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Egg Nog Crème Brulee Recipe with Kahlua and Whipped Cream

Believe it or not, one of my favorite things during the Christmas season is egg nog.  It was something I couldn’t stand as a kid, but man do I love it now! It’s not like I’m chugging gallons at a time, but I do love a nice cold glass of egg nog.  With all that in mind, I figured mixing some into some crème brulee – along with some Kahlua – would be a pretty good idea. Man was I right! It’s delicious and not ridiculously easy to make, believe it or not. Traditionally, you want to put everything in…

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Bone In Standing Ribeye Roast Recipe with Red Wine Pan Sauce

The holiday season is in full effect, which means I’m dissing the turkey and saying yes to beef, just like in this Bone In Standing Ribeye Roast Recipe with Red Wine Pan Sauce!  I say it in so many of my posts around this time of year, but I just can’t stand to eat another bite of turkey for the rest of the year following Thanksgiving.  It’s not that I don’t like turkey it’s just that I ate it for Thanksgiving and Christmas for 25 years, so lately it’s been all about the bone in standing ribeye roast recpie and…

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Chocolate and Orange Panettone Recipe

I remember growing up in Detroit and always going to these huge extravagant Christmas Eve parties at my dad’s side of the family.  They were absolutely loaded with food, music, games and fun.  If you know an Italian just ask them about how much food is rolled out on any holiday throughout the year, you’ll be floored.  Honestly, you’d think we were getting ready to feed the entire neighborhood with the amount of food that is made.  There were literally several different tables set up by courses for you to go through and pick what you’d like to eat.  Obviously…

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Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Marshmallow Merengue

When I was a kid I wasn’t too adventurous when it came to trying new foods, and the holidays were filled with things I had never heard of.  We spent thanksgiving and Christmas at my grandparents’ house and we always hung out and ate in the basement.  When it came to dessert time there were the usuals, apple pie, pumpkin pie, ice cream, etc.  However, I do remember one time someone, can’t quite recall who it was (maybe my Uncle Jack), who brought a sweet potato pie.  I couldn’t quite grasp the concept of a potato pie because to this…

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Mixed Berries with Vanilla Crème Anglaise and Whipped Cream

It’s the season for barbecues, picnics, cookouts, and outdoor get-togethers – and I have the perfect dessert to impress your guests! This one is particularly patriotic, with gorgeous mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries), whipped cream, and a vanilla crème anglaise. You can make it ahead of time, so when it comes time to serve, you just assemble and sit back as your friends ooh and ahh over the sweet treat. The star of this dessert is the crème anglaise – a sweet, custard-like sauce that gets spooned over the mixed berries. It sounds fancy and intimidating,…

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Braised Lamb Shanks Recipe with Parmesan Risotto

I have always said that lamb and duck are hands down my favorite proteins of all time, and because they are it of course means I don’t get to eat them too often.  My wife isn’t too adventurous when it comes to eating foods that are a little different from the norm, and she especially won’t eat lamb or duck.  However, when it’s holiday season I usually get to make just about whatever I want.  For instance, I made smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving, which is definitely a little different than the norm, and the whole family was totally ok with…

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Baked Brie En Croute Recipe and Baked Brie with Cranberries

I have to admit, when I was growing up I couldn’t stand the thought of baked brie.  I thought the brie cheese in the center that was oozing out was delicious, but what on earth is this weird fuzzy layer on the outside protecting all that goodness in the middle?  I know now that the rind of the brie is intended to be eaten, but even to this day it’s a little weird.  It kind of has an earthy mushroomy flavor to it that is just plain odd.  However, when you bake brie with all the goodness that I did…

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How to make potato rolls with goat cheese and honey butter

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays I often take for granted.  We have so much here in the US, and so many things are readily accessible that we often don’t think about being thankful for the little things.  The past year has been incredibly challenging for me, mostly from a health standpoint.  I’m only 35, but man has 2016 beat me up, chewed me up and spit me out a couple of times.  I’ve had horrible back pain, surgery, been super sick, been deaf in 1 ear for a month, I mean I’m one whipped puppy.  Not-too-mention all the political…

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