It’s National Caramel Day!

Ooooh caramel… that sweet, chewy confection! It is as American as Apple Pie Pockets. Caramel pairs perfectly with almost any dessert. It can be prepared quite simply, or it can be sculpted into delightfully elegant masterpieces. Many of our fondest memories are dripping with caramel-infused goodies. Naturally, we now set aside a day every year dedicated to sweet, gooey perfection!

April 5th is National Caramel Day and Ream’s Food Stores are here to help you celebrate! Here are some delicious recipes and sweet deals to feed those caramel urges!

Oh-So-Easy Caramel Sauce

From allrecipes.com

One of the easiest ways to enjoy caramelly goodness is to whip up simple caramel sauce. Caramel sauce enhances brownies, ice cream, fruits, pies, and much more! Its only limited by your imagination! We’ll show you how to make the sauce; then you can show us what you do with it!

You’ll find these simple ingredients at Ream’s:

  • 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Then follow these instructions to get saucy!

 

Upside-Down Caramel-Apple Biscuits

From pillsbury.com


Do you love the taste of caramel apples? Sweet caramel and tart Granny Smith Apples seem to complement each other perfectly. Here’s a new take on this classic combo:

Grab these ingredients at your local Ream’s Food Store:

  • 1 Can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated Butter Tastin’™ Biscuits (On Sale April 3 – April 9, 2018 for only $1.79!)
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • ½ Cup Caramel Ice Cream Topping
  • ¼ Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • 6 Cups Sliced Peeled Granny Smith Apples (About 4 Medium)
  • ½ Cup Chopped Pecans

Then follow these instructions to create your very own caramel-apple nirvana!

 

Chocolate Caramelitas

From guittard.com


Caramel and chocolate pair together perfectly! Semisweet chocolate is the perfect partner to tame caramel’s sweetness. For all of you chocolate fiends out there who want to celebrate caramel day, this chocolate caramelitas recipe is for you:

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups (12 oz) Guittard Real Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Divided   (On Sale April 3 – April 9, 2018 for $2.79 at Ream’s Food Stores!)
  • 14 Ounces (50 pieces) Light Candy Caramels
  • ½ Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Cups Unsifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Quick-Cooking Rolled Oats
  • 1 ½ Cups Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans

We hope you enjoy National Caramel Day! Click here to see more of this week’s deals at Ream’s Food Stores!

 

Easter Fun & Fantastic Holiday Food!

Easter is coming quickly and Ream’s Food Stores has great deals and fun ideas to help you celebrate the season!


- EASTER DECORATIONS -

Easter decorations bring life, fun, and excitement to your home. From March 13 – March 19, Ream’s Food Stores has wonderful Easter decorations on sale!

Check out this Easter Bunny Rocker for only $10.99!

We have an assortment of Beautiful Floral Metal Easter Baskets for just $8.99!

This adorable Bunny Salt & Pepper Set is only $4.99!


These and many other fun Easter Decorations are available this week!
Shop more Easter Deals here!

- EASTER DIYs & RECIPES -

 

Kool-Aid Tie-Dye Easter Eggs


We look forward to dyeing Easter Eggs every year! What we don’t look forward to is the smell of vinegar wafting throughout the house! With this awesome Kraft Kool-Aid Recipe, you get all the fun without the nasty smell! Prep time is only 20 minutes!
Gather the kids together and put on some groovy tunes; we’re going to make Tie-Dye Easter Eggs!
To get started, you’ll need to stop by Reams and grab:

  • 2 Envelopes (0.16 oz each) KOOL AID Cherry Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
  • 2 Envelopes (0.15 oz each) KOOL AID Orange Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
  • 2 Envelopes (0.23 oz each) KOOL AID Lemonade Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
  • 2 Envelopes (0.22 oz each) KOOL AID Mixed Berry or Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
  • ½ Cup Water Divided
  • 1-1/2 Dozen Hard-Cooked Eggs, Cooled

Then, follow the instructions here for your fun, easy Tie-Dye Easter Eggs!

 

Preparing Your Easter Ham


What would any holiday be without great food? When you’re looking to gather your family around a delicious Easter feast, Ream’s Food Stores has you covered! Stop by our meat department for premium cuts of top-quality meats.

First, stop by your local Ream’s Food Store and pickup:

  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Whole Fully Cooked Boneless Ham
  • Whole Cloves
  • Marashino Cherries
  • Cornstarch
  • 1 Can Crushed Pineapple in Juice, Undrained

Then, follow the instructions here to create a holiday ham that’s sure to become your new Easter tradition!

 

Top Off Your Easter Feast with a Layered Strawberry Cheesecake Bowl!

You’ll need:

  • 3 Cups of Sliced Fresh Strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Packages (8oz. each) Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1-1/2 Cups Cold Milk
  • 1 Pkg. (3.4oz) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 2 Cups thawed Cool Whip, Divided
  • 2 Cups Frozen Pound Cake Cubes (1 Inch)
  • 1 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Use these simple instructions to whip up what will surely be the crown jewel of your family’s Easter Feast!

Have a Happy Easter – from all of us at Ream’s Food Stores!

 

February’s Best Date Night Recipies

 

Prolong V-Day With These Delicious Date Night Ideas!

Making your honey feel like a million bucks this February doesn’t have to COST a million bucks. Ream’s Food Stores has everything you need to pick one of these dinner or desserts, to create a romantic intimate night for your loved one. Mix and match, there’s no wrong combo for these entertaining and delicious ideas!


- DINNER -

Steak and Rosemary Potatoes


This classic combo is a romantic staple for a reason. Cooking a steak just right is a little more technical of a culinary endeavor, but keep calm, collected, and follow the steps…you’ll be certain to impress the pants off your loved one! (Fingers crossed)

Ingredients:

  • 2 angus NY strip steaks
  • 1 pound red and yellow potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch rosemary
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, olive oil, and rosemary. Wash the potatoes and cut into large chunks, about 1 inch in size. Toss the potatoes in the rosemary/olive oil mixture, spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

To prepare the steak, rub with olive oil, remaining rosemary, and salt and pepper. Grill on high for 2-3 minutes, then turn for another 2-3 minutes. Finish cooking steak in a skillet in the oven for about 5 minutes or until desired temperature.

Plate potatoes and steak and top with chopped parsley and chopped rosemary.


- DESSERT -

Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait


If you’re short on time, or baking isn’t your forte, this recipe is a perfect option. It’s quick, simple, and you’ll have oh-so-yummy cheesecake flavors with none of the baking, mess, or hassle!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • ½ cup strawberry jam (16oz Strawberries are On Sale This Week at Ream’s Food Stores!)
  • 12 ounces non-fat yogurt (vanilla)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp (low fat)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups vanilla wafer cookies (crushed)
  • 4 small jars

Crush the wafer cookies in a zippable bag, line the bottom of the jars with the crumbs about ½ inch thick. Set aside. Beat together cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl until the mixture is creamy, light, and smooth. Layer this mixture into the jars, cool in the fridge. Cut strawberries into slices and mix with jam–add a little water to jam if needed to thin it slightly. Once combined, cool in the fridge. Top the cheesecake mason jars with the strawberry mixture when ready to serve.


Chocolate Heart Mousse Cake


This decadent chocolate glory has a devil’s food cake base, milk chocolate mousse, and dark chocolate topping. Not for the faint of heart, but it will definitely put any chocolate-lover in a warm and cuddly mood. The steps are a bit trickier for this recipe, but if you’re someone who likes to cook, you will enjoy the process and have something really special to show off to your sweetheart.

Ingredients:

  • 1 18-ounce devil’s food cake mix (plus ingredients called for on box)
  • 14 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 12 tablespoons butter (On Sale This Week at Ream’s Food Stores!)
  • ¼ cup coffee
  • 10 large eggs, separated
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream (cold)
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate (for shell topping)
  • ¾ cup heavy cream (for shell topping)
  • 5 tablespoons light corn syrup (for shell topping)

Prepare cake according to box instructions in a 9 by 13 inch pan. Remove cake from pan once slightly cooled, then cool completely on a rack.



Clean the cake pan, then dry and line with plastic wrap. Using a serrated knife, cut the cake into 6 rectangles by doing one horizontal cut followed by 3 vertical cuts. Then carefully slice the height of each rectangle in half to create thinner pieces, now 12 total. Line the cake pan with one layer of cake.


To create the mousse, heat together chocolate, butter, coffee, and ¼ cup water in a double boiler. Stir gently until melted and completely combined. Remove from heat and set aside.


Whisk egg yolks, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water in a separate bowl. Ensure the bowl is heatproof and place it over the double boiler, once again keeping the water at a simmer. When the egg/sugar mixture is a pale yellow, at about 6-8 minutes, add the original chocolate/coffee mixture to it. Continue to stir adding the vanilla until the mousse starts to cool, then place the bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice water. This will immediately finish cooling the mousse and is an imperative step in getting the texture desired. Whisk no more than 4 minutes to avoid excessive thickness.


The final step for the mousse is to beat heavy cream and a few tablespoons sugar until peaks are formed. Gently fold this into the mousse. Spread the final mousse over the cake layer, creating another layer with the remaining cake, much like a lasagna. Freeze overnight.


To create the chocolate shell on top, mix together chocolate heavy cream, and 4 tablespoons corn syrup in a double boiler until melted. Gently spoon over the frozen mousse and spread into a thin layer. Return to freezer. One set, use a heart-shaped pastry cutter or cookie cutter (without a lip) to serve for Valentine’s day.


Hot Cocoa Mix


Last but certainly not least, this clever idea turns your gift into a second date night for another time! Keep warm during the last months of winter with a quick cocoa recipe. By combining all the ingredients for your loved one ahead of time and packaging it up in a pretty way, you’ll be doing a win-win for your both…if you can get them to share the product of your efforts.

Ingredients:

Layer each ingredient into a jar or clear mug with a lid, topping with the marshmallows. Attach a custom card with the following instructions: “Remove marshmallows and set aside. Shake up remaining cocoa mix until combined. For each ½ cup cocoa mix, add 1 cup hot water or milk and stir together. Top with mallows.” Decorate the jar with stickers or ribbon for a sweet lovey-dovey look.

Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas For Kids


Valentine’s Day is Coming Up!

It’s easy to let winter blues get you down as the kids feel cramped up inside and we all painstakingly watch the days get slightly longer one excruciatingly slow minute at a time. Valentine’s Day is a great respite from the chilly routine and a chance to brighten things up with hearts, crafts, and love. Help your kids make this sweet holiday fun through great cards, candy, and DIY projects. We’ve put together 10 playful pastimes for your whole family to have an amazing “crafternoon.”

1. Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Little fingers will enjoy getting their heart shape just right with these clever crafts. All you need is some pipe cleaner and yarn to make a half hour of quality time together. It’s a great chance to chat when little minds are engaged–you’ll be amazed at what they’ll open up and share while doing something engaging.

2. Heart Crayons

Everyone has that box of rogue broken or old crayons in mismatched shapes and sizes. We had a great time stealing this charming idea from Creative Mommas to reduce, reuse, and recycle what many would chuck out as garbage. Break up the crayons into smaller pieces, organize into different silicone heart-shaped molds by color, and melt for just a few minutes in the oven. Once they’re cooled down and reset, you will have adorable, new, and functional art supplies on your hands! Giving the writing utensils new life will entice your kiddos to use them again; or, if you have enough broken crayons this would make a great gift alternative for their classmates from those boring old chalky candies. That reusing is sure to save you money too–so it’s a win-win-win for you, your clutter, and the environment!

3. Fragrant Heart-Shaped Soaps

A relaxing bath or spa day is not limited to those with lots of expendable income. With just a few ingredients, your family will have a classic and thoughtful gift to any of your valentines. Silicone molds and a simple recipe of coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, lye, and distilled soap are the components for the “grownups” portion of this project (a little stove top work is involved). However your kids can go crazy choosing scents from different essential oils, and solid pieces to infuse into the soap, like the dried lavender pictured. These finishing touches to make a luxurious aromatherapy experience are the really great part anyhow.

4. Valen-Heart Suncatcher

This one may take a little more time, but the uses are very versatile as they can be hung in a window, descending from the ceiling, or incorporated into a card. Whatever application you choose, the kiddos will finally be able to put to use all your old tissue paper. With that, some construction paper, and plain ol’ Elmer’s glue they’ll be all set to make a sweet and unique faux-stained glass masterpiece.

5. Heart Origami

This is the perfect task for the kids with fastidious fingers and a gift for detail this Valentine’s Day. A few pieces of paper, some patience, and they’ll have sweet and perfect gift for all their friends.

6. Love Bug Toilet Rolls

It’s a great lesson for kids to learn that fun can be found all around them. Repurposing old toilet paper rolls is free and uncomplicated…and once they’re done painting and gluing them into cute little creatures, your kids will be more open minded to the interesting things they can do with all the mundane innocuous items all around them, increasing their creativity and imagination–something our electronics driven age can certainly use more of.

7. Paper Heart Chain

This is a great way to master scissors for little hands and can be a enjoyable project for the young or young at heart. When the chains are done you’ll even have adorable seasonal decor you can enjoy all month long.

8. Celery Flower Cards

Daddy isn’t the only one who gets to give mommy “flowers” on Valentine’s Day now! This darling idea will give your little ones a new and fresh way to feel apart of February traditions. Super simple, they can make a picture just for you, or cards for the whole family!

9. Classic Valentine Sugar Cookies

This yummy activity will give the whole family a fix of sweet and allow the kids to run wild with creativity. Buy all your favorite heart candies, sprinkles, colored frosting, and cake toppers to really make them festive and allow your young loved ones carte blanche.

10. Fingerprint Photo Frame Valentine

This is an easy and entertaining craft that would make a perfect gift for grandma or grandpa. The free form style allows kids to have fun and explore, while the price tag is super reasonable given most of the supplies can be found in the craft aisle at your local Ream’s. Pick up an inexpensive, basic frame, some craft paint, and print out your kid’s best insta-pic…and you have an adorable keepsake. Thanks to One Artsy Mama for the great idea.

Favorite Winter Instant Pot Recipes

Winter is Here!

What better way to greet the cold and snow than with delicious, warm food? But even better than that- food you can meet super quick by just throwing some ingredients in your instant pot!


Instant Pots for Quick n’ Easy Meals!

Late to the game on instant pots? This holy grail appliance is a small investment that will change the way you cook. Very similar to slow cookers, Instant Pot are multi-use, programmable pressure cookers that will speed up your cooking game. Make meals in under an hour, or in as little time as five minutes using the high pressure setting!

Delicious & Defrosting

There are hundreds of recipes that are a breeze to make using your instant pot, from stews to pulled pork and even desserts. We’ve collected a few hearty recipes we think will warm you up this winter, so bundle up and enjoy!

Try these scrumptious recipes with your family this winter:

Instant Pot Chili

Recipe by: glutenfreepressurecooker.com
Click here for directions

Who doesn’t want a bowlful of chili to warm up on a cold winter night? This delicious classic chili is super easy and can be made in under an hour! This recipe is hearty, flavorful, and even gluten free!



Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 x 14.5oz crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 16oz canned pinto or red kidney beans
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Ancho or regular chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper add more for extra heat
  • 3/4 cup gluten free beef broth
  • Salt to taste


Instant Pot Easy Mac n’ Cheese

Recipe by: centercutcook.com
Click here for directions

Who needs boxed mac when you can make your own almost as quick and twice as delicious in your instant pot? Cook these simple ingredients at high pressure to get a perfect and warm meal on a cold evening.



Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 2 tsp kosher or sea salt (+ more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese


Five-Ingredient Carnitas

Recipe by: acalculatedwhisk.com/
Click here for directions

As if using your hot pot wasn’t easy enough, this delicious recipe is only 5 ingredients! These carnitas come out extremely juicy and tender, and are delicious over rice, in wraps, or even plain if you just can’t wait to eat them!

Ingredients:

  • 2½-3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into two-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican seasoning, taco seasoning, or chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • Juice of 1 lime (or substitute lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • Choice of rice, lettuce or tortillas for wraps, egg on top, or eat plain


Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

Recipe by: thesuburbansoapbox.com
Click here for directions

Don’t lie- we know you saved room for dessert! This chocolate cake may be easy to make, but it’s taste is amazing, and the warm gooey dulce de leche center will warm you up from head to toe!



Ingredients:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for garnish
  • 2 large eggs plus two large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons dulce de leche
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt


Football Party Foods

It’s Bowl Time!

It is that time of year everyone looks forward to. Gather around the TV with family and friends. Put on your gear and warn the neighbors – its going to get LOUD! This – the last chance of the season to watch your favorite team compete on the gridiron – calls for an epic football party. With our help, your bowl party just might become as legendary as the game!

Fundamentals

First, lets cover some fundamentals. These are the essentials your party will need just to stay competitive throughout the contest:

  • Plenty of Room
  • Comfortable Seating
  • Chips (You Want A Good Assortment)
  • Everyone’s Favorite Beverages
  • A Decent-Sized Television Screen (The Bigger, The Better)

Game-Day Atmosphere

Building up the game-day atmosphere will get your party amped up well before kickoff, and can keep it lively long after the final whistle.
Make your party the next best thing to being there in person with *these* game-winning tips:

  • Hold a quick game of two-hand touch in the yard prior to the game
  • Use football & team-themed serveware (Don’t use those leftover plates from Saint Patrick’s Day – unless you’re cheering for the Fighting Irish)
  • Decorate using your team’s colors; you’ve got team-spirit, show it off!
  • Create a “Concessions” banner to hang above your snack table
  • Designate a prize for the person who most closely predicts the final score of the game
  • Hold a touchdown-celebration dance contest at halftime

The Game-Winning Drive

You’ve prepared. You’ve taken care of the fundamentals. Your party is buzzing with that unmistakable game-day atmosphere. Time to push it over the top with the BEST football foods around!

Here are some fantastic recipes to score with any crowd:

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Recipe from tasteofhome.com
Click here for directions

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 cup ranch or blue cheese salad dressing
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • French bread baguette slices, celery ribs or tortilla chips

7-Layer Dip

Recipe from pillsbury.com
Click here for directions

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
  • 1 can (16 oz) Old El Paso™ refried beans
  • 1 package (8 oz) refrigerated guacamole
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 can (2.25 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Tortilla chips, as desired

Pastrami Burgers

Recipe from thespruce.com
Click here for directions

Ingredients For Burgers:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound sliced pastrami
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • Optional: 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce

Ingredients For Russian Dressing:

  • 1 can (2.25 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Tortilla chips, as desired

Christmas Party Planning

 

Planning an effortless and whimsical Christmas party can seem stressful but with these simple tips you will be planning like a party pro.

1. Make a list

The menu is usually the most time consuming and demanding part of hosting a party. Make a list of all recipes you plan to make and the ingredients that go in it. Plan and feel free to ask your guests to bring something that will help you out.

2. Cook ahead of time

Make dishes that can either be made ahead of time or frozen and then defrosted. Do as much cooking as possible before hand or choose recipes that involve limited cooking or don’t need to be served piping hot.

3. Stock up on snacks

To be the best entertainer possible, always have extra snacks you can put out if people are hungry. Whether it be extra crackers and jarred tapenade or just an assortment of nuts, you will be glad you stocked up!

4. Keep in mind food preferences and restrictions

If you have friends or family that are vegetarians or have food allergies, be sure to be aware of those before planning your menu. Nothing will make a dinner party go south faster than someone getting sick or picking at their food. Create your menu with those needs in mind and have a variety of options. With that, here are some recipes to try at your next holiday party.

Appetizers

Whether you are having a more casual party with strictly hoer devours or you want to start out a plated meal with something delicious, here are some great options that will be sure to dazzle your guests!

Meat and Cheese Board

Tips by: theroastedroot.net

A meat and cheese board is a glorious way to create a beautiful and delicious appetizer with no cooking involved! Here are the basics that you will need:

 

  • A variety of meats and cheeses. Choose a soft cheese like brie, a hard cheese like parmesan and a stinky cheese like blue. For meats, you can do a variety of prosciutto and salami.
  • Add seasonal fruit. Some sweet fruits that pair perfectly with cheese would be strawberries, pears or grapes.
  • Jams or preserves. Choose fig or apricot to pair with cheese.
  • Add something salty. Choose mini pickles or olives since they pair great with meats such as salami.
  • Crackers and bread. These provide the perfect vehicle for stacking meat and cheese. Choose a variety of crackers and a baguette.

Stuffed Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

Recipe by: delish.com

Ingredients:

  • 20 medium white mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ small onion
  • ½ small green pepper
  • Black pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 can minced clams
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup coarsely grated mozzarella

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Separate the stems from the mushroom caps. Finely chop the stems.

2. Heat the butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, green pepper, and black pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes.

3. Add the mushroom stems and garlic and cook, stirring, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the clams and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, then the parsley, bread crumbs, and cheeses.

4. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the mushrooms in the remaining tablespoon oil and arrange stem-side up. Divide the bread crumb mixture among the caps (about 1 heaping tablespoon each) and bake until the mushrooms are golden brown and tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

Smoked Salmon Crostini

 

 

 

 

Recipe by: realsimple.com

Ingredients:

  • 24 thin slices of baguette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 ounces of smoked salmon

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 400° F. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush both sides of the bread with the oil. Bake until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

2. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, horseradish, and 1 tablespoon dill; season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

3. Dividing evenly, spread the cream cheese mixture on the toasted baguette slices. Top with the salmon and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of dill.

Main

If you are having a plated dinner here are some classic Christmas favorites.

Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham

 

 

 

 

Recipe by: wholefully.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 quarter of spiral-sliced fully cooked ham
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions:

1. Place the ham in the basin of a slow cooker.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, mustard, cloves, and water over high heat. Heat until just warm enough to dissolve the sugar. Pour the mixture over the ham, making sure to separate the slices to let the glaze get between.

3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6, basting with the cooking juices every few hours. Serve immediately, or, preheat the broiler, transfer the ham to a oven-safe dish, and pour the cooking liquid into a small saucepan. Heat cooking liquid on medium-high for 5-7 minutes, or until thick and bubbly. Brush onto ham, and broil for 4-5 minutes, removing to baste with additional glaze every minute or so.

Mushroom Risotto

 

 

 

 

Recipe by: foodnetwork.com

Ingredients:

  • 6 to 8 cups of chicken stock
  • 5 ounces dried mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 shallots
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • ½ cup white vermouth
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:

1. Heat the stock and ladle 2 cups into a medium bowl.

2. Add dried mushrooms and let soak for 20 minutes, then drain, reserving the liquid. Pour liquid through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth or paper towels to catch any grit. Add mushroom liquid back to warm stock. Keep stock heated over medium heat. Pat soaked mushrooms dry and saute in a large skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

3. Heat remaining olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until softened.

4. Add rice and cook, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add vermouth and stir until absorbed by rice.

5. Add warm mushroom stock to rice, 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly. All stock must be fully absorbed before the next cup of stock is added. After about 20 minutes, the rice should be tender but not mushy, it should have a creamy texture. Add more stock if needed.

6. Fold in Sautéed mushrooms, Parmesan, and season with salt and pepper. Let stand for a minute before serving. Sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired.

Desserts

Everyone loves something sweet to finish off the perfect meal. These two recipes are classics that everyone is sure to love!

Yule Log

 

 

 

 

Recipe by: tasteofhome.com 

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 can (16oz) milk chocolate frosting, divided
  • Large marshmallows
  • Baking cocoa

Instructions:

1. In a bowl, beat egg yolks, sugar and vanilla on high until thick and lemon-colored, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low; beat in chocolate and water until blended. Add flour and baking soda; mix well.

2. In another bowl, beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form. Fold in the chocolate mixture. Spread evenly in a greased and floured 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, sprinkle a kitchen towel with confectioners’ sugar. Invert cake onto the towel. Starting from a short end, roll up cake in the towel. Place seam side down on a wire rack to cool completely. Unroll cake; spread coconut-pecan frosting to within 1 in. of edges; roll up cake without the towel. Cut and reserve a narrow diagonal slice from each end of the cake. Reserve 2 tablespoons chocolate frosting for mushrooms. Attach diagonal cake slices with a little of the frosting to opposite sides of cake with remaining frosting. With the tines of a fork, make strokes in the frosting to resemble bark on a tree trunk.

4. For the mushrooms, half marshmallows widthwise. Flatten half of each marshmallow for cap of mushroom; roll other half between palms of hands for stem. Attach caps to stems with the reserved frosting. Dust tops of mushrooms with cocoa; place around the log.

Yield: 8 servings.

Sugar Cookies

 

 

 

 

Recipe by: delish.com

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. milk

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

2. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add flour mixture gradually until totally combined.

3. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.

4. When ready to roll, preheat oven to 350º. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out dough until 1/8” thick. Cut out shapes and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Freeze 10 minutes (so your shapes hold while baking!).

5. Bake until edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

6. Transfer to a cooling rack.

7. Once cool, frost.