This classic Italian dessert is made with ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese in a trifle bowl or a springform pan
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Reminder: Instant read thermometers are not meant to be left in the roast during the cooking process.
A full prime rib/standing rib roast is seven (7) ribs, close to 15 pounds, and enough to feed a crowd of 14 or more people (depending on how big of eaters they are). The term “standing” means the bones are included in the roast, thus the roast can stand by itself. A rib roast comprises of seven ribs starting from the shoulder (chuck) down the back to the loin.
This is a favorite family recipe of the Lisle Family. It is perfect for Easter or Christmas Morning, Mother’s Day, or any special Brunch.
Strata is a savory bread pudding, consisting of layers of bread, cheese, and other ingredients, topped with an egg and milk custard mixture that soaks into the bread. It’s a great dish for brunch because it requires an overnight stay in the refrigerator. Assemble it a day ahead of time, and the next morning all you need to do is bake it.
Every day I’ll feature a recipe that will ensure your holiday get-togethers are stress-free and delicious. Whether you’re planning the big meal or need a dish for an impromptu gathering, we’ve got you covered! Stay tuned all week for our fabulous recipe suggestions!
Save yourself time tomorrow with a few do-ahead steps today for a very Happy Thanksgiving meal.
Putting a holiday meal on the table can be a daunting experience for first-timers and seasoned pros, alike. But with a little planning, everything will come together flawlessly. Avoid a last-minute scramble by making portions of your meal ahead of time.
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Only 5 months ( 152 Days) until Christmas.
Now is a great time to start your Holiday shopping!
Uncooked ham must be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. Fully cooked ham should be heated to an internal temperature of 140°F.The ham should be allowed to stand at room temperature for 2 hours before cooking. Bake the ham at 325′ for the time in the chart below
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Question: How Do I Estimate How Much Alcohol I Need for My New Years Eve Party?
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Most importantly, a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me and my business throughout 2009, particularly my best friend, Scott who has been along side me on the roller coaster ride. I would also love to thank all of my supportive “sales force” in BNI and the RCC. The support and networking you all did for me was “GREAT” (attn: Brian Sharp)!
It has been great getting to know some new customers this year, as well as catching up with old customers who have now become repeat customers! Champions! If you’ve been thinking about hosting a party in 2010, I’d love to hear from you, and have the opportunity to “Pamper” you something special.
I started this blog the weekend before Halloween. Since then i have created 165 posts which led to over 950 visiting readers on this website. THANK YOU all for visiting my site. This would not have been born without the special advice from John Lisle at BIZFEST and the amazing talent of Stephanie Urzi who created my brand and logo. A special thanks again to Scott Seviour, I would not be here if not for his website design work.
Have a great holiday…..Cheers!
Uh-oh. Have you procrastinated about doing your holiday shopping? Again? Alright, deadline-pushers, you can officially stop despairing. These tips will require a minimum investment of time on your part, and they’ll help you survive another holiday season while elating your friends and family as well.
The Post Office expects to deliver about 16 billion mail pieces between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Knowing when to send Christmas cards ensures that someone’s holiday is made jolly; sending Christmas cards too late adds stress to yours. Do it right this year!
Craft time can be just as fun in the kitchen with this candy penguin and igloo project. See how to make a wintery scene with your kids using edible ingredients like marshmallows, frosting, sugar cubes, and coconut.
Read on to learn how to choose the best tree for you, put it up straight without a struggle, and keep it fresh, fragrant, and hazard-free — plus, secrets to holiday cleanup. (more…)
Our party appetizer tips will help you plan your next dinner or holiday party. Eating appetizers offers a great way for guests to socialize while having something to do. You can place them strategically around your home to direct the flow of guest traffic and they are a nice thing to offer whenever alcohol is served so that guests don’t drink on an empty stomach.
Turn holiday leftovers into after-holiday delights with these simple ideas!
Cranberry Relish and Sauce
- Blend with your favorite mustard and spread on leftover turkey sandwiches.
- Spoon over yogurt and granola for a delicious and healthy treat.
- Add to vinaigrette dressing and serve over peppery greens, like arugula or kale, to create a delicious winter salad.
- Heat with a touch of Grand Marnier liqueur for an incredible ice cream or pound cake topping.
- Heat with a cabernet wine and serve as a sauce with chicken or pork.
Canned Pumpkin Pie Filling
- Add to oatmeal and top with a little cinnamon. Pumpkin pie oatmeal!
- Create an out-of-this-world pumpkin smoothie. Mix with milk and vanilla yogurt, then add a little cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and blend with a few ice cubes.
- Divide into ½-cup portions and freeze. Later, you’ll have just the right amount to add to waffle or pancake batter.
More Timely Tips
- Wine only lasts for a few days after the bottle is open. Freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays. It will be ready to add to soups or sauces. One cube equals about two tablespoons.
- Chop stale, leftover bread into crumbs and freeze. Thaw for use as a crunchy topping for fish or pasta, and for making meatballs or meatloaf.
- Freeze leftovers in individual portions. They make a tasty and budget-friendly alternative to store-bought frozen meals.
TODAY IS THE DAY TO TOSS OUT YOUR THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS
Don’t store leftover turkey in the fridge for more than three or four days. Eat leftovers within four days. Holiday food kept longer than that should be thrown out. Freeze anything that is not going to be used within four days.
Kitchen Tip of the day: Storing Leftovers
Cut the turkey into small pieces; refrigerate stuffing and turkey separately in shallow containers within 2 hours of cooking. Use leftover turkey and stuffing within 3-4 days; gravy within 1-2 days; or freeze these foods. Reheat thoroughly to a temperature of 165 ° F or until hot and steaming.
Here’s a list of common leftovers and recommended refrigerator storage times:
- soups and stews: 3 to 4 days
- gravy and meat broth: 1 to 2 days
- cooked turkey, meat and meat dishes: 3 to 4 days
- cooked poultry dishes: 3 to 4 days
- casseroles:3 to 4 days
- luncheon meats: opened package 3 to 5 days; unopened package 2 weeks
- pasta & potato salads: 3 to 5 days
This refreshing cranberry sauce can be made on Thanksgiving Day. That is how easy it is!
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Kitchen Tip of the day:
This Thanksgiving, whether you are roasting or smoking your holiday turkey, don’t forget the most important step: brining.
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Perfect Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving or Christmas…
I recommend making 1/2 cup gravy per person since it is Thanksgiving. You need that much gravy to pour over everything, and for leftovers. So here is the formula, click below to read the recipe.
Kitchen Tip of the Day
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A Thanksgiving turkey would be naked without the proper broth and gravy.
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Kitchen Tip of the Day = How to set a table
Setting a table is not as difficult as it seems. The basic rule is: Utensils are placed in the order of use, that is, from the outside in. A second rule, with only a few exceptions is: forks go to the left of the plate, and knives and spoons go to the right.
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Kitchen Tip of the Day = How to use a Microwave Rice Cooker
1. To cook rice, refer to package microwave directions. If package microwave directions are unavailable, a general guideline for four servings is 2 cups water to 1 cup rice. Fill cooker with water and rice. Cook on HIGH (100% power) 5 minutes; reduce to MEDIUM (50% power)15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
2. Place clear inner lid into base with outer rim upright. Set lid on top of cooker aligning lid tabs with handles. Pull locks up and over tabs to click in place.
3. Place cooker in microwave and follow package directions to begin cooking. Microwave ovens vary; adjust times and power levels as needed, beginning with shorter cooking times.
4. Remove from microwave with heat-resistant oven mitt or pad. Release locks from tabs. Caution: Steam will build during cooking. Using a heat-resistant oven mitt or pad, lift lid toward you, allowing remaining steam to escape away from you. Insert a utensil in center hole, lift clear inner lid toward you.
5. Refer to microwave manufacturers instruction manual for more information on cooking other foods.
Kitchen Tip of the Day
Whether your family calls it stuffing or dressing, most likely the first thing that comes to mind is Thanksgiving. However, stuffing is not just for holidays and not just for poultry. Many varieties of seafood and vegetables are also prime candidates for stuffing.
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HOW TO TOAST NUTS
Here is a great tip for your Autumn baking, I discovered that most nuts such as PECANS, ALMONDS, and WALNUTS toast beautifully in the microwave. Many Fall recipes call for nuts which are in season right now. By toasting them first, the flavor explodes and enhances your recipe. Instead of using your stovetop or oven, put this microwave method to the test. It worked like a charm.
Evenly spread nuts in a flat microwavable dish such as a small stoneware bar pan. Microwave on high or full power for 3 to 4 minutes for 1/2 cup of nuts and 4 to 5 minutes for 1 cup. Stir every 45-60 second intervals (which is good for all nuts) to control the toasting times during cooking. Do not over cook as nuts will continue to darken after being removed from the microwave.
Warning!! the dish will be HOT. allow to sit for 5 minutes to cool the nuts to room temp before using in your recipe