A New Tradition of Holiday Recipes

The Irish Tradition of Corn Beef and Cabbage!

 What’s more Irish than a traditional recipe for corn beef and cabbage? Even though my family has no Irish heritage, we still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by the traditional meal of corn beef and cabbage. It has a very unique and exquisite taste to it. Some people may not enjoy the taste of corn beef and cabbage, but others do. If you want to experience the traditional meal of corn beef and cabbage, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, then follow the recipe below!

Ingredients: 

– 3 pounds of corn beef brisket with spice packet

– 10 small red potatoes                                                       

– 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces

– 1 large head of cabbage , cut into small wedges

Directions: 

1) Place corned  beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water.

2) Add the spice packet that came with the corn beef.

3) Cover the pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.

4) Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender.

5) Add cabbage and cook for 15 minutes. Remove meat and let it rest for 15 more minutes.

6) Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth as you want.

7) Slice the meat across the grain. ( The whole corn beef and cabbage is ready in 2 hours and 35 minutes)

8) Enjoy the traditional corn beef and cabbage !

                                            Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Nicole.

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Steak au Poivre?

     Did you ever wonder what your taste buds would think of with the mixture of chocolate and steak? This is the perfect Valentine’s Day meal. It has both chocolate and steak, which resembles a sign of love for Valentine’s Day. Both of these, chocolate and steak, are my absolute favorite food item to eat. The mixture of them sounds quite interesting but delicious, right? However, my family made Steak au Poivre once for our Valentine’s Day dinner and it was delicious! It was so unique, but had a sweet, bitter taste to it. Try this recipe for your special Valentine’s Day dinner! Follow the recipe below.

Ingredients: 

    – 2 beef tenderloin steaks ( 5 ounces each)

    – 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided

    – 1 tablespoon of whole white or black peppercorns, crushed

    – 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Bittersweet Chocolate!

    – 1 tablespoon of finely chopped shallot

    – 1/4 cup of port wine

    – 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

    – 1/4 cup of condensed beef consommé

    – 1 teaspoon of minced fresh rosemary

    – 1/2 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Directions: 

1) Brush the steaks with 1 tablespoon of oil; sprinkle with peppercorn and salt.

2) In a small skillet over medium heat, cook steaks in 2 teaspoons of oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness. Once they are done, remove and keep warm.

3) In the same skillet, sauté shallot in remaining oil until tender; Add wine and vinegar, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.

4) Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened.

5) Add beef consommé and rosemary. Bring to a boil again; add the chocolate, stirring until melted and sauce is thickened. Serve sauce with steaks!

6) Then enjoy the delicious meal of Steak au Poivre !

Happy Valentines Day!

    Nicole.

A Sweet Dessert for our Sweet Love !

Valentine’s Day Dessert!

Valentine’s Day is a day to show our love and affection towards each other or significant others. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays; however, the first word I think of when I hear Valentine’s Day is chocolate. The best present that someone could get me for Valentine’s Day besides roses, would be any kind of food related with chocolate. My family tradition for Valentine’s Day is a chocolate dessert. The Molten Lava Cake is the dessert my family makes for Valentine’s Day to express our sweet love to each other. The  Molten Lava Cake is a great dessert for Valentine’s Day or even any time someone is willing to bake it. To create this delicious dessert, follow the recipe and instructions below.

Ingredients: 

– 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus more for ramekins

– 1/3 cup of Confectioner’s sugar, plus more for ramekins and serving

– 2 ounces of semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces

– 1 large egg

– 1 large egg yolk

– 1 teaspoon of espresso powder

– pinch of salt

– 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees; Butter two 6-ounce ramekins, then dust with sugar.

2) Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 20-second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Let cool slightly.

3) In a small bowl, whisk together egg, yolk, sugar, espresso powder, and salt. Add chocolate mixture; whisk to combine. Add flour, and whisk just until combined (do not over mix).

4) Then, pour batter into prepared ramekins (Recipe can made up ahead until this point).

5) Bake until a toothpick inserted 1/2 inch from the edge of ramekin comes out clean, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out wet.

6) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes (do not over bake ).

7) Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack; run a knife around the inside of the ramekins to loosen.

8) Invert cakes onto serving plates, dust with sugar and serve immediately.

Enjoy The Molten Lava Cake!

                                               Happy Valentine’s Day

                                           Nicole.

Happy New Year !

Bringing in the new year should begin with a new tradition! Instead of having the usual dessert, make a different one that can begin the new year ! This unique, but simple dessert is called the Champagne Cupcake. This is a new recipe to me, but one that I plan to use this new year’s! Below is the recipe to follow if one plans to make these Champagne Cupcakes ! 
Ingredients: 
– cooking spray
– 1 package of white cake mix
– 1  1/4 cups of Champagne or other sparkling white wine at room temperature
– 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
– 3 eggs
– 1/2 cup of butter, softened
– 4 cups of Confectioners’ sugar
– 1/4 cups of Champagne or other sparkling white wine at room temperature
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Instructions: 
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Spray 24 muffin cups with cooking spray.
    3. Mix cake mix and 1  1/4 cup of Champagne in a large mixing bowl; stir in vegetable oil and eggs. Beat batter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
    4. Pour batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them 3/4 full.
     5. Bake cupcakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
     6. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing them to finish cooling, about 30 more minutes.
      7. Mix butter, 1 cup of Confectioners’ sugar , 1/4 cup of Champagne, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Stir in the remaining Confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Spread on cool cupcakes.
Enjoy the Champagne Cupcakes !
                                           Happy New Year !!
                                         Nicole.

New Experiences + New Recipes= Christmas Dinner !

Getting tired of the same old mashed or baked potatoes? Want to try something new for Christmas dinner? Here is a new, fun method that can spice up your experience with potatoes. Potato Casserole. This dish is extremely tasteful, creamy, and delicious. Always having this dish on Christmas Day is a family tradition for my house. I love the Potato Casserole dish so much that I always want to have it every day. This dish is especially good for leftovers as well. If you want to experience a new dish involving potatoes, follow the simple recipe below!

Ingredients: 

– 1 pound of frozen hash brown potatoes ( 4  1/2 cups)

– 2/3 cups ( 1/2 of 10  3/4 oz can) condensed cream of chicken soup

– 1  8oz container of sour cream

– 1 cup (4 oz) shredded sharp chedder cheese

–  1/4 cup finely chopped onion

–  1/2 teaspoon of salt

– 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper

– 4 tablespoons of butter or margarine, melted

– 3 cups of Rice Chex cereal- crushed

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter in shallow 1  1/2 quart  baking dish.

2. In large bowl, break up potatoes (don’t need to thaw).

3. Continue with soup, sour cream, cheese, onion, salt and pepper .

4. Add to potatoes and mix thoroughly.

5. Mix the ingredients into the baking dish.

6. Combine butter and Chex crumbs until evenly coated. Sprinkle over potato mixture.

7. Bake 50-55 minutes or until potatoes are tender. (Makes 6-8 servings)

* 2 dishes usually double the recipe and bake in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish

Enjoy the Potato Casserole dish !!

Merry Christmas !!

Nicole.

Snowballs are Ready to be Eaten!

Snowball Cookies!

When people hear the word “Snowball”, they usually think of snow shaped in the form of a circle. However, these snowballs are meant to be eaten, not thrown. Snowball cookies are a classic, traditional cookie in my household for the holidays, especially Christmas. They are my favorite holiday cookie besides the classic chocolate chip cookie. They have a neutral, plain taste but a unique texture to them. They are so much fun to make during the holidays, especially with children. The recipe is fairly simple and easy, but may take some time. Below is the recipe and instructions for Snowball Cookies.

Ingredients:

    – 2 cups of all-purpose flour

    – 2 cups of finely chopped pecans/walnuts

    – 1/4 cup of sugar

    – 1 cup of Land o’ Lakes Butter, softened

    – 1 teaspoon of vanilla

    – Powered sugar

Instructions: 

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients except for powered sugar in large mixer bowl. Beat at low speed, until well mixed ( 2 to 3 minutes).

3. Once well mixed, take a large portion of the dough and place it in wax paper. (at least have two wax papers filled with dough)

4. Place it in the refrigerator for several hours, until it hardens and chills.

5. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and shape the dough into small rounded 1 inch balls. 

6. Next, place them 1  inch apart on a ungreased cookie sheet.

7. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until very lightly browned.

8. Let them cool for at least 2 minutes, but then start to roll them in the powered sugar while still warm. (Watch out for your fingers!)

9. Let them cool with the powered sugar before eating them.

Enjoy the Delicious Taste of Snowballs!

                                                Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

                                              Nicole.

The Era of New Thanksgiving Stuffing !

             Stuffing is a very important part of the Thanksgiving meal. People usually have the traditional stuffing, whether from the turkey or a mixture. However, my family tradition is the Pineapple Stuffing. This may sound unsatisfying, questionable or gross, but is an excellence dish to add to your Thanksgiving meal! You may want to consider this dish for your next Thanksgiving meal or possibly another holiday! Follow below for the recipe of the Pineapple Stuffing!

Ingredients: 

   – 1/2 cup of butter or margarine

   – 1/2 cup of sugar

   – 4 eggs

Delicious Pineapples !

   – 1  20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained

   – 6 slices of stale bread, cubed

Instructions: 

   1. Cream the butter and sugar into a bowl.

   2. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

   3. Stir in the pineapples, then fold in the bread.

   4. Next, transfer to a greased 1  1/2 quart casserole dish.

   5. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.

   6. Once the dish is done, allow it to cool and sit out until the dish is served !

   7.  Then, enjoy the Pineapple Stuffing !

Pineapple Stuffing!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Nicole.