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The Monday Menu: December 14, 2009

I am here, or at least I was 3 hours ago, and my children? They're home in the frozen tundra with my sister trying to stay warm. While it may not be warm here, it is not 5 below. I will not complain, even when it rains every. single. day. Just because I'm here in California with Ole for work doesn't mean that menu planning for home didn't happen. … more


Peppermint Truffles from Ganache

So, you may have been wondering how much hot chocolate I was going to make with all that ganache the other day. Hot chocolate for everyone! Actually, not really. Hot chocolate for no one. Truffles for everyone...or at least for me. The bonus of making hot chocolate from ganache is that I successfully crossed off one of the items on my holiday … more

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Peppermint Twist Hot Chocolate and Christmas Traditions

I mentioned that the tree had made an appearance at our home not too long ago just the other day. Since the moment it walked in through the door and found a place to rest in the living room, Kola Nut has been asking every. five. minutes. to put the ornaments on. So, naturally, we made him wait until we were all there together. He got over the … more


The Monday Menu: December 7, 2009

We did it. The tree is up in the living room and the Kidney Bean is curious as ever. I wonder how many times he's going to ask, "Wh-is-it?" before he just gets used to its presence there. We haven't decorated yet, but I'm pretty excited to actually get lights and ornaments up on it. I'm not a trinket person, so really, this is it here. Ole … more

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Cream of Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

I woke up with a migraine yesterday. I have to say that after this odd three-week hiatus (unheard of if you're me), I particularly resented this one. It was just there. No usual phantom warning, flecks of light, odd pain elsewhere. There. Pounding at my eyelids and making it impossible for me to feel like dragging myself out of bed when my … more

One Deal, Five Meals: Let’s Talk Turkey

Maybe you've already purchased another turkey and stored it in your freezer. If not, I want to convince you to go out and buy one this week at a discounted price. Just because you had your fill on roast turkey and mashed potatoes doesn't mean you have to pass on that incredible deal at the local supermarket. This is the perfect time to stock … more


Creamy Turkey and Mushroom Casserole

Even if I may not be a casserole fan for 85 96.75 percent of the year, the cold weather has me craving creamy mushrooms and wild rice all baked together into a belly-warming dish of deliciousness. I hope you'll forgive me, but I'm going to talk about them (the mushrooms and rice) twice before I'm done. Here and again as a soup soon after. The … more