Category Holiday

A Lemon Spin on Mignonette

Last night, we had our annual family lobster feast. While much of my family still goes for the butter-lemon sauce, I have taken to the sharper taste of mignonette. This year, we played around with the ingredients a bit and I really liked the outcome. Lemon Mignonette 1 large shallot (or 2 small ones), finely… Continue reading

Homemade Eggnog

Store mixes just can’t compare to homemade. It is a general rule that is hard to beat, and eggnog is no exception. Every season I try to find an excuse to make a version of my grandmother’s simple eggnog recipe. This weekend, we had a small gathering to let kids run amuck and I treated… Continue reading

Grandma House’s Egg Nog

This is another recipe my Mom picked up from our Maryland Grandmother. Every time I make it, I seem to reduce the amount of liquor and still wind up with a potent creation. The original recipe had a lot more “sauce” than this version. 1 quart light cream1 quart deluxe eggnog mix or heavy cream12… Continue reading

Grandma’s Oyster Stew

This is a traditional Christmas dinner appetizer for our family, and it is really more of a soup than a stew. As with most recipes, all the amounts below can be changed to fit the taste you are looking for. 2-4 tb butter1-2 cups diced onion or leek1/2 – 1 cup chopped celery3 pints oysters… Continue reading

Mom’s Thanksgiving Turkey

My mother took this recipe from the New York Times in 1973 (John Hess, 11/15/1973) Making the broth The turkey neck and giblets 3 cups water 1 large, quartered onion 1 sliced carrot A few parsley stems 1 bay leaf Take the turkey neck and giblets and cook with 3 cups of water along with… Continue reading