November 30, 2011

Turkey, Brie, Apple & Hot Pepper Jelly Panini

Don't you just love a happy accident?  I hate to waste food and was looking for another way to use the Thanksgiving leftovers.  While standing in front of the open refrigerator I came up with an idea. 

November 28, 2011

No. 48 - Classic Pecan Pie

I used to have a fear of pecan pie.  Not of eating it but of making it.  This was a completely unfounded fear as I had never even tried to make one.  I just remember so many people bringing runny pecan pie to some family event and thought mine would turn out the same.  Actually I could have left this pie in the oven a few more minutes, but it didn't affect the incredible, classic, taste of this quintessential holiday pie.

November 21, 2011

No. 47 - Spicy Peanut Pie


We're getting to the last of the 52 pies which means the end of 2011 is quickly approaching.  I am convinced that time accelerates minutes after you wash the last dish on Thanksgiving.  At this point I'm trying to make sure I've made at least one pie with all the fruit and nuts available in our area.  Peanuts have not been represented yet, peanut butter yes, peanuts and molasses not so much.  So this recipe appealed to me.  This pie has a very strong molasses flavor so if you don't care for it, substitute dark corn syrup.  It would taste more like a pecan pie but that's not a bad thing!

November 18, 2011

Perfect Pot Roast

There are many reasons why this pot roast is perfect.  First, it's perfectly easy to throw together.  Second, being able to cook an entire meal in one pot makes it easy to clean up.  Third, fourth and fifth, etc ... the meat is extremely tender; the vegetables are cooked to perfection; the roast smells like heaven while it cooks and the rich, savory broth makes really good gravy.  Oh yeah ... the leftover meat makes a fantastic roast beef sandwich.  The only other thing I can say about this dish is my family loves it! 

November 16, 2011

Lion House Rolls

When we first moved to Fredericksburg we found a great family owned grocery store chain named Ukrops.  They were based out of Richmond and only had one store in Fredericksburg.  We quickly fell in love with their fresh produce and fruits but also had a fit for homemade dinner rolls named White House Rolls.  How appropriate since we're 50 miles south of DC.  But the Ukrops family decided to sell their stores and closed the one in Fredericksburg forever.  I immediately worried about Thanksgiving, Christmas and all our other family celebrations.  Where in the world would we get great dinner rolls?

November 13, 2011

No. 46 - Apple, Cranberry & Currant Crumb Pie



I ran off for a couple of days.  I didn't actually go anywhere, just stayed home and worked on my never ending list of things to do. I didn't get everything done, but I made a dent.  In addition to my pile-o-chores, I started getting recipes together for Thanksgiving.  I kitchen-tested some homemade rolls which are fantastic.  (Recipe coming later this week) I even got the crock pot out and made a pot roast which will also be posted later this week.  And, last but not least, I made pie No. 46!  I can't believe there are only 6 more pies to go.  I think we're about to enter the nut phase of pie making, not that the whole thing wasn't nutty to begin with!

November 9, 2011

Peanut Butter Dog Treats


I had a plan. Famous last words!  I had planned to post a savory, hearty, wonderful recipe for beef stew today. Ohhh comfort food. I made the stew and took photos but unfortunately it still needs a little tweaking. No recipe will be blogged before it’s time! I’ll work on it and get back with you. 

November 7, 2011

No. 45 - Raisin & Maple Crunch Pie


This pie turned out so unique and delicious.  I wasn't really sure what to expect but these flavors really blend together marvelously!  This pie was a first place winner in the Amateur Division of the 2009 Crisco National Pie Championships.

November 4, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


What kind of foodie blogger would I be if I didn't post a creamy and delicious pumpkin pie smoothie?  A hungry one I guess!  I've resisted making a pumpkin smoothie because I didn't think I'd like it.  Was I completely wrong!  After making a pumpkin pie last weekend I had a little canned pumpkin left over.  I am so glad because this was great.  I went back to the pantry to make sure I have another can of Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin because I'll make this again and again.  It tastes like pumpkin pie to me but it's healthy, filling and completely appropriate for breakfast.

November 2, 2011

Chili for a crowd



A few weeks ago I mentioned our quick 48 hour, 1,400 mile trip to Atlanta and back to pick up our pop-up camper we bought from my brother David and Sister-in-law Briana.  Brother David was prepared for our visit by having the camper organized, the paperwork done, and a big pot of chili on the stove for dinner.  My husband and I LOVED the chili and just had to get the recipe. 
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