I’m not usually one to follow traditions when it comes to food and food holidays like Thanksgiving. What can I say? I get bored easily, and I like to try new things. It’s not always something that my family appreciates, but if I’m the one doing the cooking, then I’m the one who gets to decide what’s on the menu. *insert evil laughter here*
Appetizers & Snacks
You guys, it’s apple season! Can you feel the slight chill in the air and the warm scent of cinnamon that is just about everywhere? Yeah, me either but I’m hopeful that it will happen soon. Even though it’s September, today in Illinois where I live the temperatures are supposed to be in the 90’s with a heat index in the 100’s. UGH! Oh well. Since there’s nothing I can do about the outside temperatures, I might as well make it feel like fall on the inside and cook up a batch of Slow Cooker Homestyle Apple Pear Sauce with Amaretto.
Back in the 70’s (my high school days) I remember cucumber dip being all the rage. It was a tangy mix of grated cucumber, sour cream, and onion. I decided to revisit what I recall was my favorite dip, and (naturally) add my own twist to it for a 2016 update.
Whenever I’m at an American county fair or street festival, I always make a beeline directly to the corn dog stand. Corn dogs have always been something I crave, and they’re the one “food on a stick” that I enjoy more than all the others. Until now, of course. For me, a hot and hearty “Corn-Wurst” now takes the blue ribbon in my heart.
Store-bought puff pastry is truly a modern miracle for bakers everywhere. With a minimum effort and fuss, anyone can turn out impressive dishes or desserts that look like they belong in the front window of a bakery or French patisserie.
The reason I called this “Company’s Coming” Corn Flake Muffin Tin Crab Cakes is because they’re for those special occasions where you want to impress your guests. But shhh. Don’t tell them how easy they are to make. That will be our little secret!
This easy coconut ice cream is by far the tastiest ice cream I’ve ever made, and it only takes six ingredients! Since I’m a major coconut and pecan lover that probably had a lot to do with it! That, and the fact that it’s super simple to make and requires no noisy ice cream maker.
Can I tell you a little secret? I’m the girl who rifles through the mixed nuts to pick out all the cashews before anyone else can get to them. I know, it’s not my best quality, but I just can’t seem to help myself. So, the moral of the story is…if you like the cashews best, get to the Browned Butter Sweet Smoky Roasted Nuts before I do! LOL
Delicious Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Cookies are the perfect cookie for when you want something sweet, but also something healthy that won’t spike your blood sugar and still be completely satisfying.
Baked Pretzel Pecan Coated Chicken Tenders can be served as a main course or an appetizer. They’re moist and meaty, and their crunchy coating is like a party for your mouth!