November 23, 2011

Turkey Day Tips

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No pressure of finding the right gift and the theme of the day is eat, drink and be lazy with people you love. Who couldn't get behind a holiday like that? I've learned a few things over the years that will help create an ideal thanksgiving holiday. A bunch of no brainers but a friendly reminder never hurt anyone..

wear comfy clothes. you can be a fashionista 364 days a year but thanksgiving is a day where comfort should take priority. loose and baggy people. no matter how good and fit you feel in the morning, if you do thanksgiving right by 6pm you will feel like a sloth. a food coma in skinny jeans is not a good feeling.

just accept the fact that football is going to be on tv. there is nothing you can do about it. no one wants to watch the parade or the lady gaga thanksgiving special :(

families..we love each other to death but we bicker..its all in good fun, really..if you want to keep it at a friendly level do not bring up politics or religon.

cocktail, water, cocktail, water, cocktail, water..h2O breaks help with digestion and mental capacity. :)

Thanksgiving is like a marathon. If you sprint hard out of the gate you'll never make it to the finish line. Pace yourself. If you fill up on appetizers you will miss out on a lot of yummy food.

make sure you get your hands on some left overs. Seriously, there is nothing better because no one feels like cooking the day after thanksgiving.

Enjoy the day! If your lucky you have the day off and people to share it with. Remember to be thankful for not only the blessings in your life but the misfortunes as well. They make us strong, shape us into the people we are and remind us of what is most important in life.

Gobble til you wobble!

November 22, 2011

Easy Apps

I am in charge of appetizers this year for Thanksgiving dinner. I have never been given such an important role and I am little stressed out because I have to work tuesday and wednesday night. This gives me limited time to prepare everything and get over there while also throwing in at least a three hour nap to ensure I make it through dinner. No fear. I have found my answer. 4 answers to be exact. delicious appetizers with quick easy prep and cook time that will be sure to impress...

Zippy Green Chile Dip

8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup salsa verde
1/4 cup of milk
4oz feta cheese
1/2 bunch cilantro, stemmed
3 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeno chie, seeded and coarsely chopped
chips for serving

use a blender, combine the cream cheese, salsa verde, milk, feta, cilantro, garlic and half of the jalapeno, season with salt

scrape and dip into a serving bowl and top with remaining jalapeno. serve with chips

Corn Crisps
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups of frozen corn kernels (precook in microwave for 3min)
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
canola or vegetable oil

in a large bowl, combine to flour, salt, baking powder, cumin, sugar and cayenne. In a a medium bowl whisk together the egg milk and butter. stir the wet ingredients into the dry until they are blended. fold in the corn and scallions

pour oil into a lark nonstick skillet (should come up to 1/4 height of pan) and heat it until the oil is simmering. for each crisp , drop a slightly rounded tablespoon of batter into the oil. flattening it slightly with the back of the spoon

fry them in batches over medium high heat until they are golden. about 2-3 minutes. turn them over and fry them until the other side is golden. about 2 minutes more. transfer the crisps to a paper towel line sheet pan, sprinkle them immediately with a bit of salt.

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

1 (10oz) package of frozen chopped spinach
2 (13 3/4 oz) cans artichoke hearts
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 cup of sour cream
1 cup of freshly grated parmesan
1 cup grated pepper jack cheese

preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a casserole dish with nonstick spray

heat the spinach in microwave oven on high for 5 minutes and squeeze dry. drain the artichoke hearts and coarsely chop in a food processor

combine all the ingredients except the jack cheese in a large bowl. stir well. scrape into the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle the jack cheese on top. bake for 30 minutes. serve with chips

Brie de Croute
1 sheet frozen puff pasty, pre packaged
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup walnuts
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 8oz wheel of Brie
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
crackers for serving

preheat oven to 375 F

defrost puff pastry for approximately 15-20 min and unfold

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. saute the walnuts in the butter until golden brown. approx 5 min. add the cinnamon and stir until walnuts are coated well. place walnut misture on top of the brie and sprikle the brown sugar over the mixture. lay the puff pastry out on a flat surface. place the brie in the center of the pastry. gather up the edges of the pastry, pressing around the brie and gather at the top. gently squeeze together the excess dough and tie together with piece of kitchen twine. brush the beaten egg over the top and side. place the brie on a cooking sheet and make for 20 min or until pastry golden brown. serve with crackers

Happy Turkey Day!

November 13, 2011

This Christmas..

I had a realization recently. As the holidays come up I usually think about all the loot I want to get everyone and what I might get in return. This year I came up with nothing. I really do not want or need anything in my life. I am so blessed and happy to be where I am at. I don't always take the time to think about how blessed I am fact I take it for granted. I have a job, food on my table, clothes, a roof over my head, family, friends and a Molly girl that love me. What else could a girl ask for?

This year I challenge everyone to look outside yourself and your own family and see that their are a lot of people in need around you even in your own community. There are so many ways to help and it all really does help. Most churches have a giving tree where you can pick a name of an in need child you can by a toy for. You can adopt an in need family or donate to an organization that does. You can drop of non perishable foods at your nearest food drive or soup kitchen that help to provide holiday meals for families in need. I challenge everyone to do one thing for those in need this holiday season... big or all helps more then we will ever know. and it will make you feel good too!

Mother Teresa once said "If you can't feed 100 then just feed one. It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that we put into them that matters."


Loving this new Katie Perry song..

this one has also been on beautiful..