A Weekend of Food

I was away last weekend for my dad’s 75th birthday and to catch up with family. Got to see the nieces, my brother, sister-in-law and the ‘rents. We had fun and lots of good food. My brother and I had a blast cooking together for my dad’s birthday. We raided both my dad’s garden and my brother’s for the freshest of vegetables.

But I have to confess, I annoyed the heck out of everyone. Every time someone asked me for a recipe, my answer was, “it’s on the blog.”

Chocolate Torte birthday cake? On the blog.

Fajitas? On the blog.

Marinades? On the blog

I could go on, but I won’t. If you want a recipe, all you need to do is use the “SEARCH  W4DS” box on the upper right-hand column. Over there…look up…all the way…there ya go. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always email me – that link is also on the right side, under the LINKS heading. I’ll do my best to help out.  Now how about some photos of the great food we had over the weekend?

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Christmas Eve: Turkey Dinner with Traditional Side Dishes

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Bald Eagle from my hike the other day. Wish I had my camera, not just my cell phone

Would we still have turkey if it had become our national bird  instead of the Bald Eagle?

The menu is set for Saturday.  I’m doing an Orange Glazed Turkey.  The sides will be Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Oven Baked Stuffing, Green Beans with Bacon and Onions, Spinach-Raspberry-Walnut Salad and Homemade Cranberry Sauce.  Appetizers will be Tomato-Basil Crostini, Chips w/Dip and a Raw Vegetable tray.  Dessert will be a Dark Chocolate Torte with a Dark Chocolate Ganache (this recipe with a chocolate ganache* instead of confectioner’s sugar) and Fruit Pie Cookies.

I’m still trying to decide if  I’m going to mull cider or not.

I’ll add more recipes as I go along.


*Chocolate Ganache

  • 6 oz dark chocolate
  • 6 oz heavy cream

Double boiler (I use a metal bowl over a saucepan with about an 1 inch of water)

Place chocolate and cream in top of boiler, bring water in bottom half to a boil, reduce heat to med-high and let chocolate melt, stirring occasionally. When completely melted, remove from heat and stir until cream and chocolate are completely mixed. Let cool and pour over cooled cake.