills.) Anyway, she made this punch. TO DIE FOR! I have never been a punch person because it all has soda and I am one of a tiny minority of people who cannot stand carbonation. But this recipe had so much fruit in it that I could eat the “mash” (non-soda part) by itself, like Italian ice. This is no three-ingredient wonder, not that there’s anything wrong with those kinds. But oh my goodness, is it worth the effort. It is now a staple of our Yuletide season and I will never make another.

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For Your Next Brunch- Breakfast Enchiladas

For Your Next Brunch- Breakfast Enchiladas

Several years ago, I was in Michigan at the annual gathering of my college mates. Our hostess, Holly, made these delicious Southern Living Breakfast Enchiladas. Since then, I have made them for literally dozens of guests and I think I have received compliments every time. They are super easy and you make them the night before. They are great for a crowd and leftovers are perfect for a quick morning meal. Serve them with some fruit and breakfast is DONE!

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Sides for a "Big Feed"

Sides for a "Big Feed"

When entertaining large groups, we have a favorite go-to comfort food: smoked pulled pork. To be honest, THAT is a secret recipe but I will tell you that it involves, brine, rub, and about 14 hours in the smoker.  However, I am happy to share two of our favorite side dishes which help make this meal a real feast.

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Creating Community at the Table

Creating Community at the Table

When I was in high school, I had the privilege of being an exchange student in Munich for a month. My host family, the Pfeifer’s, introduced me to what became my favorite meal there, raclette. It was so simple that it was genius. It consisted of boiled potatoes, sliced cheeses, seasoned salt and the essential raclette maker. So, what is it, exactly? A raclette machine is a two-tiered electric appliance. The top has a griddle that can be used for cooking or just keeping things warm. The lower tier has a heating element and individual non-stick trays. You simply put slices of cheese on your tray, melt them in the machine, pour that over your potatoes, then sprinkle it all with seasoned salt. A certain someone in my life thinks you could just stand next to a microwave and get the same result. If your desired outcome is melted cheese, of course he is right. But I don’t get the same sense of community by waiting in line at the Radar Range. (Yeah, that dates me.)

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Who doesn’t like chocolate covered strawberries? They are pretty, delicious, romantic, and impressive. If you buy them in the store or from an online vendor, you can pay a fortune for them. But what if I told you that you can make them yourself in a matter of minutes? Seriously! You can make them as simple or embellished as you want but no matter what you choose, they will make you proud.

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Grandmama's Mayonnaise Biscuits

Grandmama's Mayonnaise Biscuits

My husband’s tribe of English, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish lineage settled in rural Georgia. Southern cooking is what is all about on this side of the tree. I have loved embracing this genre. It’s not the healthiest, but boy is it good! On a recent visit to their house, my mother-in-law made her usual feast that most people would reserve for Thanksgiving. To accompany the already ample offerings, she whipped up a quick batch of her Mayonnaise Biscuits so I thought I would share them with you.

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