Herb and Garlic Dinner Rolls

 

I will never forget the year my mom decided to fix Chop Suey for Thanksgiving dinner. She invited the preacher and his family to join us since they were far from home. At the time, I was only thinking how much I missed homemade noodles. I can only imagine how surprised Mr. and Mrs. Preacher were when they showed up to celebrate with us that day.

Food at Thanksgiving seems to be all about tradition, doesn’t it. Either you dutifully prepare the expected turkey and dressing, or you rebel and do something entirely off the wall and possibly even non-turkey….just because you can…or maybe because fajitas are your unique family tradition.

I have adopted my own Thanksgiving tradition on this blog and that is to share a new dinner roll recipe with you appropriate for your holiday dinner. If you are serving Chop Suey, maybe not. Of course, it will be mixed up in a bread machine. If these don’t pique your interest, may I suggest Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls,  Browned Butter and Rosemary Dinner Rolls, My Favorite Dinner Rolls (for the purists), or our all-time family favorite, Helen Corbitt’s Monkey Bread (Not the cinnamon-sugar kind. This one is all butter!) In all these recipes except for the Monkey Bread, I make simple round balls out of the dough and place them into round pans. Check out my video for an easy way to do this. Click here for the recipe and more.

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Browned Butter Pecan Mini-Tarts
My dad used to say, “The higher they go, the farther they fall.”  He was typically referring to somebody super excited about something one minute and lower than a snake soon thereafter.

I had a similar up-one-minute-down-the-next problem with these lovely little tarts. See picture below. Like a normal pecan pie, the filling would puff up while baking akin to a marshmallow in a Mason jar when vacuum-packed. (By the way, that’s a cool little science experiment to amuse the kids the next time they’re bored.) Unfortunately, as the tarts cooled and the filling deflated, they looked like an alien had nibbled out of the middle. The same thing happens to full-size pecan pies, too, but the effect is more pronounced in a small tart.

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This picture is for my friends who think everything I make turns out perfectly. NOT SO! 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I figured out a solution!! Click here for the recipe and more…

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Using cheesecloth to strain yogurt is so “old school.” I know, I know…..some people say it’s not that much trouble, but I disagree. You have to scrape off any left-behind yogurt without getting it on your hands, rinse, wash, dry, fold, and store the cloth when you’re done. No thank you. I prefer throw-away or the dishwasher for this task.

My solution has always been a high-quality bouillon strainer, but my favorite one is pricey. It works great until you make a batch of thin yogurt (sad face) that flows right through it. Click here for more details…

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Frosted Lemon Cookies made with Greek yogurt

I knew who she was. I read one of her latest cookbooks a couple of months ago. But after meeting her in person, I am a huge fan of Giada of Food Network fame.

We recently attended a convention in Las Vegas related to my husband’s job. I tagged along to get out of town. Although Vegas is close to the bottom of my list of favorite vacation spots, two events were memorable.

One was the Donny and Marie show. Loved it and highly recommend it if you enjoy clean, fun, and slightly retro entertainment. Click here for the rest of the story and recipe…

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Chopped romaine and radicchio lettuce vacuum-packed to lasting freshness and no brown edges

Have you ever wondered if the salad-in-a-jar lady still vacuum-packs her lettuce? Does she really eat it every day?

What possessed her to start a blog about the whole idea of vacuum-packing lettuce anyway? Read More

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