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Top-Rated Thanksgiving Recipes

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**2021 Repost - Serve these 5-star Thanksgiving recipes to a crowd this year!** Happy COVID-19 Thanksgiving! Like us, your holiday likely looks a bit different this year. I was initially disappointed that I wouldn't get to play hostess with the mostess to a large gathering of family, but that would be just like every other year. 2020 is special. When else will SN and I have the opportunity to have a romantic Thanksgiving meal, just the 2 of us? You know, other than that year we ditched everyone to take a cruise . That was a fun Thanksgiving too. 2020 Thanksgiving = no need to clean the house, no need to be limited to traditional foods, no need to travel, no need to make small talk with people you don't really like. (To any friends and family who are reading this, that last part was totally just a random example for my blog readers. I like you!) 2020 Thanksgiving = do whatever you want. Sleep in. Dress fancy or dress in your PJs. Invite the dogs to join you at the table. Watch

Mojito Watermelon Fruit Salad Recipe

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Mojito Watermelon Fruit Salad Recipe This will be your new go-to dish for potlucks, parties, and holidays...and breakfast. Well, probably not right before heading to work. Oh, it's the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas already? Even better. We're celebrating  wine festival season! I've even brought you home a souvenir this time. Here in New Mexico, we're spoiled with stunning scenery and a unique culinary heritage, which result in some of the best wine festivals in the USA. There's something for everyone with the Wine & Wagyu Weekend in gorgeous Angel Fire, followed by the Taos Summer Wine Festival in the prestigious Taos Ski Valley. Calling all Instagrammers. These fields of flowers are just growing on the side of the road in Angel Fire, NM. They have the world's most beautiful wine festival setting without even trying. If I had to choose, I'd say Angel Fire is best if you're a cowboy at heart and Taos is best if you're mo

I Bought a Chayote. Now What?

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I decided to try a chayote after seeing it on sale at my grocery store for only $0.50 each. I had no idea what to do with chayote (okay, I had no idea what a chayote even was!) and decided to cook it with another ingredient I never know what to do with, cauliflower. It turned out to be delicious! Recipe variation: For a more filling meal, toss the final product with buttered egg noodles. Kitchen Pig LOVES Sherry. He's a bit of a lush.   So healthy and pretty. Chayote with Cauliflower and Sherry Recipe Serves 3; Time to Make: 30 minutes This is such a yummy recipe. Don't omit the sherry - it's the best part! 1 chayote squash, cut into bite-size pieces, none more than 1/2 inch thick 1 cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces 1 small onion, diced 2 tsp butter 2 tsp olive oil 1/4 C hot water 2 Tbsp italian seasoning Pinch of curry powder 1/8 C sherry Heat oil and butter in a large pan, preferably a wok with a lid Saute onion Add chayote a

Cream of Broccoli Soup - Instant Pot Recipe

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The snow keeps falling on the NM mountains and Sexy Nerd and I keep craving soup. Our two Instant Pots are getting a workout. Seriously. This is my third soup post in a row. It's just that good. (Also seriously, I'd love for it to stop snowing. Some of us need to get to work.) (Not Sexy Nerd, whose employer likes him to stay home/stay safe in bad weather. Coming home the other night, I was stuck in a 3 hour (!!!) traffic jam caused by icy roads. It was the same day my XM radio trial ended because of course it was.) I've been perfecting my  Cream of Broccoli soup recipe . That one was good, but I wanted one that's vegetarian. I mean, Cream of Broccoli probably should be vegetarian, right?  That said, this would be sooo good with bacon. Cream of Broccoli Soup - Instant Pot Recipe Sexy Nerd doesn't even like soup and he keeps making this. Cream of Broccoli Soup ( Instant Pot  Recipe ) Serves 4 1 Can of Campbell's Cream of Mushro

Ham and Cheese Crepes Recipe

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I slaved over these homemade crepes all day. Just kidding! My secret ingredient? Prepackaged crepes, which taste just as good, if not better, than homemade. Ham and Cheese Crepes For something so simple, don't these look so fancy? I have a fantastic recipe for you today. But first, behold the 50 calorie giant cookie...   Giant YUM! And only 1 measly gram of fat. Can you believe it? Best of all, with the help of your toaster oven, these mega-cookies crisp up in less than ONE minute! Prepackaged crepes, where have you been all my life? Of course, you can also devour these  Frieda's French Style Crepes (or other prepackaged crepes) as they are intended, with a fruit or mascarpone filling. It couldn't be easier to fancy up a crepe.  Filling them with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows before their party on the stove or in the toaster oven gives you smores crepes. Blueberries and whipped cream (skip the toaster oven!) is also yummy. But h

Old Amsterdam Cheese

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What kind of cheese is Old Amsterdam? Old Amsterdam is an aged Gouda cheese made of cow’s milk. Compared to a younger (not aged) Gouda, it has a harder texture, more deepened color, and an intense, buttery flavor with just a hint of sweetness. If you're a cheese simpleton like I used to be, you might see this post and wonder  What does Gouda taste like?  It has a strong, rich flavor. I think the best way to describe it is that Gouda tastes fancy. (Yes, fancy!)  Old Amsterdam Cheese FAQs, Recipes, & Wine Pairings - Gouda 101 for Cheese Simpletons Have you ever made a sandwich, only to have your slice of cheddar add pointless, wasted calories because you can't taste it among all the other ingredients? This isn't a problem with a bold slice of Old Amsterdam Gouda. It's a cheese with a strong flavor. Old Amsterdam Pairings Old Amsterdam cheese pairs well with simple ingredients, such as fruit, choc

Cake Mix Pudding

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Quick side note: Google is ridiculous. Did you know if you search ' cake mix pudding',  every result is for cake mixes that contain pudding and recipes on how to add pudding mix to a cake you are baking? When I think of CAKE MIX PUDDING, I want a pudding that tastes like cake mix. If you're like me, you've arrived at the right place. What's your favorite kind of cake? You can easily turn it into a delicious, no-bake pudding. Cake mix pudding! Just think of all the possibilities: Devil's Food pudding, Red Velvet pudding, Pumpkin pudding, Funfetti pudding, Strawberry pudding... Here is a quick and easy and SO GOOD dessert recipe that can be made ahead of time for your 4th of July get together. This is a million times better than those boxed Jello Pudding mixes. Think of this as more of a thick custard - you'll actually be able to turn your spoon upside down without your cake mix pudding falling off! (At least for a little while. I don't want to s

Coffee Whipped Cream

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You've surely seen the coffee whipped cream , also known as dalgona coffee, that is trending. It is popular for whipping equal parts instant coffee, water, and sugar into a thick glob.  I love to use this to enhance desserts, topping ice creams, puddings, cakes, and more with a creamy jolt of coffee flavor. In addition to being tastier than plain ol' dairy whipped cream, this is convenient because the ingredients are shelf stable. Perhaps best of all, coffee whipped cream is fat free, so you can totally indulge in a 3rd parfait! Coffee Whipped Cream So, how do you make Dalgona coffee AKA coffee whipped cream? It couldn't be simpler. In a coffee mug, add equal parts instant coffee and sugar. Add a pinch of your desired seasoning. Pour in a small amount of very hot coffee*. (Example: If you used 1 Tbsp of instant coffee and 1 Tbsp of sugar, you will all 1 Tbsp of very hot coffee.) Whisk everything with the milk frother. It should come together in only about 1