Every Christmas season I start to brainstorm what small bites I’ll be whipping up to entertain guests and bring to all those holiday parties. The ironic part is that I typically get asked to bring the same two appetizers for every occasion. One dish being my “mom’s” famous recipe for cranberry meatballs. The other, raspberry brie cups. Why haven’t I put them on the blog yet you ask? Well, it turns out my mom’s recipe for the cranberry meatballs are actually one that was trademarked by Oceanspray (But I encourage you to look it up; it’s SUPER easy and they always win over the crowd). As for the brie cups, they may come one day but, today isn’t the day!
Today I’m here to save you all from having to brainstorm a last minute Thanksgiving contribution for your celebrations! This is an easy as pie, 4 ingredient recipe that can be used as an appetizer or to supplement the dinner’s bread baskets.
After a week long hiatus due to a nasty little summer flu that had me bedridden for a week, I am back just in time for the summer holiday. Today’s post is all about a fun, adults only, recipe to celebrate the patriotic weekend ahead. I came across zipicles in a recent trip to World Market. Essentially, these are the long plastic packets that hold the techa-colored fruit pops we loved so much as kids. Who knew they made and sold these empty packets for you to create your own? I had seen plenty of ice pop molds for sale but nothing like these before. Of course I had to purchase to try for myself.
What’s more fun than colorful Spring desserts? Its Easter week and I wanted to bring all you readers a fun, SUPER easy, and bright idea for your celebrations. I know I have made mention in the past that I am certainly more of a cook than a baker but, this post is a reiteration of that anecdote. If I am in charge of dessert I tend to try and come up with the easiest and quickest recipe possible. However, that doesn’t mean I like to sacrifice on creativity!
Its St. Patrick’s Day season! I can honestly say I don’t cook Irish style dishes too often in my house. But once a year I feel it is a MUST to have the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage. The only thing wrong with this dish is, it’s a little boring. I started to think how I could liven this dish up and still keep all the traditional components. And then I had an epiphany! I had been craving my great grandmother’s recipe for stuffed cabbage. It’s a traditional Polish dish that my family has passed down and it has become more of a special occasion meal. I thought… what if I swapped out the usual ground beef filling for corned beef and changed the usual tomato sauce to a vegetable stock?
I’m always looking to create meals that are easy to make but, don’t taste like it. These are the kinds of dishes that people will think you slaved all day in the kitchen when in reality you let the dinner cook itself.
It’s crunch time! Get those Christmas menus finalized because we are in the final few days before Santa arrives. If you are like me I tend to add in last-minute additions to my party menus because I never think I have enough food. That’s never really the case but; I know many of you like me will always feel that the crazy amounts we are providing looks meager once it’s on the table.
Everyone has their holiday meal traditions. One Italian customary meal that many families still partake in on Christmas Eve is the Feast of the Seven Fishes. This dinner celebrates the wait for Jesus’ birth. This commemorative meal became popularized in many Italian American homes and then began to spread. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is not something that my family participates in every year. However; we do have one seafood dish that is always included on Christmas Eve, calamari. My uncle hosts this night’s party and calamari marinara started to show up on the dinner table a few years back. Now I can’t picture Christmas Eve without it. Today’s recipe is my take on this symbolic holiday meal.
As promised I am bringing you another Thanksgiving leftovers idea. My family cooks for an army so every year there are extra potatoes, turkey, stuffing, etc. My family begins to fill Tupperware to the brim as doggie bags to send people home with. If you’re like us, you’ll now finally be able to put these dinner scraps to good use.
Now that I’ve bombarded you the past few weeks with crucial holiday side-dish recipes it’s time to start providing you with some post-Turkey day ideas! I know from experience that Thanksgiving Day, while it is the most climatic eating experience of the turkey, is certainly not the only that occurs during that week. That’s usually because there is always an abundance of leftovers. Behind the Plates is here to help with the first of a couple recipes to use up some of those remains.