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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!


Sweet Potato Bundles

This recipe for Sweet Potato Bundles is for all the sweet tooth's out there. Sweet potatoes are mixed with brown sugar, OJ, orange zest and nutmeg, then rolled around a large marshmallow. To finish them off, they are rolled around in a mixture of coconut, sugar and cinnamon. They are delicious, and very sweet.
Sweet Potato Bundles
Makes 6-8 servings

4 large sweet potatoes
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups shredded coconut, sweetened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large marshmallow per sweet potato bundle

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Bake the potatoes until tender, then peel and mash them. Stir in the brown sugar, orange juice, zest and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, toss the coconut with the sugar and cinnamon. Press mashed potatoes around each marshmallow, creating a 2 to 3-inch diameter ball. Roll the balls in the coconut mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch care…

Maple-Roasted Turkey with Sage, Smoked Bacon, and Cornbread Stuffing

Turkey day is almost here! I figured I better hurry up and post a few recipes those that are still in need of Thanksgiving recipe inspiration.

As a side note, do you make the traditional food for Thanksgiving (turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, etc.) or do you go with more unusual food?  I am often torn between trying something new and relying on the old stand by recipes.
Anyhow, onto the meal. Tyler Florence rocks this turkey/stuffing recipe. The pan drippings make a very unusual gravy that is slightly sweet. My only complaint was that even with a lot of basting going on, it turned out not as juicy as I would've hoped. Anyone have any tips in that area?

Maple-Roasted Turkey with Sage, Smoked Bacon, and Cornbread Stuffing
Serves 6-8


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 bunch fresh sage, leaves finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 loaf cornbread, cubed (about 6 cups)
1 tube of Jimmy Dean maple sausage (I b…

Glazed Cheese Croissants

This recipe for Glazed Cheese Croissants are very delish, although a bit unconventional. I'd recommend trying them out for a lazy weekend breakfast, if you aren't afraid that one main ingredient is cottage cheese. It is actually worked into the dough rather than used as a filling. I added a bit of cinnamon on top.

I had some issues rolling out the dough so I made it cinnamon roll style where you start with a square shape, roll it into a log and cut it into slices. No matter what recipe, no matter how hard I try, I cannot roll out dough properly, so don't blame the recipe.

These have a unique flavor from the cottage cheese that I really enjoyed. They are best served fresh and warm.

Glazed Cheese Croissants
Makes 8 servings

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup small-curd cottage cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
1/4 teaspoon salt

Sugar Glaze (see below)

1. In a medium bowl, combine butter, cottage cheese, …

Lemon Chicken with Croutons

WOW. That is some shiny chicken. Had to use the flash for this picture.

The recipe is from Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home. I have come to love Ina Garten. While I'm still not a fan of the kissy-kissy bear hugs she gives her husband on TV, the story of their marriage is actually quite romantic. When the Food Network replays the Chefography episodes I recommend that you watch them. You may even come to love Giada and Rachael after watching them.

Anyhow, back to the cookbook. Full of gorgeous pictures and delicious recipes like Goat Cheese Tarts, Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic, Pear Clafouti, Pain Perdu and Chocolate Orange Mousse. Simple, elegant and delicious.


Mild Spice Bites

Unlike a stronger flavored ginger cookie, this recipe for Mild Spice Bites takes a much lighter molasses flavor. It is perfect for shipping over the holidays. It is very light in weight and it stores well. A thin milk glaze is applied to the top with a sprinkle of sugar to top it off.

Mild Spice Bites
Makes about 60

3/4 c. light-flavor molasses
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. butter (no substitutes)
4 c. AP flour
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 eggs
Milk
Coarse decorating sugar or granulated sugar

1. Combine molasses, brown sugar, and butter in a large saucepan. Heat and stir until melted. Cool mixture about 20 minutes. Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and pepper in a large mixing bowl; set aside.

2. Beat eggs into cooled molasses mixture with a wooden spoon. Stir in flour mixture. Cover dough with plastic wrap, and chill for 1 to 2 hours or till easy to handle.

3. Divide dough into six equal portions. Roll …