Tips for a Stress-free Christmas Dinner

It's the most wonderful time of the year—yet many of us have a sense of impending dread at the thought of having to cook a fabulous Christmas dinner. The options are endless and dizzying. Somewhere along the way, the concept of a tasty home cooked meal shared with the people you love gets lost, replaced by panic and overcomplication. If this all sounds familiar, then maybe my tips for a stress-free Christmas dinner can help get you back on track. ...more
great tips and did you know that most slow cookers now have the take out pots so I use those for ...more

Big or Small Christmas?

Another NaBloPoMo prompt: - are you doing Christmas big or small this year?...more
Thanks! It's barbecuing away at the moment, we'll know in a few hours! :)more

Perfect Roast Beef

This is the perfect time of year to prepare and serve a roast beef.  This is easy and it’s something that’s sure to impress.  This recipe is more about technique then an actual recipe.  Follow these guidelines and you’ll be fine, I promise. ...more

How to Make a Standing Rib Roast

I always make too much food, but when preparing a standing rib roast, it's almost inevitable! The smallest I've seen is two ribs (about 3-4lbs), but you really need to roast this with the bone to get the most flavor. I really like this rub on beef and I tend to use red wine in the bottom of my pan to give it even more flavor. When basting, allow the rub to form a crust before basting it with a liquid. By doing so beforehand, you will just wash off the rub prior to it being infused into the meat. ...more

Cookin' Fancy at KMart

The other night, my Brasilian husband needed some help with the word “ramekin” and it reminded me of this story of what can happen when you try to get all fancy at the KMart in Griffin, Georgia.  For you culinary Philistines out there, ramekins are those little casserole dishes that you use to make creme brulee, pots de cremes, or souffles.   Or if you’re like me, you use them to serve mustard, ketchup or chopped onions at your fancier wienie roasts.  ...more

Potatoes au Gratin

Yep, Potatoes au Gratin, these are yummy, gooey, cheesy and yes; they are low fat.  Trust me my friend, trust me!  ...more

Hot Buttered Rum and Pecan-Encrusted Christmas Ham

Christmas at our home is always a huge affair. I plan every detail with the hope that my kids will remember the activities, events, and food of the season....more
This looks amazing. I just ate lunch and I'm nonetheless drooling...more

Idea For An Untraditional Christmas Dinner

I was gonna write about the holiday season, but since this bronchitis from hell cold has taken over my life for the past week, I'm gonna write about last Christmas; food to be specific....more