Monday, 30 December 2013

Pots de Creme!



For special occasions it is fun to add a bit of spark! This rich chocolate single-serving gourmet dessert can easily be made ahead for parties, holiday entertaining or for you and your sweetie for Valentines.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Dungeness Crab Cocktail with mustard sauce!


Perfect for your New Years Eve or New Years Day dinner!


My daughter hosted Christmas day dinner this year and asked me to make a few starters.  Thinking over the last few years of  Christmas dinner, and remembering being pretty full with appetizers by the time dinner was served....because they are just too yummy to pass up! I thought to make lighter choices. I ordered my Dungeness crab at Freshies, here on Mercer Island, Washington state. When Wee Bear went to pick up the crab, they shelled it right then and there!! So fresh, so sweet and delicious, nothing compares to fresh Dungeness crab! I served in a small glass shooter style vessel with a tiny seafood fork. Or, for a casual option, a large party or just to save on time cleaning up, plastic wine glasses, with the detachable bases works well too!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Friday, 20 December 2013

Brie filled Brioche! Perfect for the holidays!





Brioche may be one of my very favorite breads. Whether I bake or eat it,  there is so much pleasure associated to a homemade brioche. Think about the immense happiness that arises from biting into the sweet, soft, airy bread which, after one roll, invites you to a second one. For me, however, it starts with the smell, the yeast which ferments and diffuses its wonderful aroma in the whole house. As a kid, whenever my Mom used to bake a bread or yeast pancakes, I would hang out in the house, never going too far! Then I would sneak in to smell it, every now and then, lifting the towel covering the dough discreetly so as to check the puffiness of the dough. It was pretty fascinating actually. 

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Horseradish mashed potatoes!



Just in time for Christmas, I am offering a recipe you will use again and again! I can't say I've turned my nose up at any mashed potatoes, but these mashed potatoes take it to a new level! This recipe for horse radish mashed potatoes will become a regular! Perfect to serve along side your Christmas Prime Rib, steaks, roast beef, or braised short ribs. The horseradish gives this mashed potato recipe a wonderfully spicy kick. Yummmmmmmy! 

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Hangover Cures! Just in time!!

 It’s no surprise that drinking takes a toll on your body.
Most of us have experienced this sluggish, head achy feeling or an intense bout of physical illness from a Holiday party, a night out on the town or a Spring break weekender- our bodies tell us when we’ve taken it one drink too far, and it’s a physical reaction to alcohol that we all call a hangover. Today I give you some natural cures!

Friday, 13 December 2013

Sausage stuffing bites! Quick Party appetizer!





Thanksgiving is over, that box is checked and we are two weeks into December......and guess what??? I want stuffing!! I love stuffing! It is the essence of the bird! My mom made a very simple, delicious stuffing of grocery store bread, celery, onions, turkey seasonings and giblets, oh my... was it tasty! She would stuff the bird the morning of Thanksgiving and transfer it to the oven to cook with a muslin cloth blanket. It filled the house with such a warm and wonderful aroma, it was delicious! I loved stuffing then, and I am still crazy about stuffing!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Baby Boy shower ideas! Waiting for Cooper!





Baby showers no longer have to be the same old boring affair. A baby shower is a celebration of babies, family, and friends. Finding the right combination of gifts, food and themed decorations will make for some memorable and fabulous fun for the parents-to-be and their guests. 

Friday, 6 December 2013

Cinnamon Ice Cream- David Lebowitz



  • When I was a kid I assumed that cinnamon was sort of opposite of mint. I  reasoned that this was a basic and irrefutable rule of the universe. Cinnamon possessed heat through spice as obviously evidenced through cinnamon tooth picks we bought at the local candy shop and the warm sensation and flavor cinnamon imbued when I sprinkled it over applesauce or my peanut butter toast. It made logical sense to me that the heat of cinnamon was therefore the opposite of the chill inducing mint. Simply put: cinnamon = hot.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Pumpkin Pancakes with Cranberry syrup!


 Over the holiday weekend, because we had a house full of our children and grandchildren, I made a batch of pumpkin pancake batter and some cranberry syrup.Yum!! Let me tell you it went over big!! Oh my, these are probably the best pancakes ever!! And the cranberry syrup was outstanding.


Our Grandchildren Jacob, Julia and Emma with Jacob and Julia's Dad, Ross. Each of our Grandchildren have their own personalized place mat, plate and bowl with a different theme, that stay at Grandma's Teapot's home for their visits. They love it!