Category Archives: Bread

Monte Cristo Masterpiece…


If you haven’t had your fill of turkey after Thanksgiving I suggest this delectable recipe from Paula Deen!

{Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo}


8 slices bread (potato bread, challah, or any other soft bread)
1 cup fontina cheese, grated
8 slices cooked turkey breast
1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce
1 cup baby arugula leaves
3 eggs
1/3 cup milk
pinch nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter


Lay the 4 slices of the bread out on a cutting board.  On each slice, place 2 tablespoons of the fontina, followed by 2 slices of the turkey, and 2 tablespoons of the cranberry sauce.  Equally divide the arugula leaves and place on next layer.  Top with the remaining fontina and remaining bread slices.  Press down firmly on sandwiches to seal in the filling.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and nutmeg.  In a large skillet over medium heat, add the butter.  Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture coating both sides.  When butter is melted in skillet, add the sandwiches and cook until golden brown.  Flip sandwich and repeat with other side, adding more butter if necessary.

Remove from pan, drain on paper towels, and let sit for a few minutes.  Cut in halves and serve.

…Yum!  Good thing I froze some Turkey!!

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The First Snow…


The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different,
and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
~J. B. Priestley

We have been unusually lucky this November…with most days reaching above 50 degrees and most shockingly…no snow!  But Minnesota got back to its cold reality this week with the temperature finally dropping and a Saturday forecast for…snow, measurable snow at that. 

And surprisingly I’m a little excited…there really is always something magical about those first, few flakes dropping from the sky.  Of course that magic quickly disappears once I have to get behind the wheel of my tiny car…ugh!

This is the kind of weekend where I want to snuggle up, pour myself a drink, snack away and play board games!

Here is what I wish I could be drinking…

Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea

via My Life as a Mrs.


6 oz. strong Chai Tea (I used 1 tea bag for 6 oz. water)
2 oz. vanilla vodka
¾ oz. amaretto liqueur
½ oz. simple sugar
½ oz. half n half


Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and steep 4 tea bags for 2 to 4 minutes (following the tea directions on the box). Allow to cool and refrigerate until time of use (3 cups tea will yield 4 drinks).

In a cocktail shaker or tall glass, combine ingredients and shake or stir generously (shaking will froth up the half n half and help release the infused flavor in the spirits). Fill glass with ice and pour drink over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or two.

Here is what I wish I could be eating…

Cheesy Baked Artichoke Dip

via Picky Cook


1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (packed) grated parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of salt
2 14-ounce can artichoke hearts packed in water, well drained, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 cup Italian cheese blend
French-bread baguette slices, toasted


Whisk 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, pepper, onion salt, and garlic powder in medium bowl to blend. Stir in chopped artichoke hearts. Transfer mixture to 3-cup ramekin.

Sprinkle dip with remaining 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, Italian cheese and paprika.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake dip until heated through, about 25 minutes (about 35 minutes if chilled).

Preheat broiler. Broil until cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes.

Serve warm with toasted baguette slices.


…Yum, yum and one more yum for good measure!  What is your favorite food for those nights you stay in?

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Pumpkin Treats…


Last week I picked some Apple Treats I was drooling over…this week it’s all about pumpkins!

**Click on Photos for the Recipes**

{Pumpkin Pie Coffee Cake}

{Pumpkin Mousse}

{Pumpkin Whoopie Pies}

{Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread}

{Sweet Pumpkin Butter}

Oh my. Those all look too delicious for words.  Gonna have to try them out…soon!

Do you have a favorite pumpkin treat to share?

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More Cheese, Please…


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This past weekend some girlfriends and I went to “Jazz at the Vineyard“…where we drank wine, ate a 10-course Tapas meal, listened to jazz music, danced and toured the vineyard.  It was a lovely evening!

I’ve already got a hankering to get the girls together once again for a wine & cheese night!  While I stocked up on wine at the event, I need a little help in preparing a yummy cheese plate.  Luckily, here are some handy tips from A Cup of Jo:

{The Perfect Cheese Plate}

…Click on either picture for pointers on how to create this perfect cheese plate.

{The Adventurous Cheese Plate}

…Click on either picture for tips on a bold, adventurous & stinky cheese plate.

{Perfect Pairs}

…Click on either picture for three delicious, perfect cheese + drink pairings.

Yum, can’t wait to start building a cheese plate…and subsequently devour it!!

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Apple Treats…


I’ve been eating delicious, fresh Honeycrisp & Fireside apples all week.  However, I’ve still got plenty left from the orchard.  Here are some mouth-watering apple treats I’ve been drooling over…and I might have to try one out this weekend.

**Click on Photos for the Recipes**

{Caramel-Glazed Apple Bread}

{Apple Ring Fritters *Gluten Free*}

{Bite-Size Apple Pies}

{Spiced Apple Chips}

{Re-Invented Grilled Cheese with Apple Slices}

Yum. I’d like to be eating them all…this very minute!

Do you have a favorite apple treat?

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