Showing posts from December, 2005

Best Recipes of 2005

Just One Per Month It was a good year for recipes, 2005. I'm extra-proud of this collection of best recipes from that year. In fact, it's not only that I still make every single one of these recipes almost two decades later , it's that I made every single one of these recipes in the last year! A Dozen of Favorites from All Kitchen Parade's 2005 Recipes including Quick Suppers, Soups, Salads, Sides and Sweets. All Whole Food, Made From Scratch & Family-Tested. Mostly Made with Simple Ingredients Relying on Pantry Favorites. Many Budget-Friendly & Weight Watchers-Friendly Recipes, One-Pot Meals, Year-Round Favorites, Seasonal Specialties.

Swiss Bircher Muesli

How to make Bircher Muesli, the traditional oatmeal breakfast from Switzerland. It's a healthy make-ahead breakfast for holiday mornings. In 2000, I was lucky enough to spend ten days hiking in Switzerland. We stayed in several small hotels, one in Zurich, others in the countryside. Each hotel served Bircher Muesli in their breakfast buffets. Each was slightly different, each one was so good that I skipped past the beautiful cheeses and breads for one more tasty bowlful of this oat-yogurt-fruit-spice-nut mixture! Once home, I learned how to make homemade Bircher Muesli, it's such a treat, a taste of the Alps and Heidi meadows, right at home. From my collection of Christmas recipes , this recipe was first published in print in 2005 and is republished online in 2010. On wintry holidays, mornings can start ever so slowly around here. The first one up knows to start the coffee and fill the cats’ dishes. The dog does puppy cartwheels by the door when someone don

Graham Cracker Toffee Recipe

aka "Christmas Crack" Yes, you can make candy! Just soak graham crackers with a quick hot homemade toffee that turns crisp, top it with a thin layer of chocolate and sprinkle with toasted nuts or without nuts, substituting bits of peppermint or ... let your imagination run wild! These crisp bites are addictive, that's why Graham Cracker Toffee is sometimes called "Christmas Crack"! If it sounds like a graham-cracker version of Matzo Toffee and Saltine Toffee? It is! Semi-Homemade Candy, A Christmas Classic. Easy Toffee with Just Four Ingredients, No Candy Thermometer Required. One Hour Start-to-Finish. Budget Friendly. Potluck & Party Friendly. Easy to Top with Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Pistachios and Other Nuts plus Sprinkles, Pretzels, Dried Cranberry and More.

Cranberry Macadamia-Butter Cookies

So what happens when you substitute real dairy butter with a nut butter in a Christmas-y cranberry cookie? One excellent cookie, that's what. The dough starts with a nut butter made with macadamia nuts, you'll make it yourself by grinding the nuts in a food processor. The cookies turn out crisp on the outside, chewy in the center, bright with bits of dried cranberry and lightly spiced with fresh nutmeg. No wonder this cookie was voted my family's Favorite Cookie of the Year! Homemade Christmas Cookies, Made from Scratch with Macadamia Nut Butter. Real Food, Fresh & Inventive. Bright Color. Great for Food Gifts, Cookie Swaps & Holiday Platters.

Hoisin & Honey Pork Tenderloin
with Butter-Simmered Carrots

Say hello to one of my "go to" dinners. It's a roasted pork tenderloin topped with a quick sauce of hoisin sauce, soy sauce and honey: easy enough for a weeknight, interesting enough that I'd happily serve it to guests for a casual supper. And the Butter-Simmered Carrot recipe? Fabulous! The name "butter-simmered" may imply lots of fat and calories but that's hardly the case with this recipe. That's because the special cooking technique infuses butter's distinctive flavor and richness into the carrots – but for an entire pound of carrots, needs only a tablespoon of butter! That's the "standard" proportion of 1T:1pound of fat:vegetables that I use for nearly all vegetable recipes. Real Food, Fresh & Fast. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.