Posts Tagged ‘Holidays with Home Ec 101’

Cornbread and Andouille Sausage Dressing

Heather says: The best part of this dressing, aside from it being fabulously tasty is, it’s gluten free! I have several friends who are either celiac or have friends who are. I love when I have a great recipe I can pass along, especially for a holiday meal. I’m not a huge fan of egg…

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Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day

Dear Home Ec 101, I have an 8 am Philosphy class, but I find that a cup of coffee and the crust from last night’s pizza is never enough to power me through my demanding 12 credit minimum. Do you have any no-effort suggestions, Taster’s Choice is pretty taxing already. Signed, Anemic in Akron Heather…

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Roast Some Turkey Necks for Awesome Stock

Heather says: Want to take your Thanksgiving recipes up to the next level? You can get started now by buying and roasting turkey necks to make stock. Want to get a jump on your Thanksgiving prep? Go ahead and make your roast turkey neck stock now and freeze it for your Thanksgiving recipes*. Would I…

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Rosemary Walnuts Recipe – Party Pick-up Nibble or Anytime Snack

Bobbie says: Nuts are one of my favorite snacks. Some folks think I’m nuts. Wait – does that make me a cannibal? Nevermind…you need to make these Rosemary Walnuts for your next party or even for your family just because you want them to feel special. Aromatic rosemary complements the rich, toasted walnuts perfectly, and…

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Hearty Mushroom, Bacon and Green Onion Spread or Dip Recipe

Bobbie says: This savory Mushroom, Bacon and Green Onion Spread is a perfect hearty appetizer or snack for holiday get-togethers or any time. Serve it as a warm dip with breadsticks or veggies. On Christmas Day, I served it chilled as a cracker spread, and it was a huge hit, especially with one of my…

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Crunchy Nut Toffee Recipe and Candy Thermometer Calibration

Bobbie says: Buttery, crunchy, goodness topped with chocolate and nuts. What’s not to love? Not much, in my mind, even without the chocolate. Toffee is an excellent example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Greater, delicious-er, abundantly gift-worthy and not too difficult to master. The hardest part about candy making…

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Gearing Up for Christmas 2010 & a Confession

Heather says: Before reality hit, I was thinking of doing a Countdown to Christmas in the same style as Countdown to Turkey Day, but then I began to think of all the extra traditions that some families have and the whole concept became overwhelming. If you’re trying to make sure you have everything ready for…

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Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Heather says: What’s your favorite cookie? Mine is the very simple chocolate biscotti. I prefer this recipe without the chocolate chips and with the walnuts, but since I was making it for the family, they got it their way. Biscotti is actually an ancient technique for making food fit for travel. Consequently biscotti is suitable…

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Practical Gifts for New and Aspiring Cooks

Heather says: Despite what the media wants to say, I know many families are in practical gift mode, either by choice or circumstances. If you have a new or aspiring cook on your list, some of these kitchen items may be a hit. With the exception of the knife block, I’ve tried to keep the…

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Countdown to Turkey Day: The 2010 Postmortem

Heather says: After big events or projects, a lot of companies like to get together and do what they call the postmortem. It’s a way to figure out what went well, what didn’t, and what you should do differently next time. You could do this privately and save it for yourself, but what’s the fun…

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Countdown to Turkey Day November 23, 2010

Heather says: Tick. Tock. Your time is running out. However, you’ve been following along with this year’s Countdown to Turkey Day and aren’t stressing, right? Grab your Thanksgiving Shopping List and buy your produce and other perishables. If you went the fresh route, pick up your turkey. If your turkey is thawing, take a moment…

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Countdown to Turkey Day November 22, 2010 We’re Getting Close

Heather says: I hope you don’t mind that I’m going to toss a little housekeeping into today’s post. The winner of last week’s Cooking for Geeks Review and giveaway is frequent commenter MrsBYork. If you’re random.org you’d know her better as commenter #17. Don’t worry, you can always add Cooking for Geeks to your Christmas…

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Countdown to Turkey Day November 15, 2010

Heather says: There are two items on today’s Turkey To-Do List. It’s time to clean out the refrigerator and start making room for the extra produce and the turkey. Get rid of all the science projects, expired food, and condiments that have been open since before Obama took office. Stop feeling guilty, just get rid…

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