My Favorite Holiday Bites


Thanksgiving is over and we spent ours with some of our children. My daughter-in-law made dinner this year, so I was off the hook! It was a wonderful day and everything was delicious! The only thing was that I missed some of my favorite bites. I still had a turkey at home to cook and I had been dying to try a technique I had heard about to see if it worked. Since I was clear of the pressure to serve it to anyone but my Hubby and I, I decided to go for it on Sunday. To my happy surprise it worked perfectly and I will never make a turkey any other way again! I also made the two sides that I was missing from other Thanksgivings. The Cranberry & Apricot Chutney I cook at Thanksgiving but use it for many Holiday dishes all the way to Christmas and as a gift to Hostesses when I attend parties. It’s great on Brie too! Continue reading

Focaccia Art


My kids came home to visit this weekend and my son Dillon wanted to make something with me. I know this Focaccia Art is trending, so I suggested we try to make some ourselves. I took a shortcut on the dough and pulled most of the herbs out of my garden so it was simple and fun, not to mention delicious! Continue reading

Baked Shrimp With A Lemon & Tarragon Mayonnaise: Revisited

Baked Shrimp With A Lemon & Tarragon Mayonnaise 1
Today I’m sharing a recipe I made back in 2018: “I like to entertain, but I do try to keep things simple. Baking the shrimp instead of boiling them takes way less time and ends up perfect every time.  Then, instead of the same old cocktail sauce (although I served that too), I made a mayonnaise-based sauce for dipping. My guests went crazy over it and the cocktail sauce was left untouched! The best part was that this time I got to share it first-hand with my Fabulous Fare Sister…Linda…she was there too! If you’re serving shrimp – try this method…and the sauce is better if made a day ahead, which is always nice…”  Continue reading

Lobster Bisque Scalloped Potatoes

Lobster Bisque Scalopped Potatoes
This Scalloped Potatoes dish is beyond decadent, it’s even crave worthy… Born out of our current shopping challenges, I was forced to get creative when I couldn’t find what I was looking for and had to figure how to create the dishes I wanted with what I had, or what I could get. I love Wegmans Lobster Bisque from the soup bar and as you know there are no open food bars in the grocery stores. Well, as fate would have it they did have it in containers so I bought a few…. Long story short, I wanted to make Scalloped Potatoes but couldn’t get milk that day so I improvised with what was in the refrigerator… and wait till you see what I used to substitute milk. (I’ve also now used the bisque as a pasta sauce adding shrimp, crab and scallops). Continue reading

Mushroom & Gruyère Soup

Mushroom and Gruyere Soup 3

Last weekend I made a cheese sauce that I like to serve with my Baked Sweet Potatoes. Well, today I paired the sauce with the mushrooms I had in the refrigerator that needed to be used. What a great combination…the nutty cheese pairs beautifully with the earthy mushrooms. I have to say it was my best mushroom soup yet! Continue reading

Herb Marinated Curly Shrimp with Fresh Dill Flowers: Revisited

Herb Marinated Curly Shrimp With Fresh Dill Flowers
Dill is again growing in wild abundance in my herb garden…so I’m revisiting a dish that is a perfect use of some that lovely dill…”One of the things I love about dill are the yellow flowering dill tops. These flowers are not only beautiful, but they are also edible. They have a very concentrated dill flavor and look stunning on any plate. If you have dill in your garden I encourage you to use the flowers. Just for fun and to impress my lunching friends I cut the shrimp in half lengthwise so when I cooked them they would curl up. It also creates a better bite for a salad or appetizer”…  Continue reading