December 2015

Decoration Dilemma

The holidays are gone, but don’t throw away those living decorations! Maybe you were gifted a Christmas cactus or Hawaiian Christmas tree and who didn’t buy a poinsettia or two? The leaves are wilted, the flowers may be gone but, just like us—the once beautiful creatures are just a little tired! Please, please don’t throw …

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Olive Surprises

Something old, something new. The twelve days of Christmas. Take me back to when no one counted calories and we thought it was absolutely fine to eat processed food. My mom used to make these for Xmas Eve and serve them warm straight out of the oven. Kind of like cheese straws wrapped around olives. …

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Mini Beef Wellington

Mini Beef Wellingtons I am a food blog   makes 6 individual portions prep time: 1 hour cook time: 1 hour total time: 2 hours 1 TABLESPOON BUTTER 1 LB MUSHROOMS, FINELY CHOPPED 2-3 SPRIGS FRESH THYME SALT AND FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER 1 LB BEEF TENDERLOIN/FILET, CUT INTO CUBES SALT AND FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER 1 …

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Sausage Wonton Wraps

The Robert/Walker/Toca/Hellmuth Christmas Eve celebration is built on the tradition of lots of wonderful appetizers that are served during an extended cocktail hour as the kids run wild and pray for the call to open presents. My cousin Lisa Hellmuth Zenor, or “Aunt Lisa” as she is known to my children, has a few specialties …

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