Your Holiday & Seasonal Guide for Food & Lifestyle

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Red Wine Reduction Sauce Served over Filet Mignon

Dinner for two with a red wine reduction sauce served over filet mignon. Sometimes there are occasions when you require a special dish.  Whatever the reason to impress a certain someone, celebrate a festive time, or just say “I love you,” I have a great dish to answer that celebratory need.  Its Red wine reduction sauce served over filet mignon.  It may look […]

New Year’s Day Remembered and Fun Facts

The history behind New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day is observed on January 1st.  It marks the end of the old year and the first day of the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar.  It’s a time for Americans to reflect on their past and hope for a better future.  Many traditions have been […]

Rosemary Roasted Shrimp Appetizer

Start your holiday celebration with a rosemary roasted shrimp appetizer. The holiday season is here and it’s time to indulge your taste buds with homemade delights, family traditions and gourmet decadence.  This is certainly not the time of year to forsake your warmest heart’s desires… and assuredly, there are a lot of desirable foods to satisfy anything you crave.  If […]

Spinach Spanakopita Triangles with Feta Cheese

Spinach spanakopita triangles Here’s a delicious appetizer that’s bursting with flavor!  My Greek spinach spanakopita triangles are the perfect indulgence when you are in the mood for a small bite.  These little pockets are made of Filo dough wrapped around a spinach and feta cheese filling.  Filo dough is light, flakey, and crispy and melt-in-your […]

Spanakopita Mini Bites with Puff Pastry

Spanakopita mini bites are a great appetizer for indulging your Greek cravings. And don’t they look delicious too?!  They’re certainly not your typical appetizer.  The spinach and feta filling is a tasty combination of vegetable and cheese.  Puff pastry dough adds a rustic, homemade appearance that will help your guests feel warm and welcomed. This dough […]

Pineapple Casserole with Cheese and Rosemary

Pineapple casserole is a must have side when baking ham! We all know pineapple and ham make a great combination.  Having ham for dinner?  Then try something different like my pineapple casserole as a side dish.  It’s easy to prepare and it makes a great addition to your meal.  My baked ham with pineapple and […]

Baked Ham with Pineapple and Coke

Baked ham with pineapple and coke is an easy main dish for any celebration. Do you love eating baked ham?  I do especially when it’s so easy to make.  This is a main dish that serves a lot of people and sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Be careful though…when you try my special baked […]

Chocolate Hummus with Sweet Pita Bread

Chocolate hummus with sweet pita bread is a tasty blend of chocolate, almond and cinnamon. When I first considered making this recipe, I thought that the only thing that chocolate and chick peas had in common was that they both begin with “ch”!  The more I worked on it, the more I realized that the […]

Croque Monsieur Mini Bites Appetizer

Croque monsieur mini bites are a great way to indulge your taste buds with flavors of ham, gruyere, and mustard. When you think about it, croque monsieur is just a fancy grilled cheese sandwich; but my petite appetizers have what it takes to transform that everyday staple into an elegant indulgence.  Using the mini whole wheat toasts […]

Baked Brie with Cranberry and Rosemary

Baked brie is a wonderful combination of cheese, cranberry, honey, pecans, and rosemary. New Year’s Day…a time for reflecting on the past; contemplating new objectives; resolving to accomplish those things we deem to be most important in our lives.  There is a lot to think about at the dawn of a new year, but one […]

Chocolate Dipped Cake Balls

Chocolate dipped cake balls are a sweet dessert for your next holiday party. Do you want something sweet and have a craving for chocolate?  Then I have an idea for you.  Try my chocolate dipped cake balls!  These bite sized treats are as fun to make as they are to eat.  First decide what type of […]

Irish Cream Cocktail for the Holidays

An Irish cream cocktail is a thick and creamy drink for the holidays. The holidays are for celebrating, so why not add another dimension to “holiday cheer”?  Try my Irish cream cocktail, and you’ll be off to a great start.  This recipe combines light cream and sweetened condensed milk to create a richness that goes […]

Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge with Cranberry and Coconut

It’s a sweet treat for your Christmas holiday gathering. It’s nutty, it’s sweet, it has a bit of tang…its chocolate hazelnut fudge with cranberry & coconut!  Yep, it’s that time again…putting up the lights, wrapping presents, savoring the memories that draw you in with every ornament that you place on the tree!  Decorating for the holidays always seems […]

Spanakopita

This is not your ordinary spanakopita…but its close! Although Spanakopita is a traditional Greek dish, my family recipe now has a unique twist…I never use FILO dough. You might find that to be a little unusual, but if you knew my family, I think you would understand.  I remember as a child, the process of […]

Artichoke Mini Bites Cocktail Teasers

Serve these delicious morsels at your next cocktail party. This recipe was inspired by an artichoke appetizer dish that is delicious when served warm on crackers.  The idea for the artichoke mini bites came to me when I discovered the coolest mini square muffin pan this past weekend.  You never know what you’ll find when […]

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