30 December 2011

Cookies: Chocolate Nut Biscotti

Chocolate Nut Biscotti
From Denny:  A wonderful cookie recipe from one of my favorite coffee sites:  Gevalia.  This cookie pairs well with a French Roast or a Dark Roast coffee choice.

I've been ordering from them since Time began it seems.  Gevalia is from Sweden where folks drink a ridiculous amount of coffee.  We thought Americans were addicted.  These guys make us look like amateurs! :)

When I was up on the site ordering some new items today I noticed they started putting up some recipes.  You know me; I've got to collect them for you and me to try.

BTW, I don't get paid for endorsing this site.  I just happen to have enjoyed a long relationship and good results from them for well over a decade.  So, I feel comfortable telling you about them.

They always run specials and end of the year sales for tea and coffee accessories that are often quite good too.  Quality merchandise and quality service.  I love their teas as well.

For now, try out this chocolate biscotti recipe sure to give you a warm smile of contentment!

25 December 2011

The Social Poets: Merry Christmas to ALL! Christmas News Video Clips

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The Social Poets: Merry Christmas to ALL! Christmas News Video Clips: From Denny: Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Hope you enjoyed a tasty feast and stuffed yourselves silly. Just wait until the New Year for those calorie regrets. Enjoy your day and thank you for all your support this year! :)

Thought I'd put up a few cool Christmas video news clips of people who live the Christmas spirit of goodwill and giving to others.
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22 December 2011

Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 15 Best Christmas Quotes: Just What Is It About Christmas Time?




Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 15 Best Christmas Quotes: Just What Is It About Christmas Time?: From Denny: At this time of the year, in the early winter, there slowly descends and rests upon the land a sense of spiritual calm and Peace.

Be aware not to get too caught up in the shopping sales, rushing about to finish last minute gifts and holiday preparations to miss noticing the biggest Gift. Take the time to absorb this special energy sent from Heaven.
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21 December 2011

Dennys Food and Recipes: Awesome Holiday Dessert: Baked Pear Parcels With Lemon Chamomile Sauce


Baked Pear Parcels with Lemon Chamomile Sauce


Dennys Food and Recipes: Awesome Holiday Dessert: Baked Pear Parcels With Lemon Chamomile Sauce: From Denny: Pears come in season during the Christmas holidays and are plentiful. But have you thought about what to do with them beyond enjoying them fresh or giving as holiday gifts?

Our local newspaper here in Louisiana included some recipes from USA Pears, so, of course, you know I just had to go explore their site. The site is set up to promote the pear growers' product and awareness of the fruit. Since I've been thinking about setting up my own organic orchards I've been visiting a lot of sites like this one.

While their recipe section is not extensive it has some gems like the following recipe well suited for the holiday table when you want something special to wow the family or your guests. If, you are like me, you like to try new recipes or variations on a popular theme - like baked pears. A nice touch is the lemon chamomile sauce that snuggles up to these pears.

Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Check Out Christmas Posts: Funny, Music, Cartoons, Quotes, Recipes, Poems, Stories


Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Check Out Christmas Posts: Funny, Music, Cartoons, Quotes, Recipes, Poems, Stories: From Denny:  Check out so many Christmas themed posts that you will pig out like it is a holiday feast.

I've been blogging for three years now and have found loads of Christmas music of all genres - and still adding.  Interesting food to enjoy along with Christmas humor to keep you laughing as well as munching through your busy holidays.

This year I'm adding more Christmas stories and poems, the classics.  Every year there are new recipes to try so the holiday food train just keeps on rolling!
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18 December 2011

Poems From A Spiritual Heart: 20 Christmas Poems From Favorite Classic Poets

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Poems From A Spiritual Heart: 20 Christmas Poems From Favorite Classic Poets: From Denny:  Revisit some old favorites and discover new poetry friends from the past century.  Here are 20 classic poems, some familiar like "The Night Before Christmas" and many more are so old and not taught in the current fast-paced culture that the past couple of generations may not have read them. These poems are so dense with imagery and archaic language it will exercise your brain and warm your heart at the same time! :)
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16 December 2011

Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Video Fail: Static Charged Dog Prances Proudly

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Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Video Fail: Static Charged Dog Prances Proudly: From Denny:  Every animal lover will laugh at this one.  Hey, the dog just wanted to get a good puppy massage from his owner.

Of course, with it being winter and the air so dry the dog hair got so charged up it produced this hilarious result - with the dog wondering why everyone was laughing.  Check it out:
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14 December 2011

Comfort Food From Louisiana: Beef: Braised Sirloin Tips

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Comfort Food From Louisiana: Beef: Braised Sirloin Tips: From Denny: Want a low maintenance meal to throw in the oven during the holiday season while you tend to other things? A hearty casserole is always welcome when the weather turns chilly. You might want relief from dining on turkey. Why not try this easy braised sirloin tips recipe?

Besides, it has brain food: mushrooms. During the holiday season it's easy to get frazzled and it sure is fun to know that mushrooms are available to get our overloaded brains back on target. :)
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06 December 2011

Cookies: Chocolate Bliss


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From Denny:  A melt-in-your-mouth cookie favorite.  A local food writer received it from a friend in Nashville, Tennessee.  "And she told two friends - and she told two friends..." :)  This cookie has been making the rounds with chocolate foodies.

It's an easy recipe, fast enough to whip up for the holidays.  Part of what makes this cookie so delectable is that half of the chocolate chips are melted and added to the batter along with the unmelted ones.  It's like what chef Paul Prudhomme practiced with the concept of layering the same taste in a dish.

A note about melting chocolate:  Remember to use dry utensils.  Even a tiny amount of water can cause the chocolate to stiffen and not melt properly.  We can't have that, now can we? :)

If you want to make clean up faster and easier, think about lining your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Note:  You might want to do one cookie as a test cookie to see how long it takes your oven to get to the puffy stage, usually 9 to 10 minutes in most cases.  But take the time and do the test because your cookie size may differ from the recipe.  It's always worth the effort to do a test when it comes to chocolate.  Everyone has a personal preference of how they want the cookie to taste and the texture.

Want a new cookie recipe for Christmas?  This one may just become your family's new holiday tradition!

Read on for the recipe:

05 December 2011

Comfort Food From Louisiana: Cajun Red Beans and Rice

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Comfort Food From Louisiana: Cajun Red Beans and Rice: From Denny: Red Bean and Rice is a traditional recipe in Louisiana that was the original Wash Day food every Monday, in every household in New Orleans, rich or poor. These beans could simmer on the stove for hours, leaving time for household chores.

Living in Louisiana, sometimes I forget some people don't know how to make this simple delicious dish. It's seems when I am researching up pops something else that I just know you will want to see.

I've been thinking lately of how to get more beans into our diet by adding to traditional recipes and found some awesome recipes from the various bean grower sites that I will be featuring soon on all my food blogs. If you are not yet sold on beans as a healthy and inexpensive food, this dish would be a great introduction.
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04 December 2011

Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Holiday Ads: Crazy Target Lady Shopping Tips 4 - 6




Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Holiday Ads: Crazy Target Lady Shopping Tips 4 - 6: From Denny: Crazy Lady keeps the laughs coming! She really does mock the Black Friday shopping spree that occurs every year once everyone has gulped down their Thanksgiving Day dinner.

The message from retailers? "Be thankful just long enough to finish your meal. Now get down to business and start emptying your wallets into our Big Business piggy banks."
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02 December 2011

Dennys Food and Recipes: Appetizer: Berried Brie

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Dennys Food and Recipes: Appetizer: Berried Brie: From Denny: Need a simple appetizer during the holiday season and you don't want to stand over it to practically hatch it? This is so simple you will fall over laughing! It's so easy your children can make it for you.

All you need is a round of brie cheese, some canned cranberry sauce and fresh pecans. Throw it into a slow cooker for a couple of hours over low heat and you have instant magic without a lot of fuss. It will leave you time for wrapping all those gifts and giggling with the kids.
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01 December 2011

Cookies: Mini-Chocolate Chip Dipped Shortbread Sticks

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From Denny:  Do you like to bake shortbread cookies for the holidays?  Here is a new twist - literally - on the idea.  When you cut the dough into rectangles you twist them before baking, then dip in chocolate.  How pretty is that for a holiday gathering?!

Now if the Wolf SubZero site would only supply photos to their recipe section... but hey, check out the humorous chocolate photo found over at flickr.  (All Rights Reserved for this photographer but an embed code available for use on your blog.) Another chocolate foodie on the loose!


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