Showing posts with label Holiday Menu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday Menu. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Creamiest Mashed Potatoes



"These mashed potatoes are so creamy!"

If you haven't heard that line before then you need to run out immediately and find yourself a copy of While You Were Sleeping. The line comes from a scene where a large family is sitting around a dinner table at a holiday gathering haven't the most random conversation. We adopted the saying in my family and for years said the line when the conversation got awkward, stale, or far too random. It's always good for a laugh. Creamy mashed potatoes are important to my family I suppose. I find this to be the perfect recipe for absolutely creamy mashed potatoes. On special occasions like Thanksgiving, where calories and fat are plentiful, I like to double the cream cheese and butter for an extra special creamy treat.


Ingredients

6 cups chicken broth
5 pounds russet potatoes, washed and peeled
1/4 cup butter
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp salt



Instructions

1. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large pot over high heat.

2. Meanwhile, cut the peeled potatoes into 1 inch cubes or chunks. Place the potatoes chunks into the boiling chicken broth and boil until tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Strain the potatoes from the broth and put the cooked potatoes into a large mixing bowl.

4. Add in the butter, cream cheese, buttermilk, and salt. Use a hand mixer to whip the potatoes and other ingredients until light, fluffy, and creamy (3-5 minutes).


Chef's Note: After being cooked, these mashed potatoes can be placed in a crockpot on the low or warm setting for up to 4 hours before serving. This comes in quite handy for large and demanding meals like Thanksgiving or Christmas.




Monday, July 29, 2013

Blueberry-Carrot Tuna Wraps



Blueberries and tuna? Am I crazy? I know what you are thinking here, but have a little faith in me. These wraps are light, have a wonderful brightness to them, and taste pretty darn good. And this is coming from a girl who generally doesn't even like blueberries!


Summer is blueberry time. They are everywhere! When they went on sale for 75 cents a package I just couldn't resist. I'm also a big wrap eater in the summer so I figured I could find a way to use them in a wrap. I found a recipe on allrecipes.com for a blueberry wrap. It was a good start, but it had absolutely no spices. I knew the recipe needed work and I was up for the challenge. The result was something worthy of sharing. It's healthy, flavorful, and perfect for summer!



Fruits...Vegetables...Tuna? It's good all the way through!

Ingredients

12 oz canned tuna, drained 
2 tsp olive oil
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 clove garlic, minced

4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
2 carrots, diced
1 apple, cored and diced
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
salt and pepper
1 lemon, juiced
4 large flour tortilla wraps


Instructions

1. In a large bowl, combine the tuna, olive oil, sour cream, and garlic. Mix until well combined. 

2. Add in the chopped spinach, diced carrot, diced apple, and blueberries. Season with a little salt and pepper. Stir together with the tuna. Squeeze the lemon juice over the tuna salad and stir through one more time. 

3. Divide the salad up amongst the wraps and roll up. Enjoy!




Thursday, March 14, 2013

Corned Beef and Cabbage Grilled Cheese on Rye


I've got a pinch of Irish blood in me and St. Patrick's Day is as good an excuse as any for eating corned beef and cabbage. I tried turning the classic dish into a grilled cheese, because I'm a grilled cheese lover. I have a grilled cheese board on Pinterest. I once made grilled cheese sandwiches for an entire month. You can turn almost anything into a grilled cheese. We lovingly refer to them as melties in our house. 

Use your leftover corned beef and cabbage, put some cheddar on there, and slap it between two slices of rye, or follow my instructions below for preparing corned beef and cabbage. I'm not even writing it as a traditional recipe because it is so stinkin' easy. Any intimidation you might have had about preparing corned beef and cabbage should evaporate right here and now. 


Corned Beef
I go the simple route with my corned beef. I buy a corned beef brisket and toss it in the slow cooker. Add 2 cups beef broth (we don't do beer here), and 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce. Make sure you include the spice packet that came with your brisket. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Cabbage
I saute my cabbage with onion. I dice a white onion (large dice), and slice the cabbage. I melt 1/4 cup butter in a skillet over medium high heat and add in the cabbage and onion. Season with salt and pepper, and saute until the cabbage and onion are tender about 8-10 minutes. Boom, simple but totally delicious.



Have A Safe and Happy St. Patty's Day! 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Symbolic Easter Meal



A couple years ago I found myself searching for a way to make my Easter celebration more meaningful. I am a Christian woman and longed to keep my Easter focused on Jesus Christ. Food is my chosen art form in life and I wanted to be able to express myself in that form. I didn't want to do a traditional Passover meal because so much of that symbolism has been lost. So, I came up with my own ideas.   I thought about elements of the life of Jesus Christ that I wanted to celebrate and turned it into a symbolic food representation. As the chef, the experience was unforgettable. My eyes swelled with tears as I cut beets (read more about that later). The meal was symbolic, it was Christ-centered, and I knew it would become a tradition in our family. We draped our table with a red tablecloth in remembrance of the robe Jesus Christ was draped with as He carried His cross to Calvary. We ate by candlelight to remember the darkness that would come across the land following His death. Our Easter meal is a sacred occasion of which I'd like to share with  you.


Loaves and Fishes
Jesus Christ performed astonishing miracles during his life time. He healed the sick, He walked on water, He made the dead to rise. He showed us that anything is possible through God. He took a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish and fed thousands. He showed us that He will care for His people. 

I served panko crusted Ahi. A bread encrusted fish to honor His miracles. 




Atonement and Crucifixion 
To me this is the most sacred topic of the life of Christ. In the garden at Gethsemane and on the cross on Calvary, Jesus Christ paid the price for the sins of all mankind. He reconciled man with God and in doing so provided the means to our salvation. He suffered. He bled. He died. 

I chose to symbolize the blood He spilt with fresh beets. As you peel and work with beets your hands become stained red. Everything the beet touches is stained. Some people wear gloves to avoid the staining, though it washes off your hands under water with a bit of scrubbing. 

Through Jesus Christ we can wash away the stain of sin. My eyes swelled with tears of gratitude as I washed the beet stains from my hands.




Divinity of Christ
We had lamb to honor the divinity of Jesus Christ. He is the God of the Old Testament. He is the great Jehovah. He is the Lamb of God.  He is the great sacrificial lamb.

The Jews were celebrating the Passover the week that Christ entered Jeruselem, cleansed the temple, had the Last Supper, atoned for the sins of the world, was arrested, and hung on the cross. The Passover feast celebrated the escape from Egypt and the deliverance from the angel of death. As part of the events of Passover week, the priests sacrifice the paschal lamb--an unblemished lamb symbolic of the animal's blood that saved the children of Israel when the angel of death (the last plague) passed over Egypt. Jesus Christ, the only man to have lived an unblemished and sinless life, was sacrificed so that mankind can be saved from spiritual death. His blood flowed down the wooden cross just like the blood was spread across the doors in Egypt. In fact, the paschal lamb would have been sacrificed by the priests in the temple at the very same time that Jesus was dying on the cross at Calvary. 

Lamb was required of our meal in recognition that Jesus is the Christ. 






Eternal Life - Our Promised Land
When the children of Israel were delivered out of Egypt they spoke of the promised land, a land flowing with milk and honey. Followers of Jesus Christ are promised their own inheritance in the kingdom of God. The Gospel of Jesus Christ gives us a taste of that milk and honey, the sweetness of goodness of God, that will be ever flowing in their presence in the life to come. That Easter morn, Jesus Christ rose from His grave, that all mankind might do the same. Resurrection was made possible, the path to eternal life paved. 

Our milk and honey dessert reminds us of the promise of eternal life. 





Other Ideas
Pork ribs - To symbolize that His ribs would be pierced. Pork to symbolize that the law of Moses would be fulfilled. 

Horseradish - To symbolize the bitter cup from which He partook.

Vinegar - To symbolize the vinegar He would be forced to drink.

Grape Juice - To symbolize the institution of the sacrament at the Last Supper.

Carrots (or other root vegetables) - To symbolize that we should always keep our roots planted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 














Please, comment below and share your ideas for a symbolic Easter meal. 



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