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Hello 2021 πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽŠ

We are wishing you a very Happy New Year!

There has been enough said about 2020 so let’s move on to 2021 and look for the year ahead. We will kick off New Year’s Day with food, drink, and bubble friends at a small outdoor bonfire. Here is what is on the menu:

Before guests arrive we will start off with our deconstructed breakfast sandwich and a glass of moose milk to get the day rolling.

Deconstructed Breakfast Sandwich

The breakfast sandwich can sometimes end up being a soggy mess that is nearly impossible to eat. But they are always delicious. We decided to start preparing this dish with everything separated and cook it all at once so everything is served hot. We bought a stack of Lodge Cast Iron 10 oz Mini Servers,Continue Reading

Moose Milk

The Canadian military claims a variation of this wintery drink as their own, but for me it’s a memory of a trail ride outside of Tucson, Arizona with the Maloney family, men only, save your protests as the women on the family were very excited to see all the men go for 3 days andContinue Reading

Now for the party…one main dish, a salad and some snacks to roll out during the bonfire:

Shepherd’s Pie with Curry and Cheddar Potatoes

Like every recipe on this blog, we have to tinker with it… so we have taken the traditional shepherd’s pie and hit it with an over-the-top flavor profile that brings an often bland dish to a new level. We made this for a brunch and it was a big hit. You can make it inContinue Reading

Caesar Salad

Fresh crisp romaine with our mustard croutons and homemade Caesar vinaigrette is a fresh and delicious start to any meal. Ingredients 4 heads of baby romaine lettuce 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 1 cup of slices red onion slices that have been soaking in red wine vinegar for 1 hour, then drained CaesarContinue Reading

Mini Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Don’t judge. Sometimes a tasty snack that reminds you of growing up can be a delicious party treat. I buy high quality mini hotdogs and wrap them in thickly-sliced hickory smoked bacon from the butcher, and they are always the first to go. I am a big fan of “Fork in the Road” min dogsContinue Reading

Fried Short Rib Dumplings

The greatest thing about dumplings is that you can make them with just about anything. The dough is easy to make, or you can buy dumpling wrappers at Asian specialty stores, on-line, or sometimes at a larger grocery store. Our short rib recipe takes a lot of time and effort, so we always double orContinue Reading

Tzatziki with Fresh Herbs

There are so many variations of tzatziki sauce it is hard to keep up with. Β I like a very robust and rich sauce. Β It is important to make at least 4 hours ahead to ensure all the flavors blend together. Β This is great to make and just have in the refrigerator for a quick snackContinue Reading

Snickerdoodles

I have always loved snickerdoodle cookies, though the name is a bit odd. But why reinvent the wheel by changing the name, when it’s better to just enhance the recipe? Of course, I added a little Maldon sea salt to wake the cookies up a bit. There is one sneaky ingredient in these cookies thatContinue Reading

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

The bundt cake has a stigma of Grandma’s house specialty. This is a great cake that is very easy to make and serves as something for just about every meal, from dinner dessert to a breakfast treat. Ingredients 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, separated 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and extra to prepare theContinue Reading

Cookies & Cabernet during the Covid-19 Pandemic

I am a big believer in good cookies to end a dinner – and I mean very good cookies. Recently, I found a greater purpose for these tasty treats. When the lock-downs started to roll through the United States, it was tough to keep in touch with people beyond never-ending mass text chains. If IContinue Reading

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