Turkey Wellington

Not everyone feels like handling an entire 20 lb. bird for Thanksgiving – if you’re just cooking for yourself or a few other special someones, that’s a lot of leftovers!  Or maybe it’s mid August and you want all the deliciousness of Thanksgiving without the 5 day pumpkin spice latte infused extravaganza.  Whatever the case, this holiday spin on a rustic dish is sure to please and wow even the pickiest of turkey gobblers.  The classic technique is a bit tricky, but the reward is SO worth it!

DSCN0566Turkey Wellington!
serves 10

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Thanksgiving Morning: Cranberry and Pumpkin Scones with Whipped Maple Butter

By  now most everyone in the United States is up and elbows deep in some delicious turkey day preparations.  My family’s Thanksgiving tradition generally involves no breakfast, me taking over any heavy lifting duties, as well as about 4 bottles of champagne for the cooks (of which there are usually 2 – you do the math).  This year we decided to be smart about it and make something simple yet filling and delicious to fill our tummies before the main event begins.  After just finishing my first bites and almost licking the butter container clean, I can tell you that these will definitely become a new part of our family tradition – how about yours?

pop goes the cranberry

Cranberry and Pumpkin Scones with Whipped Maple Butter!
serves 8

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Cheesy Garlic Bread

Sometimes, when dinner is hours away and you feel those hunger pangs, you need a little something to tide you over.  Or maybe you want to add a little decadence to round out a simple meal.  When you’re super hungry or your family/guests are circling like vultures when dinner is hours away, there’s one thing that’s sure to be loved by everyone, is super simple, and goes with a ton of different meals: garlic bread!

There are a few little-known tricks to making garlic bread that will put yours miles ahead of the rest.  All in all, you can throw this together in about 15 minutes as an offering to the gods of hunger, or maybe as an afterthought to a delicious pasta meal like my Campanelle with Chicken and Mushrooms: a few pieces of deliciously buttery, cheesy garlic bread along with a glass (or 4) of wine and you can get back to the good stuff – enjoying your time with friends and family!

served here with creamy chicken farfalle (that's for another post!)

served here with creamy chicken farfalle (that’s for another post!)

Cheesy Garlic Bread!
serving varies

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Horseradish Crusted Salmon Fillets

Once in a blue moon I crave fish.  I’m really not a fish lover… the only two types of fish I (rarely) will eat are tuna – seared rare of course – and salmon.  I’ve enjoyed a chilean sea bass or two (aka Patagonian Toothfish – ohh marketing) but due to its environmental price I try to steer clear of it.  That being said, the usual chicken, pork, and steak dinners can get a bit dull and, just as at my alma mater, sometimes you have to throw a fish or two into the mix.

I’ll be honest here – one of the main reasons I don’t venture into cooking fish often is that I really just don’t know how.  I put some research into this next recipe, though, and it paid off – it was delicious and flavorful with a super crispy skin.  Not so bad for a piscatory diversion from the norm!

crispy flaky fishy forn

Horseradish Crusted Salmon Fillets!
serves 2

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And so it begins… Baguettes avec Crevettes!

I’ve always been a big blogger… back when I was a teenager I had my own personal blog, but for some reason I never ventured into food blogging.  I LOVE cooking – its my get-away-from-it-all activity.  So, I figure, why not give it a try?  I have some delicious recipes I’d love to share with the world, and I love learning about new techniques and flavors.  I’ve been going through a lot recently and have been using cooking as a way to get me through the hard times.  Maybe I can share some of the comfort I find with you 🙂

Most of my recipes are made with minimal ingredients due to an unwillingness to get off my butt and go to the grocery store.  In fact, some of the most interesting and delicious recipes I’ve created have been born of laziness!  In addition to telling you everything you’ll need in a recipe and how to cook it, I’ll also suggest a wine or two (sometimes, rarely, a beer) that I think would go really well with the meal.  Drinking wine (or anything!) is another mini-passion of mine.

Right now due to some upheaval in my life my recipe box is packed up in my friend’s car… but not to fear, I do have a few recipes memorized.  This is one of them.

So, here goes… my first recipe to share!

crustaceans and carbs? win

Shrimp Baguettes with Butter, Garlic, and Lime Sauce!
Or…
Baguettes Avec Crevettes 🙂
serves 4

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