Category Archives: Holiday Feast

Happy Everything Wishes

Happy Everything Wishes

ShareTweet Dear Family and Friends, For once, it’s not hard to believe that the year is coming to a close. 2013 has been a long year, filled with the joys of travel and the stress of Vanessa’s father recovering a lung transplant. And yet, amidst it all, life goes on. The kids get older, andContinue Reading

Asian Bacon Brussel Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

Asian Bacon Brussel Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

ShareTweet If you’re not from Chicago, you may not have heard about The Girl and the Goat, Stephanie Izard‘s restaurant on West Randolph. Like the name implies, the 4th season Top Chef winner serves up a fantastic goat leg that will melt in your mouth. She also has a pig face dish that you mustContinue Reading

a Tasteful Nespresso Holiday Giveaway

a Tasteful Nespresso Holiday Giveaway

ShareTweet How are you doing on your holiday shopping? I’m blissfully close to being done, although I have a sneaky feeling that “almost” will become “not quite” and turn into fevered last minute purchases. In the spirit of getting you from close to done to wrapping and relaxing, I have one last Nespresso giveaway thisContinue Reading

Mini Puff Pastry Chocolate Pecan Pies

Mini Puff Pastry Chocolate Pecan Pies

ShareTweet Pecan pies are definitely the highlight of the holiday dessert table as far as I’m concerned. A few years ago, I started throwing in chocolate into the mix, and made them even better. This year, instead of using pie crust, I propose puff pastry as the base. Individual puff pastry nests filled with pecansContinue Reading

Sexy Banter and Fresh Market Finds

Sexy Banter and Fresh Market Finds

ShareTweet When traveling with children, especially little ones like Baby Sophie, renting a house is so much easier (and cheaper) than staying in a hotel. We spent the first part of our summer vacation in a rented villa in Nice. Because we began planning in late April, we must have looked at over a hundredContinue Reading

Cider Brined Turkey: Brine that Bird!

Cider Brined Turkey: Brine that Bird!

ShareTweet We’re entering final countdown mode before Thanksgiving. But before you start digging through your cupboards to find the platters and gravy boats, there’s one important yet easy food prep step you have to take care of. It’s time to grab that turkey and submerge it in a brining bath! You can brine your turkeyContinue Reading

Quick and Easy Holiday Recipes at Snackpicks

Quick and Easy Holiday Recipes at Snackpicks

ShareTweet My family is spread out across the world, from France to California. But once a year everyone travels to my house to celebrate the holidays together… for 10 days of feasting, fun and games. Delicious food is a central part of our holidays, but I keep things low-stress with quick and easy recipes likeContinue Reading

>Holiday Feast Giveaway

ShareTweet > GIVEAWAY SATURDAY *** I just realized that the holidays made me completely forget to pick a winner! I have just rectified that with the help of Random.org. Kim of Petroville is comment #30 and the lucky winner. *** Thanksgiving always marks the beginning of the season of excess for our family. Although IContinue Reading