Monthly Archives: December 2012

Food Republic’s Top 25 Recipes Of 2012 | Food Republic

Food Republic’s Top 25 Recipes Of 2012 | Food Republic.

Here are 25 great recipes to help round out your year from Food Republic. These were the 25 most popular on their site this year, and they all look pretty tasty to try. Check it out!

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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Cooking, Cooking Websites


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Ideas for Christmas Leftovers

Ideas for Christmas Leftovers.

It’s always good to have a few ideas available for Christmas day leftovers or any holiday leftovers really. While I didn’t cook dinner on Christmas myself, here are some good ideas from Williams-Sonoma about things you can do with a few different ingredients that you may have leftover from the holiday. Check it out!

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Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Cooking Websites, Holidays, Leftovers


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32 Comfort Food Dishes From Around The World | Food Republic

32 Comfort Food Dishes From Around The World | Food Republic.

As the year begins to draw to a close, here are 32 recipes from Food Republic from around the world that you may want to try before you start to eat healthy in the next year. That’s my goal at least, although I will still be posting recipes I try and like that maybe aren’t always the healthiest choices. I did get some nice new toys for the kitchen for Christmas and a new cookbook, so I’ll be trying some different things and posting all about them. The holidays have slowed me down on having  time to blog, but I am going to get back to it regularly next week. I hope you all had a great Christmas and look forward to a wonderful new year!

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Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Cooking, Cooking Websites, Dinner


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Christmas Morning Breakfasts | Williams-Sonoma

Christmas Morning Breakfasts | Williams-Sonoma.

I have always loved Christmas morning breakfasts and its a big tradition in my family.After we have opened presents, we make a nice breakfast and just enjoy the morning and the time spent with each other. Williams-Sonoma has put together some nice ideas for Christmas breakfast or brunch if you want some new ideas or are thinking of doing this for your family or friends. Take a look, make sure to enjoy the morning and enjoy the time with your loved ones. Have a great Christmas!

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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Breakfast, Cooking Websites, Holidays


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10 Make-Ahead Christmas Appetizers: BA Daily:

10 Make-Ahead Christmas Appetizers: BA Daily:

With the holidays  coming, I haven’t had much time to focus on blogging, but I will get back to it regularly once everything is over. In the meantime, if you are looking for some Christmas Eve or Christmas Day appetizers, Bon Appetit has some good suggestions for you in this article. Check it out and have a Merry Christmas!

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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Appetizers, Cooking Websites


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Winter Party Appetizers Slideshow:

Winter Party Appetizers Slideshow:

Since we are continuing into the holiday season, many of us have holiday parties at home and are always looking for some new and different appetizers and finger foods to serve. Nothing against pigs in a blanket or shrimp cocktail, but its fun to try something new now and again. Here are 23 party appetizers from Bon Appetit that can help you do something this year. Some of them may be a little out of the norm for you as far as taste and price range, but others seem pretty tasty to try. Check them out!

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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Appetizers, Cooking Websites, Holidays, Snacks


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How to Make the Best Pork Chops – How to Cook – Cook’s Country

How to Make the Best Pork Chops – How to Cook – Cook’s Country.

Pork Chops seem to be a staple in every home. We all make them one way or another, but a lot of people are afraid of cooking them because they fear under-cooking or overcooking them. They can also be very dry just on their own if they aren’t done right and don’t have a little sauce to go with them. The folks at Cook’s Country give you some great techniques here on the best methods to cook pork chops, some recipes and some sauces to go along with them. Check it out and the next time you make pork chops you’ll be much happier with the results!

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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Cooking, Cooking Websites, Dinner, Pork, Sauce


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Classic Christmas Recipes from Bon Appetit Editors: BA Daily:

Classic Christmas Recipes from Bon Appetit Editors: BA Daily:

It’s not too early to start planning your Christmas meal out. I like to have a good idea of what I am going to make well in advance when I am hosting Christmas. This blog post from Bon Appetit features 6 great recipes of some dishes you would love to have on your holiday table. Check it out and see if there is anything you like.


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Spicing Up a Dreary Tuesday with Chicken, Red Beans and Andouille

Ever since I saw this recipe in the New York Times last week I have wanted to try it, and I finally got to the store and got the red beans and some Andouille sausage to make it. It’s a pretty simple recipe and I think you could probably even adapt it to be made in the slow cooker if you wanted to do it that way so it would be ready for you when you got home from work.

Spicy Red Beans with Chicken Thighs and Andouille

1 pound red beans, soaked overnight or quick-soaked, then drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 bone-in chicken thighs

1 pound andouille sausage (or linguica, or other sausage you like), sliced 1/2-inch thick

1 onion, sliced

1/2 bell pepper (your choice of color), seeded and roughly chopped

2 stalks celery, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons file powder (optional)

2 to 3 teaspoons red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Drain and rinse the soaked beans. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or other large, heavy pot over medium-high heat until the oil is hot but not smoking. Add the chicken thighs and brown well, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove the thighs, add the sausage to the pot and brown well, another 4 to 6 minutes. Remove the sausage from the pot. Add the onion, bell pepper and celery and saute, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Add the garlic and saute, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Add the thighs and sausage back into the pot along with the beans, the file powder (if using), the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and enough water to cover everything. Stir well and bring the mixture to a simmer.

Transfer the pot to the oven and bake until the beans are tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours, checking every 30 minutes or so after the first hour and adding water as needed if all the liquid has been absorbed.

That’s all there is to it. It has a nice, spicy, fragrant smell and the chicken and sausage go great with the beans. You could easily add some rice to this dish to round it all out. Throw in a side vegetable or a salad, and you are all good to go.

It’s just a quick little recipe for today. I have a few other recipes lined to try later in the week, including a new recipe for a banana cream pie, some banana cupcakes, and of course a few entrees along the way. I have lots of fish in the freezer right now, so I’ll be doing some fish recipes in the very near future if you want to check back for that. I also have a couple of special recipes for my own upcoming birthday meal next week if you want to see what we’ll be making for that. Until next time, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!


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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Cooking, Dinner, Poultry, Sausage


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