Roasted Red Potatoes

Holiday Suggestions

Roasted Red Potatoes

During the Holidays my home is pleasantly filled to the brime with family and delicious food. Thanksgiving Day revolves around one big meal but overnighters are hungry long before this meal is served. Here I’ve included several quick recipes to satiate those appetites until dinner is served. Sausage and Navy Bean Soup, a simple soup satisfying both young and old, can be made ahead. Tex Mex Migas, Austin’s fav, is everyone’s when you have multiple toppings to add. The Hot Chocolate Bar is fun for all. Shave your favorite chocolate bars for spooning into heated milk and don’t forget sweetened whipped cream and marshmallows. These Roasted Red Potatoes are simple but tangy tasty. And the perfect accompaniment with red meat. Continue reading for this recipe.

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Simple Desserts To Make

Family Favorite Baking

Simple Baked Desserts

Time intensive? There are only two recipes here that can’t be whipped up in minutes. Nothing like a fresh dessert in minutes. You might be able to tell just by looking which two require a bit more time … soo worth it.

I’m reintroducing family favorite recipes to have on hand during this busy season. So Delicious! Bottom Left: Best Coffee Cake, one of my popular recipes, can’t be beat for ease of preparation, satisfying texture and delicious flavor. Bottom Center: Don’t let the apple shape throw you. Use a baking dish if you’d like instead of this apple mold for this Apple Dessert or Apple Coffee Cake. Bottom Right: One bowl mix for this rich and moist Banana Spice Cake. Center Left: Caramel glaze makes this Banana Nut Cake amazing. Center Right: Pecan Pie Tartlets with a butterscotch surprise. Top Left: Provide a little more time for this Kolacky, a delicious pastry recipe. Top Center: Simple with ingredients and preparation, Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. Top Right: A very popular cookie recipe, chewy and moist Coconut Cookies.

All are very delicious! Give them a try!


Easy Cinnamon Toast

Holiday Style

Company Cinnamon ToastOne of Will’s favorites for breakfast! My oldest son is a little more particular now that he’s decades older. This doesn’t mean the taste of this favorite has changed. BUT the presentation has. The white bread has been replaced with any number of breads depending on our mood or availability. Cranberry Nut and Raisin Bread are favorites. Really dress this up with sanding sugar or pearlized sugar crystals (not too many) for that special brunch or breakfast. This is really simple and on the table in about 15 minutes. That’s pretty important especially for those Holiday breakfasts when you need to get family out of the kitchen fast, and move on to dressing the turkey. Enjoy!

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Sunday Breakfast Andolini Style

Brunch Pizza

Sunny Breakfast Andolini Style

Naples, Italy to Manhattan through San Francisco, and now Oklahoma, Andolini’s present destination. If you’ve been as lucky as I you’ve stumbled upon Andolini’s restaurant. My first taste experience at Andolini’s Pizzeria was many years ago while visiting winter cold Owasso, Oklahoma. (Yep, road warrior days.) It was so unexpected. But my affection quickly took hold for Owasso and this little restaurant. Both have grown exponentially … many others caught on. I, too, became a homeowner there. A couple of weeks ago I came across this video of Mike Bausch, one of Andolini’s owners, making what he called a Santino Colazione. It looked so delicious I couldn’t resist. You’ve got to try this! He didn’t give the recipe for his perfect pizza dough but if you’re close enough to one of his restaurants I heard he sells it.

Are you like me? Do you feel a pizza crust can make or break a pizza? If you live near Andolini’s that’s easy. Or try contacting your favorite local pizzeria. But if this is not practical here are some good options for pizza crust among my recipes: Linguica Prosciutto Pizza, Italian Flat Bread, Stromboli It isn’t just the dough though, is it? It’s the way it’s cooked. I prefer a pizza stone but transferring on and off can be a bit of a nightmare. Try placing your pizza pan right on the pre-heated stone if you have trouble with the transfer. Another option is Mario Batali’s Pizza Pan and Griddle … baking the pizza to perfection. But let’s get onto the recipe!

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Panettone French Toast

with Pumpkin

Breakfast or dessert

Panettone French Toast

While we’re all becoming very familiar with the popular overnight French Toast Breakfast Casserole know this is just a bit different. Pumpkin is added to the egg and milk mixture and poured over a rich Panettone. And why wait overnight!

I’ve baked my Pumpkin Panettone to use in this recipe. But know you can use just about any variation of Panettone.

I don’t know about you but I’m always running out of syrup. As a child I’d concoct these watery versions of maple syrup with maple extract, sugar and water. I was on the right track but just needed to heat the mixture for awhile to reduce and thicken. Enjoy my simple version of maple syrup. No maple extract? No biggie … It works without it too. Really!

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Pumpkin Panettone

Pumpkin Panettone

This is straight from my test kitchen. Ha! This is an amazingly simple recipe. A little time consuming but worth it. The texture is unchanged from the traditional panettone. The question is why. Why mess with the traditional panettone? It’s simple. Not everyone in our family is into candied fruit. And without the candied fruit where do you go? Pumpkin and toasted or candied pecans. You can add raisins or chopped dates if you must. It’s just a great change up for panettone.

I recommend a paper mold for baking. Baking time is a little faster using a paper mold, and clean up is a snap. This 2 pound loaf paper mold needs no greasing nor extra baking pan.

If you have any Panettone left give my next recipe a try, Panettone French Toast.

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Pumpkin Bread

With Coconut Pecan Topping

Pumpkin Bread

This is the best Pumpkin Bread! Topped with a deliciously rich Coconut Pecan Frosting. Slather the bread with this topping or go it alone. I’m telling you … You won’t be disappointed! I’m just on this pumpkin thing … trying to bring about Fall for some cooler weather. Well, today it’s 105! Yikes!

Both of these recipes, bread and frosting, I’ve had for years for good reason.

Enjoy!

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Portuguese Hash

 with Chouriço and Linguica

Portuguese HashThe recipe is simple enough. It’s about finding the right ingredients. Chorizo is plentiful around here but chouriço … not so much. So if I’m putting together this recipe I must be prepared to travel to a neighboring town where there is a Portuguese Bakery that happens to have chouriço as well as traditional Portuguese baked goods. Not so bad because it’s an excuse to load up on some goodies. In a pinch look for Spanish chorizo … It’s the closest to Portuguese chouriço. Now that we have that cleared up let’s not forget linguica. Choose your favorite linguica, mild or hot, heavy on paprika or not. Now we’re just about ready to begin. Just a few more ingredients.

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Simple Tea Ring

Make It Sweet or Savory

Sweet or Savory Tea RingThis family favorite can be made just about anytime. The second rising can be delayed by refrigerating over-night (up to 24 hours) for an early morning breakfast addition or a dinner time pleaser. Cinnamon Pecan this time! But another favorite is Turkey Cranberry. Change up this simple recipe to please everyone. This recipe is one you’ll want to add to your favorites. It fills the kitchen with a lovely aroma. And gives the feel of Fall. I bet an apple filling would delight too.

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Figs Are In Season

Fig Topping and Filling

Fig Topping

Beautiful figs … eat them quickly! Have you noticed you seldom see figs at your grocer’s even when in season. They’re a delicate fruit that spoils quickly. Several years ago I solved this problem by planting a fig tree in my yard … just plucking the fruit as needed once it ripens. It’s a pretty skinny tree but never fails to provide. I love using the leaves too when making a cheese tray for company.

Figs are a great fruit to have with wine and cheese. Eating the skin and all. For this dish I chose to peel the fruit but this recipe could equally be enjoyed with the skins if you appreciate the texture. Use this topping for ice cream, brie, or traditional pancakes as I’ve done here. Or, perhaps better yet fill crepes and top with whipping cream. If you have an abundance of figs and are into them as much as I use this as a filling on a simple white cake. For the rest of the year dried figs are a better option. Dried figs can be substituted for other dried fruit in recipes. Try my Prune Cake Recipe by adding dried figs instead.

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