Category: Recipes


Here is today’s guest blogger, Sonya, from Parga’s Junkyard.  She’s got some great ideas for holiday cooking that isn’t the same ‘ol stuff.

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December 6, 2011

Featured Blog – Parga’s Junkyard

Do you either host your own Christmas Parties and/or Open House or attend at least one during the holidays where you feel compelled to bring a dish? Do you like to find something new and exciting or do you tend to stick with the old reliable recipes your mother passed down to you?

Let’s face it, any Holiday Party is only as memorable as the food served! Well, other than the stories about who drank too much and who sat on who’s lap, that is! But what should you serve this year that will be the talk of the town as we round the corner towards 2012? What can you cook that will be any different from the rest of the parties and open houses your guests will be attending this year? Are you looking for some new recipes? Other than the usual and much used party crackers with pepperoni and cheese why not try some fresh new ideas?

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A Southern Christmas

Okay, so everyone knows that Christmas is wonderful.  I love it.  It’s my favorite holiday.  I love the music, the snow, the lights, the traditions, the food, the presents, the love, the family, but especially….THE EGGNOG!!!  I am very picky about my eggnog.  Seriously.  It has to be just so, or I refuse to drink it.  I can’t have the stuff that they sell in the stores, because it is so thick that it could stop a bathtub drain in it’s tracks.  I know that there are others out there who feel the same way, and simply refuse to drink it.  I actually won’t drink it alone, unless I seriously thin it down.  But, I am also a bartender and because of this, I present to you, A Southern Christmas.  Don’t be scared…we’re gonna talk about how to make the perfect Christmas Eggnog, but with a vodkaandmotherhood twist.

To start, if you don’t drink alcohol, you might want to not attempt this drink.  This one is for the grownups only.

You’re going to need:

Eggnog (4 ounces)

Creme de Cacao (1 ounces)

Southern Comfort (2 ounces)

Bar Shaker

Martini Glasses

Caramel and cinnamon to decorate the glass

First, take the caramel and make a decorative twist in your martini glasses.  Next, take your eggnog, creme de cacao, and soco (that’s southern comfort for those who don’t read bar jargon) and shake it with ice in the bar shaker.  Once thoroughly chilled, strain off into martini glasses.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, and enjoy!
That’s it!  Who says the holidays have to be a headache?  Just get out your eggnog and have yourself a Southern Christmas!!

Low Fat/Low Carb Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients:

Servings:

4

Units: US | Metric

Directions:

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. 2
    On stovetop in a medium skillet or saucepan, sauté mushroom, onion, celery and garlic in olive oil until veggies are soft; remove from heat.
  3. 3
    Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl,combine ground turkey, egg, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  4. 4
    Add sauté veggie mixture to turkey mixture; mix well.
  5. 5
    Stuff peppers with turkey/veggie mix and place in an ungreased shallow casserole dish.
  6. 6
    In a small bowl, combine undrained tomatoes and tomato sauce; pour over peppers to cover.
  7. 7
    Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings; cover with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes.
  8. 8
    Uncover, sprinkle with mozzarella and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and browned.