Our Thanksgiving Challah

With Karen Mordechai

Challah Isn’t this beautiful? This is my oldest son’s bread baking. I think I mentioned before … He is the perfect bread maker in the family. There is good reason … He is meticulous, doesn’t mind tedious and is detailed to a fault. That sounds like my accountant! Yep, he’s a CPA too. You can even see all these traits at work when visiting his kitchen here. Will has been making challah for our holidays for years. He is always searching for new recipes. How in the world do you improve on perfection! When he arrived yesterday with these in hand everyone pulled out their iPhone to get a shot. Seriously! We must give credit for the recipe to Karen Mordechai. She has a lovely new book, Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings. Will used her Challah recipe, changing the ingredients a bit but keeping the recipe instructions pretty much the same. Her recipe has become a quick favorite and definitely gives challah an amazing new look. Continue reading

30 Minute Beef Stew Revisited

Chicken Divan-Cordon Bleu Dish Coming Up next

30 Minute Beef Stew

I have lots of company coming! And I may love to cook but family first! So, its got to be quick. Yep, I’ll be cooking every night now until Thursday’s big meal. My plan is to put together meals that are quick and pretty much one dish … Like this 30 Minute Beef Stew. The Baked Chicken with Roasted Vegetables is another really good choice. Click on these links for the recipes. Sunday I’m putting together a new recipe combining all the good things in Chicken Cordon Bleu and Chicken Divan. Stay tuned to see the outcome. Until tomorrow!

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta Fazool)

Pasta And Beans

Pasta Fagioli

Dean Martin certainly created a curiosity about pasta fazool with his song “That’s Amore.” But it wasn’t until I heard a friend’s remark, he was driving around in his corvette when the rest of us were eating pasta fazool, that my curiosity was pushed enough … I needed to know. (Thanks Paulie) Simply put, this is a traditional Italian dish made with, you guessed it, pasta and beans … Originally a peasant soup usually made without meat.

Since those days I’ve tasted many versions of this soup and pretty much love them all. I’ve heard the chain, Olive Garden, has their version as well. So, I jumped on the bandwagon and created my own Pasta Fagioli.

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Candied Pecans and Candied Yams

Eat together or Separately

Candied Pecan Topped Candied YamsCandied Pecans are a great addition to recipes. Or eaten alone. Make this pecan recipe no more than a week ahead for optimum freshness and store nuts at room temperature. I’ve used these nuts in my candied yams for an added touch. And these would have worked well in my Apple and Cranberry Chutney. My favorite ‘though is eating a mixed greens salad with feta and candied pecans with a balsamic vinaigrette … And toss in a few dried cranberries.

Candied Yams are included here too. No surprises in the recipe except the potatoes are baked the day before and candied the following day. Why this two step process? My oven will be stuffed during the holidays and this reduces the baking time on the day of. Of course it all can be done in the same day.

Both of these recipes are easy and delicious.

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