Archives for December 2009

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Day 8- Tortilla Sundaes

by TT December 31st, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
We spent New Year's Eve the way we prefer- at home.  We decided to make a menu of Mexican foods, as my husband had received a quesadilla maker in a work gift exchange.  So, we began our evening with some fresh fruit, espinaca, guacamole, and chips and planned on making our main dish later.

Our evening progressed, and a few hours and many games of cards later, I considered whether to make quesadillas.  However, I was still full from our munchies earlier.  Of course, my appetite isn't always a good barometer for others, so I asked others, and the consensus was
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Day 7- Sugar Cookies

by TT December 30th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
What would Christmas be without a batch of sugar cookies?  For me they are an important part of the holiday season.  I made numerous batches with my mom when I was a child and now make batches with my children.  I oversee a crew of four cookie makers, but luckily, everyone usually chooses to be harmonious during these times.  However, I have learned to divide when needed, such as having the boys cut out their half of the cookie dough and then have the girls cut out theirs.

While they take a little more work to make than chocolate chip cookies
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Day 6- Spinach Squares

by TT December 29th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
Today's recipe is savory instead of sweet.  However, when these spinach squares are served, they disappear as quickly as a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

I received this recipe from my mom, who was given it by her dear friend Jean.  Jean was quite the hostess who made wonderful dishes, and this recipe is no different.

The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it only requires one bowl for mixing and then bakes in a 13x9 pan.  The hardest part about making this snack is waiting for the squares to cool enough to be cut for serving.

I made a
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Day 5- White Chocolate-Irish Cream Fudge

by TT December 28th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
With the holiday season in full swing, it is the perfect time to make extra goodies. . .and give them to friends, teachers, etc.  Of course, I always leave some extras for the kids to enjoy but prefer to give my share to others.

I have made fudge as a gift several times and have found that it can be tricky.  Between watching the temperature and glossiness of the mixture for the exact moment at which it needs to be transferred from pot to pan, I have had a failed batch or two.  Timing is of essence.  A little too long
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Day 4- Chocolate Covered Pretzels

by TT December 27th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
A trend has begun.  This is another simple, yet tasty, recipe.  Day 4's recipe has 50% more ingredients than Day 3.  However, if you remember Day 3's recipe, it only had 2 ingredients, so this one is fairly easy on the shopping list.

Although this recipe only has 3 ingredients, it pleases my children every time I make these pretzels.  The combination of salty pretzels and chocolate is addictive, and they often clamor for more.

While I made all of this batch with semi-sweet chocolate, white or milk chocolate can be used also.  To make more festive snacks, the white chocolate pretzels
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Day 3- Happy Blackberries

by TT December 26th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
The third day of Christmas treats is neither from my childhood nor a treat for children.  This is a simple, adults only recipe, which really is almost not a recipe at all.  However, it makes blackberries even more appealing than they already are, as I discovered at our Christmas dinner.

Yesterday, my husband and I spent our afternoon and evening at my brother's house with a fun group of family and friends.  As we always do at family gatherings, everyone brought dishes to share.  We brought an appetizer (a fruit tray) and a dessert (a homemade cheesecake).

I prefer to make plain
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Day 2- Stollen

by TT December 25th, 2009| Breads, Desserts, Recipes

Stollen was a recipe from my Great Grandma Theiss.  However, my parents adapted the recipe a little.  Instead of using candied fruit, we replaced it with maraschino cherries.  The taste and texture of the cherries was much more appealing than the chewiness and odd taste of candied fruit.

As part of my mom's QT (Quarterly Treat) Club, I sent a loaf of stollen to her at the beginning of this month.  The second loaf was kept here and enjoyed by us.  I have to admit, as soon as the loaf was slightly cooled, I cut a slice and spread some
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Ten Days of Christmas Treats

by TT December 24th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
ChrustWith a multitude of schedules to juggle, our Christmas celebrations extend over ten days this year.  The celebrations began this morning with two of our children and a breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls.  Our celebrating won't end until our large family gathering on January 2nd.  So, as my family and I celebrate with different meals and groupings of family and friends, it seems like a wonderful to time to share different treats from our holiday season.

Typically, I post only new recipes, but the treat with which I want to start is one I already have shared, chrust.  Chrust is a
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Introducing Think Tasty

by TT December 15th, 2009| Food News
Since June 2007, Tasty Thoughts has been the home to recipes, restaurant reviews, and much more from the world of food.  It has gained a core group of regular readers and has allowed me to share my inner foodie.  However, I have heard from many people that having a ".info" URL made this site harder to find.

So, in order to allow more people to find us, Tasty Thoughts has become Think Tasty (http://www.thinktasty.com/).  Although the name has changed, almost everything else has stayed the same.  All of our recipes and reviews from Tasty Thoughts are housed at the
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Turkey Marsala Soup

by TT December 10th, 2009| Recipes, Soups & Stews
Turkey Marsala SoupAs I mentioned previously, we celebrated Thanksgiving away from home this year.  While our Italian dinner of lasagna, spaghetti, and meatballs was enjoyed, we missed having a turkey dinner. We returned home just after midnight on Sunday, giving us a day to catch up before returning to our regular schedule on Monday.  With a whole day at home, it seemed the perfect time to make a turkey dinner.

We learned that shopping on the Sunday after Thanksgiving doesn't leave many choice for fresh turkeys.  While there were at least half a dozen available, all of them weighed between 19 and 20
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Wine Poached Pears with Honeyed Mascarpone

by TT December 8th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Wine Poached Pear 2Last week, I posted my Ravens inspired eggplant salsa recipe.  Of course, one purple dish isn't quite enough to produce a theme.  So, I had other purple plans for our evening.  One was what should have been a purple cocktail.  Unfortunately, I learned that when combining beverages, blue and red don't make purple always.

However, my other purple food, which was a dessert, was a success.  Although we typically don't have dessert with our Tapas Monday dinners, it seemed one of the easier ways to infuse more purple into our meal.  Luckily, cooking pears in Cabernet Sauvignon produced a flavorful
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Review: Crystal Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

by TT December 3rd, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
We celebrated Thanksgiving in a different manner this year.  Renting a townhouse at the beach in Delaware, we were going to host dinner for our family and one set of grandparents.  As it was an eight-hour drive to our rental, we left grocery shopping until the day before Thanksgiving.  Fearing a huge crowd at the grocery store, we headed out early, only to be pleasantly surprised by a lack of shoppers.  With an overflowing grocery cart and four hungry stomachs, I asked our cashier, Brenda, to recommend a local breakfast place.  After our visit to Crystal Restaurant, I was very
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