getting rid of january blues

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Since I adore the holiday season, the fact that Christmas is over can send my mood plummeting.  Gray days seem to loom ahead during January and February, so it is very necessary for my to actively work against the gloom.  These are a few of the ways that I try to beat my January blues:

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holiday bites

I hosted our annual holiday open house this past weekend and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite holiday bite-size hors d’oeuvres.  My philosophy is to serve just 4 or 5 dishes and have plenty of them to go around!  Huge thank you to Elizabeth with Cutting Board Catering for helping out with the food.  While I can’t really share the caterer’s recipes, I hope that these holiday bites will serve as inspiration for your upcoming gatherings.

Pesto Potato Frittata

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Most people think of frittatas for breakfast for lunch, but they are a hearty and substantial appetizer.  Bonus: They can be served room temperature.  While any frittata ingredients will do, this pesto and potato version is a crowd pleaser and vegetarian-friendly.

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christmas spirits

For your upcoming holiday events, I’m sharing my two favorite holiday cocktails.  Perfect for one or for a crowd!

The White Christmas

I love this cocktail, as it is made by the pitcher which makes it easy to serve for a party.  The delicious peach and rosemary flavors are perfect for the season, but also unexpected.  Find the recipe here.

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flavors of fall

Sorry for the radio silence!  Since my little guy turned 5, we have been battling ear infections, which resulted in ear tubes round 2 and an adenoidectomy.  We are still recouping at our house, but I thought I’d share a few of our favorite fall dishes.  We’ve been busy baking here, since Gabriel isn’t ready to get out and about quite yet:

  • Nothing can beat the simplicity of oatmeal raisin cookies.  These are the best (so soft and chewy) and fill your house with a glorious aroma as they bake.

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  • I love pecan recipes, especially during this season.  This kale and pecan salad would be the perfect side to serve for a fall dinner.

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  • Nothing is more comforting than a fall soup.  This butternut squash is a house favorite for our family for a lunch or a festive dinner starter.

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  • Everyone needs a go-to game day dish.  These wings are sure to please even the most upscale of crowds.

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Give these delicious recipes a try!  The flavors of fall are the best!

katherine Greene

 

 

totally tomato

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Is there anything better than a summer tomato?  Whether you get them at the Farmer’s Market or grow them yourself, tomatoes are the perfect addition to your summer table.

My favorite tomato salad has to be a Caprese salad.  This assembled dish could not be easier or more delicious.  You should give it a try for your 4th of July cookout.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • extra-virgin olive oil

Step by Step:

  1. Slice your tomatoes and mozzarella into equal slices, about 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Layer slices of tomatoes and mozzarella in an alternating pattern, adding a basil leaf between each onto your serving platter
  3. Drizzle the salad with extra-virgin olive oil
  4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Yum!  A bonus for me this dish is naturally gluten-free.  I also love adding a drizzle of a balsamic vinegar reduction.

What’s your favorite tomato dish for summer?

katherine Greene