It happens all too often to me. I’m browsing blogs, cookbooks, or Pinterest and I see a recipe that makes me say, “oooh! I have always wanted to make something like that.” Then, I mark it/pin it and promptly forget about it for a while.
But how about actually making those dishes? As I create more and more recipes in my kitchen, I think it might be fun to look at my “bucket list” and mark some of those off as accomplished. So…let’s get to it – what items do I want to make? Are there any you think I should add? I will try to update this list as I go…maybe one day I can check each and every one off!
Do you have any bucket list items to make in your kitchen as well? What are they?
Eggs in Purgatory
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Egg rolls or spring rolls
Homemade Popcorn – COMPLETE: Popcorn with truffle oil & asiago
Fried Green Tomatoes
Risotto – COMPLETE: Spinach and artichoke risotto
Homemade Salad Dressing
Butternut Squash Soup
Beer Can Chicken
Fancy grilled cheese
Black Bean or Veggie Burgers
Black & White Cookies
Popsicles in Prosecco
Ok. Here it is: a week after Thanksgiving and I’m just now getting around to showing you how we spent the holiday…in food form. Stuff happens. I’ve been busy. But I DID want to share our meal with you because it wasn’t an ordinary holiday meal. This year, my mom and I decided to do a twist on the traditional fare…with a Southwestern flair!
We wanted to keep the components of Thanksgiving dinner the same, but jazz it up a bit. One thing that DID stay traditional though was the table – it had to look presentable! And we’ll take any excuse to break out the mercury glass decor in any way. And the paper table runner? We scored a big roll of it at Ballard Designs – you just cut it to fit your table!
Let’s start with the turkey. We decided to go with a turkey breast instead of an entire bird, since there were only four of us at dinner this year. Instead of the traditional preparation of brining or basting…we did a spice rub! We prepared the turkey according to the packaging instructions, but rubbed it with this blackening rub beforehand. It added a nice spice kick to the meat!
Sweet potatoes need to go on the holiday table, and our version for this meal was the Southwestern Style Sweet Potatoes that I’ve showed you before. However, instead of doing them twice baked potato style, we simply scooped them all into a baking dish (and omitted the cheese this time). YUM! And since we already had the chipotles in adobo open for the sweet potatoes, we drizzled a tablespoon or so of the sauce from the can into our gravy to make a little bit of chipotle gravy. Um: that should be an added ingredient every time we make gravy: it was so good.
Mashed potatoes are absolutely necessary during a holiday meal, if you ask me. And these ones…oh the twist on these babies were so ridiculously good. We roasted some poblano peppers on the grill, removed the skin, sliced them open to remove the seeds, and stuffed them with mashed potatoes (mixed with goat cheese). We sprinkled some salt and pepper on top (and some extra goat cheese crumble) and finished them off in the oven.
Oh, and then we realized that we could spice them up even more…with bacon. Because everything is better with bacon. Amazing. The tang of the goat cheese with the smoky flavor of the poblanos and the saltiness of the bacon was heavenly. I HAVE to make these again. Very soon.
And of course, you have to have cranberry sauce. Not just any cranberry sauce though. For this meal, we made a jalapeno tequila cranberry sauce. Yeah. It was barely any extra steps to make than a traditional cranberry sauce, so we loved that. And the kick of jalapeno with the tart cranberries was a nice contrast.
Even though we were full from dinner, we had to make dessert. No pumpkin pie for us this time: we decided apples were what we wanted. My mom whipped up an easy and yummy apple dessert with puff pastry, apples, cinnamon, and sugar. After it was baked, this treat looked so gorgeous! We sprinkled it with some powdered sugar, added a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and even some whipped cream. Yummmm.
And then I was in a food coma for a day or two.
What is your favorite holiday meal item? Do you have any twists on traditional fare that you like to use?
Well folks…it’s about that time.
Today (and the rest of this weekend) I’ll be busy finishing up with the packing of boxes, painting of walls, lining of shelves, and all the other fun things that are associated with moving.
I’m really excited to share the progress with you over the course of time. There are quite a few projects I’ll be taking on, from creating some DIY decor to picking out furniture, to replacing floors. Yep…that’s going to have to happen at some point: I’ve got my crowbar ready. It’s not quite as satisfying as the thought of putting a sledgehammer through a wall (which I have always wanted to do) but it might be satisfying. Hopefully you’ll be interested in coming along for the ride with me!
Until I return…have a great weekend everyone!!!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope that all of you east coasters are staying safe from the storm today – and maybe enjoying a day (or two) off from work, perhaps?
I have to admit: Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays. I mean, you can’t beat Christmas for all of the hot chocolate, pretty lights, and the like, but there is something special about Halloween.
One of my biggest guilty pleasures is watching horror movies. I will watch any and every scary movie you put in front of me. I love the selection from the late 70s and early 80s – Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis was the very first scary movie I ever watched, and it never fails – I have to watch it again every year on Halloween. You can’t go wrong with movies from around that time – Friday the 13th (hello Kevin Bacon), Nightmare on Elm Street (Johnny Depp!), and oh so many more…