Hash brown potatoes recipe

Apple Potato Hash Browns

I used to think there was no better fate for our beloved spud than simply mashed with butter and milk. Why fiddle with perfection? Much to my surprise, I've enjoyed experimenting with some not so pure potato recipes. Herbed Mashed Potatoes led to Poblano and Chive Mashed Potatoes, to last week's Potato and Celery Root Puree. So why not tinker with hash browns? Hash browns prepared with grated Granny Smith apples, dill and a dollop of sour cream make a delightful combo for our weekend breakfast. This recipe calls for flour to make them into potato pancakes.  My end result was half pancake

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BBQ Italian Chicken sliders

Crock Pot Chicken Sliders with BBQ and Italian Sauce

The combination of BBQ sauce and Italian Salad Dressing makes for a great simmering sauce for these Crock pot shredded chicken sliders. Add a pickle and you’re in zingy heaven.

Salad using pickled beets

Pickled Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Red Wine Vinaigrette

  Tangy pickled beets, creamy goat cheese and red onions make a great salad, but first… I was served wine in this glass at a restaurant in Downtown Denver. No, I’m not going to name names …. but what would you do? See this as an opportunity to start a lively conversation about microbial growth

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Cornish game hens roasted in Cast Iron Skillet

Cornish Game Hens with Whisky Herb Citrus Glaze

  It’s time for Bloggers Clue Again. How much fun is this…each month we’re assigned to a blog and we’re given a clue. With that clue, we’re to sneak around, find a recipe, cook the recipe and blog about it. This month’s assignment was to find a food that sparkles. We were to think sparkly

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Crock pot chicken and wild rice soup

Crock Pot Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

  Rich and creamy, this Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup was a cinch made in the crock pot…but first… I barely got the phone to my ear when I heard a voice on the other end “Let’s make pierogi!” It was my friend Heather explaining that she had dined at a Polish restaurant in

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Impressive shrimp appeitzer

Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp Appetizer with Gorgonzola

Butterflied shrimp stuffed with a sliver of Medjool date, wrapped with a slice of pancetta then fried. A sprinkle of Gorgonzola cheese, some flakes of chive and a drizzle of honey and you’ve got an easy and impressive shrimp appetizer.

Easy Cream Cheese Lemon Pie

Best Foodie Gifts and Not So Christmasy Pie

Easy Lemon Coconut Cream pie. No matter how hectic things get, there’s always time for this refrigerator pie made with pudding, Cool Whip, and sour cream. With the move, I was a little concerned about Santa finding our new home this year. But being the clever sort that he is, we had a wonderful Christmas

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Beef Stew with Beer

Belgian Beef Stew with Belgian Ale, #SundaySupper

Beef stews are usually very forthcoming in nature. Chunks of beef and hearty vegetables served broth or in a thick gravy. This Belgian Beef Stew becomes rock star special with the addition of a bottle of Belgian Golden Ale and then finished with mustard and red wine vinegar. Sorry Mom, this version may have just

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Holiday Beverage

Carl’s Homemade Eggnog

Are you squeamish about eating raw eggs? I guess I’d have to answer “no,” since I use them in my favorite Caesar Salad Recipe and most recently in making eggnog. I just make sure I’m using super fresh good quality eggs and hope that I’m doing the right thing. I’d be interested in hearing your opinions,

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Bratwurst cooked in beer

Brats and Kraut for Blogger C.L.U.E.

It’s time for our December Blogger C.L.U.E. event, but first a big thanks and congratulations to Liz over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake for organizing our group and for a successful inaugural launch in November. How much fun is this…each month we’re assigned to a blog and we’re given a clue. With that clue, we’re

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how to arrange an appetizer platter

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Crescent Rolls with Gruyere

Holidays are all about memories of family traditions, carrying forward those traditions or starting your own. Christmas Eve was spent with just Mom and Dad and myself. After the tortuous task of making sure every dish was clean and in the cupboard after our roast beef dinner, we were finally ready gather around the tree and open

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