Articles Tagged Christmas

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Pork Loin

Rosemary and garlic go together like Christmas and cookies — it’s hard to have one without the other. When I’m cooking a simple meal with no fuss I usually rely on these two flavors, mostly because I have a rosemary bush by my garden gate that’s about to overtake the neighborhood. In all seriousness, if you’re ever in need for a flavorful dinner but are stuck in a rut, rosemary and garlic are two flavors that can boost up practically anything from fish (try rosemary and garlic roasted salmon), to meats, and even vegetables. Here’s one of our favorite simple

sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie always conjures fond memories of my grandmother. Not only was it her favorite pie but she also asked me to make it for her every Christmas. She would have her own pie as my grandfather was known for hiding the holiday pies and hording them for himself. Sweet potato pie is also my husband’s favorite so you can imagine how often I make this. Creamy, sweet, and full of holiday spices, Sweet Potato Pie with Maple Bourbon Whipped Cream is beyond a classic. I wrote this recipe for KitchenAid. Jump on over to their blog, KITCHENTHUSIAST, for

Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes

3 | November 27, 2013

It’s go time guys! I’ve just got back into town and have been trying to catch up on deadlines when I realized that Turkey Day is tomorrow! TOMORROW — and I have yet to cook one thing! From the second I get done typing it’s going to be crazier than a holiday at the Griswold house around here. So, if you find me passed out on the kitchen floor, you will know why. Just put a glass of wine in my hand and keep on walking. I realize there might be some of you last minute cooks – just like

cranberry sauce

Champagne Cranberry Sauce

9 | November 13, 2013

A holiday table without cranberry sauce is like Santa without cookies. It’s just all sorts of wrong. I used to think that canned cranberry sauce was just fine until I started making my own years ago. Just like making your own stocks and broths there’s no going back. I could be opening up a huge controversy here but I am going come out and say it, the canned stuff can not – in any way – compare to fresh cranberry sauce! What do you think? Am I in the wrong here? I grew up with the canned congealed block. I

Turkey Roulade with Cider Gravy

Turkey Roulade with Cider Gravy

0 | November 12, 2013

The smells of turkey and stuffing waft through the air, kids running at your feet, and your favorite uncle reliving the glory of his football days as he watches the Thanksgiving Day game — the holidays are here! I personally look forward to it as I’m a big sucker for any type of family gathering where I get to cook. I have an enormous family. I mean it verges on the cusp of ridiculousness. Ever seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding? It’s like that times ten which makes the holidays very entertaining. Speaking of holidays, it’s time to


My two favorite pies are chocolate and pecan. You just can’t beat those two in my book. But when I’ve tried to have the best of both worlds and combine the pies into a Chocolate Pecan Pie it never seems to be good enough. Although tasty, it’s overly sweet for my tastes. So I was lying in bed one night not able to sleep because I was thinking of what to bring for Thanksgiving when the thought of a classic dark chocolate tart with a pecan pie topping crossed through my head. The following day in the kitchen the Dark

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Today is the last day of our Santa Wears Sock Monkey Slippers Week! Honestly, it’s been a little exhausting and I’ve have no clue how the fat man does it but I have had a great time featuring some of the most unique and wonderful gifts that would be great under the tree this year! Today we are featuring Gifts for your favorite dog and cat. Ho, Ho, Ho and Happy Holidays from Mia and I! The Giveaway is now closed. The lucky winners are Raven and Stephanie! E-mails have been sent out. Going Places 2 {inspirational dog print} Ok,

Chicago Cufflinks by the Cufflink Maker

It’s day four of five of fabulous holiday giveaways and gift ideas! Today we are highlighting some unique gifts for Dad or the favorite men in your life! The Giveaway is now closed. The lucky winners are Jenna and Melissa (e-mails have been sent). Thanks to Jamie Riley and Dirty Deeds Soaps for theses wonderful gifts! Cufflinks by The Cufflink Maker Jamie Riley These aren’t your average cufflinks. Unique, one of a kind, and extremely fashionable, cufflinks by The Cufflink Maker – Jamie Riley, are the perfect gift this season for the favorite men in your life. Abundant in designs


It’s day three of five of fabulous holiday giveaways and gift ideas! Today we are highlighting some unique gifts for the home chef! Giveaway is now closed. Whole Foods Market {gift cards} Ever since I can remember I loved going to Whole Foods. I remember begging my parents to take me and my best friend down to Lower Greenville in Dallas (where I grew up) so we could hang out and eat in their in store restaurant. I should have known then that I was destined to always be a foodie. The Austin based natural and organic market first started


Welcome to our first day of five fabulous holiday giveaways and gift ideas! I’m a supper nostalgic softy when it comes to the holidays and what better way to celebrate than to highlight some unique gift ideas for your loved ones and giveaway some fantastic items! Today we are celebrating gifts for us girls. So grab your husband or nearest child and make a not so subtle hint for your Christmas gift. Giveaway is now closed. Foryoo Stamp Co. If your anything like me you are a sucker for stationary. I grew up in the south what do you expect?

one eyed jack

I’ve got my sock monkey slippers on (because it’s finally cold in Texas) and I’m ready to play Santa! Next week starting Monday morning we will be highlighting some of the best and most unique gifts for the holiday season and the best part….each day will have amazing giveaways, just in time for Christmas! Custom Gifts for Mom on Monday, great gifts for baby and toddler on Tuesday, gifts for the home chef on Wednesday, unique gifts for the man in your life on Thursday and we can’t forget gifts for your favorite pet on Friday. You won’t want to