Archive for December, 2011

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This is the time of year for persimmons and one of my absolute favorite ways to eat a persimmon is how my mother-in-law makes them. When there’s a good harvest from the persimmon tree at the ranch she peels them, slices them, rolls them up in a piece of prosciutto with a jalapeno slice, and bakes them until the prosciutto is nice and crispy. Prosciutto wrapped persimmons with jalapenos are the perfect spicy, salty, and sweet appetizer for your dinner table. Just how we like it here in Texas! This recipe is a part of the Gojee Potluck series. Gojee.com

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Limoncello Cookies

56 | December 12, 2011

A couple of years ago with a house full of Limoncello and Limoncino (an Italian lemon liquor) that my in-laws brought back from Italy, the Limoncello Cookie was born. It is one of my favorite cookies of all time and if you follow ISMS than you know the Limoncello Cookie recipe is making it’s second appearance, only this time in a more refined, prettier, and tastier version. Think of it as Elvis’ 1968 comeback, if you will. They’ve come to be a Christmas cookie staple in our house and this year I used them for the Great Food Blogger Cookie

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Nothing says comfort food like carnitas to this Texas girl. If you are not familiar with the term carnitas, it’s basically pork butt slow roasted in lard with a little spice. Unfortunately, I do not have pounds of lard around at the time being and when that happens, I use beer or chicken stock. Poblano Carnitas on Goat Cheese Polenta is by far one of my favorite meals and a top choice meal to entertain with because I can cook the meat the day before a party and only have the polenta to cook the day of. Also good for