Appetizer · Brunch · entertaining · main dish · Sandwich · Side dish

Around our Table

We are traditionalists on most holidays. The same foods are usually served each year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But you know what? Sometimes it’s really fun to break out of that “mold” and do something completely different! That’s what happened this year.

My daughter hosted us for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and she and her sister did all the food. Not only did I not contribute to the meal, I wasn’t allowed to lift a finger. That was a gift in itself. They are the sweetest.

Here are the meals they planned and prepared.

Christmas Eve night, they had all appetizers. (BTW, This would make a great menu for New Year’s Eve, too!)

From Monte Cristo Sliders, Chicken sliders (something like these), Cocktail Wieners and Pizza Dip it was a delicious spread.

We had a mid-morning brunch on Christmas morning. The egg casserole Whitney made was a.maz.ing! It had all the brunchy feels to it and balanced out the sweetness of the Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls that Alli and her husband made! What a way to start the day!

Here was the menu for supper
Steak with Texas Roadhouse seasoning, and Crispy Onion Straws
Roasted potatoes with Blue Cheese
Caesar Salad

Learn from a 5-year old how to eat a cookie. Fill your plate with your favorites. Look carefully at the cookie to decide which corner to attack first. Then go in and nibble away until completely devoured!

After church yesterday we were blessed to host everyone for Sunday dinner. It was very impromptu, but I made a simple meal everyone loves – Soup beans and cornbread. I used the simple recipe I’ve shared here. This is such a great meal for ease and for comfort. I served it with roasted potatoes, cornbread, and cooked apples. Even our little guys love this meal.

All these meals were great, yes, but the best part was sitting around the table as a family, thanking the Lord, chatting, laughing, listening, watching, loving, caring and serving. That’s what mealtime is all about.

Plan something simple this week and invite others to join around your table. Eat slowly. Make conversation. Serve them. Love them. There’s nothing that tastes any better!

What kind of foods did your family share over Chrismtas?

main dish · soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Though we haven’t really had much cold weather yet, I’ve already started with the warm and inviting soups.  We love them!

I found a copycat recipe for an Olive Garden Soup on Pinterest for Chicken Gnocchi.  Y.U.M.
Gnocchi (is that singular or plural?) is are little potato pastas that are so wonderfully good!  You can make your own, or find them where the pasta is sold.  This is a really filling soup!

Chicken Gnocchi – From Cooking.com


3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups half-and-half
1 stalk celery, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 carrot, shredded
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper
16 ounces potato gnocchi
1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)

Directions:

Saute the onion, celery, garlic, carrot in oil over medium heat until onion is translucent.
Add chicken, chicken stock, half and half, salt and pepper, thyme. Heat to boiling, then add gnocchi. Gently boil for 4 minutes, then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Add spinach and cook for another 1-2 minutes until spinach is wilted.
(Heat to boiling and add cornstarch dissolved in 1-2 Tbsp water at this point if you want a thicker soup.).
Ladle into bowls and serve

This is so satisfying on a cold day!

What’s your favorite fall soup?

With love from my country kitchen,

Dinner · main dish · turkey

Grilled Turkey Tenderloin

If you’ve never had a turkey tenderloin and are wondering what it is, it’s simply the boneless and skinless part of the turkey breast. Butterball sells them at our Ingles store and I absolutely love them! They’re juicy, tender and cook up quickly.

I came across a recipe for a rub to put on turkey breast that makes it so delicious. It’s a super simple recipe to throw together. If you can grill these, it will be even better, but you can also put it into the oven to roast. Here’s the easy recipe…

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Turkey Tenderloins

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground coriander

1 1/2 pounds turkey tenderloin

2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Stir together first 6 ingredients. Brush turkey tenderloin with olive oil, and rub with brown sugar mixture.

2. Grill turkey, covered with grill lid, over 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat 10 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 165°. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

You could probably use that rub on chicken or pork! It’s a little sweet, a little spicy. Mmmm. It’s just good! I hope you’ll try it!

What part of the turkey is your favorite?

Chicken · main dish · Sunday Dinner

Roasted Chicken with Cabbage

I absolutely love roasted chicken and this one is my family’s go-to recipe.  I’ve been making it for years.  However, I recently stumbled across a recipe that used two main things – chicken and cabbage, which I had and needed to use, so I put it on my menu. I’m not particularly fond of cabbage, but the way this is cooked completely transforms the cabbage!

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Look at the glazing of the cabbage leaves from the chicken juices and the butter! It’s crispy and delicious!!

Wow!  Am I ever glad I made this!  This was amazing! Continue reading “Roasted Chicken with Cabbage”

Dinner · main dish · Pork

Pork Tenderloin with Herb Glaze

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I have been on a mission ~ I’m trying to cook through my own recipe files on my blog.  Someone told me recently that I have more recipes than anyone they’ve ever seen!  It’s true, but it’s because I love making new dishes!  I love experimenting!  I also have a willing husband who will try whatever I fix!  That makes it even more fun!  But because I have do have so many recipes, I don’t re-make many of them.  So, I am doing just that.  It’s been a delicious venture!
Today’s recipe of Pork Tenderloin with Herb Glaze was made at our house ten years ago!  I couldn’t wait to try it again.  I recently purchased a pork tenderloin on sale at the grocery store and I cut the large piece of meat into halves, making enough for several meals for us or providing for company.
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We loved this recipe because the flavors are just so savory!  Continue reading “Pork Tenderloin with Herb Glaze”