Honey Garlic Meatballs + Other Easy Holiday Appetizers

What are the chances that you are either hosting a gathering in the next few weeks or that you are responsible to take a “dish to share” to someone elses home?  Pretty good, I would assume.  Tis the season for cocktails, appetizers and gorgeous, festive finger food and friends, I’ve got the hookup right smack dab here.

So, without further ado, I present to you the most merry, yummy, gorgeous little ditties south of the North Pole.  Happy App’ing!   Continue reading

Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Meatballs

SONY DSCFriends, it’s all beginning!  Snow.  Elastic pants.  Food overload.  Family time.  The holidays….yay!

Are you all set for Thanksgiving?  Turkeys brining?  Recipes ready to rock and roll?  We will be hosting my in laws again this year so it will be cozy and quiet…looking forward to a wonderful day with lots of food.  When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner I’m a bit of a traditionalist….aside from throwing in a fun, new salad here and there I like to stick to the basics.  Classic roasted turkey.  Mashed potatoes and gravy.  Stuffing. Those are the basics….delicious, dependable, crowd pleasing basics.  And then…in my house, there is no such thing as a Thanksgiving meal without Ina’s Spinach Gratin-I die.  And a good old fashioned cranberry sauce-can never ever ever get enough.   Continue reading

Cherry Lime Mojito

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Well.  I’ve been sitting here pondering what to call this recipe.  Picture this:  my husband and I are both on the couch.  I’ve got the laptop, well, in my lap as it should be, and he is reading Lord knows what on his phone.  He looks at me: what are you stuck on?  Me:  I’m trying to figure out what I should call those drinks.  Nick:  a summer slurpee?  

So, theres a couple of reasons I didn’t go for his suggestion. First off, we certainly don’t run a 7-11 out of my kitchen, as much as I love the thought of that.  Second, its not 1987.   I didn’t just get back from riding my bike to the gas station up the road to spend all of my hard earned allowance on a cherry icey and Big League Chew.  This recipe must never be called a Slurpee of any sort.   Lets go ahead and give him an A for effort, but clearly I’m on my own with this one.

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Thai Chicken Pineapple Kabobs with Coconut Rice

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Right here we’ve got a bunch of my favorite flavors all muddled into one fabulous, stand-out meal.  The tiny bit of peanut butter in the marinade takes the flavor of this juicy, smokey chicken straight over the top….the pineapple adds the perfect hint of sweet acid and the coconut rice just simply turns this number into a home run.  So yum.

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Slow Cooker Reuben Melts

 

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When I first moved up to Minneapolis I waited tables at this place.  There was a reuben on the menu that they were sort of known for at the time.  But it wasn’t like any other reuben I’d ever had.  The corned beef was braised.  So the results were not a slice of dry beef, but the most tender, pull-apart, juicy bliss.   It was basically like a love child between a pot roast and a corned beef brisket.

Fast forward about a bajillion years and here I was, just this past weekend, standing among a St Patricks Day haven at the local market:  a giant cooler full of corned beef briskets.  Score!  Totally trying this reuben thing at home.   Continue reading