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A Cheddar Cheese Ball That's Almost a Gift Itseslf PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Sunday, 25 November 2012 16:41

 

 

The secret arrow in my holiday quiver is this cheddar cheese ball. It's simple to make, is incredibly addictive and can even make uneven gift giving seem on par. It's kind of magical that way.

 

For instance, my cousin gave us a DVD player (with Wi-Fi!) as an early Christmas present. I was stunned by the gift, and giddy as a schoolgirl. But, I wasn't prepared for a gift exchange the night before Thanksgiving. However I had made her a cheese ball as a surprise.

 

When I lamented the fact that the only thing I had for her was the cheese ball her face lit up.

 

“No, no this is awesome!

 

Of course I'm going to get her a real gift, but from the look on her face I think she already believes that she's received a present.

 

Here's the recipe, I hope you enjoy it too.

 

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A Thanksgiving Menu with the Perfect Wine Pairings PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Colleen Brosnan   
Monday, 19 November 2012 15:50

 

(Editors' Note: Planning a full Thanksgiving menu can be a formidable challenge. Picking just the right wines to serve with that feast can be equally challenging - especially if you don't want to break the bank. So, to help make your Thanksgiving dinner a success, we've joined forces with our friend and wine-pairing guru, Colleen Brosnan, to take some of the pressure off of you.

Colleen - who has developed wine lists for several NYC restaurants - has taken her knack for finding wines which taste far better than their price tags and combined it with recipes culled from Teeny Tiny Kitchen to make a menu of traditional dishes, classics with a twist, her own criminally good pumpkin pie recipe, and a well-priced wine list to tie it all together. Whether you're cooking an entire four-course dinner or just bringing a few dishes home for the holidays, these dishes and Colleen's wine pairings will help you bring your best to the table.

Also, keep an eye out for another upcoming collaboration with Colleen - our wine and food gift-giving guide to help you cook and pour your way through the holidays. Thanks for playing, Colleen.)


Launie, Jedd and I have been chatting about working on something together for a few months. Then life became crazy and busy for all of us and it just never got done. This is our first attempt to meld our passions into a fabulous Thanksgiving meal, fit for a king. Although “fit for a president” is probably more appropriate, it just doesn’t have the same ring to it.


I combed through the best of Teen Tiny Kitchen’s recipes and came up with this wonderful Thanksgiving feast and then paired them up with some wines for each course.  I love small production vineyards, but those wines often aren’t sold nationwide. So for this post, I went out of my way to be sure that the wines I chose would be readily available in many regions of the US.

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Tacos for Every Special Holiday PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 23 January 2012 15:51

tacos, turkey tacos, homemade pico de gallo

Years ago my cousin and I couldn't go to our grandparents' house for Easter dinner, and neither of us knew how to cook anything that wasn't from a box. But, we were ambitious and a little homesick so we decided to make tacos – from scratch! Now, “by scratch” in this instance meant that we bought a taco kit and we seasoned the meat with the packet in the box. We were so proud! We even chopped an onion and sauteed it with the ground turkey.

 

Our Easter meal in 1990 was a resounding success, and for the past 22 years whenever we have a holiday dinner together we make tacos. (Well, now her husband and son make the tacos while my cousin, Jedd and I sit around drinking wine.) Family traditions, no matter how goofy they might seem to the outside world, are a wonderful thing to have.

 

Traditions do evolve, though, and so has my recipe for tacos - now including homemade seasoning and fresh pico de gallo.

 

Last week Jedd and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, but it was too cold to leave the apartment for a celebratory dinner. So, we decided to stay in and cook. I was flummoxed over what to make and then the obvious meal occurred to me. What could be easier and more festive than homemade tacos on a cold January night?

 

Nothing at all.

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Wild rice stuffing with baked cranberries PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 17:18

 

Wild rice stuffing serves as lighter, beautiful substitute for the bread stuffing that's such a constant during holiday meals.

 

For Christmas I wanted to make a ham, but traditional bread stuffing felt too rich to serve alongside the salty pork. So, instead of reaching for bread and herbs, I reached for rice and fruit. The other inspiration for this, was that my grandmother had given me a beautiful blue and white dish as an early birthday present, and I wanted to highlight how pretty the dish – and the new dish – looked with cranberries.

 

On top of its excellent taste, this stuffing contains far less fat and calories than the conventional version. So, have an extra Christmas cookie sans guilt.

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Cheddar covered olives PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 13:45

A woman can't live on cat-adorableness and holiday cheer alone. Sometimes cheddar-covered green olives are also necessary. These warm, salty balls of cheese decadence are more than just a great snack for Christmas-tree gazing and kitten admiration, they're also a great appetizer to pull out for holiday gatherings.

 

And, yes, I think I might have just channeled Alec Baldwin from one of his stints on Saturday Night Live.

 

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