November 27, 2012

Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder



It's a gray day in my neck of the woods today.  A curl-up-on-the-couch-with-a-big-cozy-blanket kind of day.  I don't much care for gray, curl-up-on-the-couch kind of days.

But ya know what makes these kind of days at least a teeny-tiny bit better?

November 25, 2012

Candy Cane Cookies {Our 'Black Friday' Project}

Fun and festive Candy Cane Cookies ~ two colors of almond sugar cookie dough twisted together, and sprinkled with crushed candy canes and sugar.  They'll become a family holiday tradition, for sure.


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I sure did ... spent nice, relaxing time with my parents and Mark's Mom ... and didn't even THINK about going out for 'Black Friday' shopping.  Nope.  No way.  No how.  Shopping the day after Christmas?  Yup ... it's a tradition for Mom and me.  'Black Friday?' ... not so much.

Mom and I stayed home and made these candy cane cookies instead ... our little 'Black Friday' project!

November 21, 2012

Thankful ... My Personal Cancer Story {and Chocolate & Cheesecake Cupcakes}


 
"To everyone who is battling cancer, I hope you are all successful against this disease. I hope that for all those counting down to your dates of being declared *cancer free* that you all celebrate that anniversary with your loved ones. To all those who have never had to deal with this disease personally within your families, I hope that you never do."
My sentiments exactly.
I originally shared this post on September 23, 2011, over at Frosting for the Cause, a year-long baking adventure to raise money for breast cancer research. 
My reasons for re-sharing here on The Kitchen is My Playground are two-fold:

November 18, 2012

Homemade Boursin-Style Cheese Spread



I grew up eating Boursin spread.  Mom and I had a favorite little herb farm lady who would frequent local craft shows to sell her packets of herb blends ... and Mom and I would look forward to seeing her at our town's huge pre-Christmas craft show each year.  We'd seek her booth out so we could stock up on several packets of her Boursin blend.  We'd get home, mix the herbs with some cream cheese and butter, and .... mmmm ... enjoy it's delicious peppery herby-ness.  And now - now I know how to create my own herb mix to make delicious, creamy Boursin-style spread.

But ... it's not true Boursin, mind you.  That's why I said Boursin-style spread.  Did you know that to be called Boursin, a cheese has to be ...

November 14, 2012

White Bean & Sausage Soup {Eating The Alphabet - Letters U, V, & W}


Welcome to this month's Eating the Alphabet Challenge - letters U, V, and W!  Say what? - letters U, V, and W??  Mmmm, hmmm ... this month's letters are a tad bit challenging.

When it came time to figure out what I was going to make for this month's challenge, hosted by Brenda of Meal Planning Magic, my mind immediately went to two things --- Vidalia onions and Watermelon.  The trouble? ...

November 12, 2012

Cranberry Apple Casserole {or crisp ... or crunch}



As I'm sitting here thinking about writing about this dish, I can't help but have a vision of a TV infomercial playing in my head, 'cause this dish is so versatile.  {insert boisterous announcer voice here} ... It's a creative cranberry fall'ish, Thanksgiving'ish side dish ... BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE! ... It's perfect as a breakfast/brunch dish ... BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE! ...

November 10, 2012

Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing {& Thanksgiving Fun Facts from Mrs. Cubbison's}




It's beginning to look a lot like ... Thanksgiving!  You thought it was going to say Christmas, didn't you??  Well, not quite yet.  We've got this fabulous little holiday called Thanksgiving to get to first.

I looooovvvvvve me some Thanksgiving!  Are you surprised?

November 7, 2012

Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting


I have a confession ... these Salted Caramel Cupcakes have been sitting in my 'queue' for quite a while, just waiting (oh so patiently!) for me to get around to sharing them with you.  I actually made these beauties, along with super-fun Neapolitan Cupcakes, this summer ...

November 4, 2012

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon




Today was an 'in the kitchen day' for me.  Yay!  I made sure to get everything else that needed to be done this weekend done yesterday so I could spend the afternoon today in the kitchen with no other worries hanging over me.  No guilt.  No pressure.  Just relaxed cookin' fun.

I love it when I'm able to get my schedule to cooperate like that.  As much as I love to cook, I absolutely do not enjoy it when it's done under time pressure.  Especially when I'm working on new recipes.

Which is what I was doing today.  Today I was test-driving some Thanksgiving dishes ... so Mark and I had a mini early Thanksgiving dinner tonight.  Those dishes need a few tweaks, so I don't have them ready to share with you today ... but I do have ...

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