By Amy Poore

Ah, what to do when you have a house filled with loved ones, and you've spent all your free time (HA!) planning and cooking a ginormous holiday Christmas dinner for all of them - but they want some Christmas morning breakfast?! Well I have a solution: Whip up this super easy and incredibly delicious deep dish breakfast bake. Prep time is minimal, and the ingredients are simple. Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday!

Deep Dish Breakfast Bake 

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. sausage (mild or hot – your preference) 

1 package crescent rolls 

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 

5 eggs 

1/4 cup milk 

1 tsp rosemary 

1/2 tsp salt 

1/4 tsp pepper 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Brown sausage over medium high heat, breaking it up as it cooks. 

Roll out crescent rolls into a 9×13 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Press seams together as so to make a whole sheet of pastry. 

Sprinkle cooked sausage over dough, followed by cheddar cheese. 

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs with milk and add in rosemary, salt and pepper. 

Pour egg mixture over the cheese. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until eggs are set and the crust is a golden color. 

Note: This can be made with bacon and diced ham in place of the sausage as well.

Photo: Amy Poore

By Amy Poore 

Happy Holidays, everyone. I’m sure many of you have traditional recipes you like to use for Christmas dinner, so I thought I’d offer up a fun treat that's easy to make. These mistletoe kisses are the perfect thing to leave out for Santa if you want something a little different (though cookies are certainly the Jolly Man's favorite). Enjoy making these colorful, festive, chocolate delights!

Mistletoe Kisses 

Ingredients:

One bag of square pretzels 

Hersey Hugs 

Hersey Kisses 

Red and green M&Ms 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250.  

Place pretzels on foiled line baking tray.  

By Amy Poore

 

Is everyone ready for the holidays? No? Still running around trying to get the perfect gifts, decorate the perfect tree and, most importantly, plan the perfect holiday meal? You aren’t alone. Same here. Hang in there – all will be perfection on the big day when Santa arrives!

 

I realize that many of you already have a great Christmas dinner planned – so I thought I’d offer up some sweets and some breakfast food ideas for you this month. This is the first of more to come…and it’s always a hit in our house each holiday season. These old fashioned date balls are terrific, and they’re easier to make than you might think. Plus, they use pecans – and if you’ve tried the pecans this season you know: They’re fantastic.

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Anyone need some new dishes to enjoy at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner? Both of these dishes are perfect for the occasion. The Pecan Stuffed Acorn Squash looks gorgeous, but it’s fairly simple to make and it takes just a few ingredients. And the Pear Cake offers a delicious alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving desserts (though certainly include them, too).

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays, and bon appétit!

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S’mores in a Skillet? Yes, Please

By Amy Poore

 

If your idea of a perfect fall evening involves hanging out in the backyard with friends and family cheering on your favorite teams and enjoying tasty treats, this is a recipe just for you. Did you know that you can make S’mores at home, without a campfire? Yep, you can. You can make them in a skillet! Enjoy this recipe – it is always a huge hit.

 

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Cooking with venison (deer meat) can be challenging at first. Proper tenderizing and seasonings need to be added to enhance the flavor and cut down on the "gamey" taste that comes along with wild game. We first started cooking with venison as a way to cut costs at the grocery store meat department when prices started to skyrocket. I also found that I liked the fact that the meat was all natural, with no steroids or other additives. The following five recipes have become family favorites over the years.

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By Amy Poore

 

Whether you’re attending a tailgating party on the Quad or hosting a backyard gathering at home, this is a recipe that is sure to please any football fan. The Mini Pimento Cheese Ball Bites are perfect for tailgate gatherings, and the prep time is super quick. You can make the pimento cheese well ahead of time.

 

By Tori Linville

 

The best game days are marked by the football and the food. If your last tailgate wasn’t one that your taste buds remember, it’s time for a change. Revamp your table with these classic dip recipes on us.

 

By Amy Poore

 

Now that many of us have a bounty of fresh, juicy tomatoes, I thought it would be an excellent time to highlight a couple of wonderful recipes so we can serve them up! Nothing beats a tomato sandwich, of course, but these are excellent dinner options. The tomato pie is perfect for the peak of the tomato season, and the caprese salad skewers make an excellent (and quick to make) appetizer for pre-dinners or for backyard patio parties this summer.

 

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