Party Foods

Cranberry Sauce

November 22, 2012

Cranberry Sauce

I am thankful for cranberry sauce that doesn’t come out of a can. 


3/4 Cups Sugar

1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Cup Orange Juice

12 Ounces Fresh or Frozen Cranberries

2 Tablespoons Grated Orange Zest

In a medium size sauce pan combine the sugar, water and orange juice.  Bring to a boil and add the cranberries.  Bring back to a boil and then reduce the heat and gently boil for 15 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Stir in the orange zest.  Remove from the heat and cool completely.  Place in the fridge until time to serve.  Makes 2 1/4 cups. 

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake

November 21, 2012

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake

Most of us love pumpkin pie, but why not adding this delicious Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake to the Thanksgiving dessert table.


1 2/3  Cups Butterscotch Chips (Divided)

2 Cups Unbleached Flour

1 3/4 Cups Sugar

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1 Cup Pumpkin Puree

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

3 Large Eggs

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Butterscotch Sauce

Preheat your oven to 350° F.  Grease a Bundt pan.  Melt 1 cup of the butterscotch chips and then cool to room temperature.  In a medium size bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.  In a medium size bowl combine the melted butterscotch chips, pumpkin, olive oil, eggs and vanilla.  Slowly stir in the flour mixture.  Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan.  Bake for 45 minutes or until done.  Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 1/2 hour.  Remove the cake from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.  Serve with butterscotch sauce.  Serves 12

Butterscotch Sauce

1/3 Cup Evaporated Milk

2/3 Cup Butterscotch Chips

In a medium size saucepan heat the evaporated milk over a medium heat.  Bring to a gentle boil.  Remove from the heat.  Add the butterscotch chips and stir until the chips are smooth.  Return to the heat and stir constantly.  Bring to a gentle boil and then remove from the heat.  Cool to room temperature and serve over the cake. 


Thanksgiving Turkey

November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Turkey

Here is a simple recipe for roasted Thanksgiving turkey.  There are so many ways that people are cooking their Thanksgiving turkey dinners these days from deep frying to slow cooking on the barbeque.  For me the simple roasted turkey is my favorite. Remember that an unstuffed turkey will roast at approximately 15 minutes per pound in a 325° F oven. 


1 Turkey (12 to 15 Pounds)

4 Tablespoons Kosher Salt

2 Tablespoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper

8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary

1 Tablespoon Fresh Sage

1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme

1 Quartered Onion

2 Quartered Lemons

4 Cups Chicken Stock (More if Needed)

Preheat your oven to 450° F.  In a large roasting pan place a rack for the turkey to sit on.  Rinse the turkey and dry with paper towels.  Rub the turkey inside and out with kosher salt and pepper.  Mince the rosemary, sage leaves and thyme.  Put the turkey on the rack.  In a small bowl mix the butter, rosemary, sage and thyme.  The butter should be at room temperature.  Rub the butter mixture all over the top of the turkey and inside the cavity.  Place the quartered onions and lemons inside the cavity.  To prevent the wings from burning during the long cooking time make sure to tuck the tips of the wings under the turkey.  Pour 4 cups of chicken broth into the pan.  Roast the turkey, uncover, for 30 minutes.  Turn the heat down to 325° F and baste the turkey with the pan juices.  Add more chicken stock if you need to.  You will want to have at least ¼ inch of liquid in the bottom of the roasting pan.  Continue to roast the turkey, basting every 30 minutes.  Tent with foil if the skin seems to be turning too dark.  Cook for about 3 hours depending on the size of your turkey.  The juices should run clear and the thermometer should read 165° F when inserted into the thick part of the thigh (make sure not to touch the bone).  Transfer the turkey to a serving platter and let rest for 1 hour before carving.  Make sure to tent with foil while the turkey is resting.  Serves 8

Whipped Sweet Potaotes

November 16, 2012

Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes say Thanksgiving.  If you are not a fan of the usual marshmallow sweet potato casserole then try my Whipped Sweet Potatoes.  You could also substitute these potatoes for regular mashed potatoes and pour gravy all over them.  Yum!


6 Pounds Sweet Potatoes

1 Cup Whipped Cream

1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

Peel the potatoes and cut them into pieces.  Place the potatoes into a medium size pot filled with salted cold water.  Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to medium and cook for 20 minutes or until done.  The potatoes should be fork tender and not mushy.  Remove from the heat and drain the potatoes well in a colander.  Return the potatoes back to the pot.  Add the whipped cream and the butter.  Turn the heat to low and make sure the butter melts.  Add the kosher salt and smoked paprika.  With a hand mixer beat until smooth on a medium speed.  Remove from the pot and transfer to a serving bowl.  Serve warm.  Serves 8


Thanksgiving Apple Pie

November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Apple Pie

This time of year, everyone has room for a piece of pie or two.  Why limit yourself to just one?


3 Tablespoons Unbleached Flour

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Grated Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

2/3 Cup Brown Sugar

2 1/2 Pounds Tart Apples

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1 Large Beaten Egg

1 Tablespoon Warm Water

1 Tablespoon Sugar

1 Double Crust

Preheat your oven to 425° F.  Move your oven rack to the middle.  Peel and cut the apples into wedges.  In a large size bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar.  Toss the apples in with the sugar mixture.  Add the lemon juice and vanilla.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Roll out 1 piece of pastry dough on a lightly floured surface.  Roll the dough into a 13 inch round to fit into a 9 inch pie plate.  Place the dough into the pie plate. Roll out the remaining dough into the same size.  Gently pour the apple and sugar mixture into the pie shell.  Dot with the 2 tablespoons of butter.  Cover with the remaining rolled out dough and crimp the edges.  In a small size bowl whisk together the beaten egg and warm water.  Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash.  Sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon sugar and place the pie onto a baking sheet.  Put into the oven for 20 minutes and then turn the heat down to 375° F and bake for another 45 minutes.  The pie should be golden and the filling should be bubbling away.  Remove from the oven and set to cool for 2 hours.  Serve warm.  Serves 8

Cranberry Chutney

November 13, 2012

Cranberry Chutney

We all want to enjoy a fabulous stress-free Thanksgiving dinner.  Tiny New York Kitchen has you covered with recipes for turkey, side dishes and dessert.  This Cranberry Chutney is wonderfully fresh tasting unlike its canned cousin that most of us grew up on. 


2 Pounds Fresh Cranberries

2 Large Diced Navel Oranges With Juice

1/2 Cup Water

2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

3/4 Cup Sugar

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Minced Fresh Ginger

Peel the oranges and remove all of the white parts.  While you are dicing the oranges do it over a bowl so that you are able to keep the juice from the oranges.  In a large saucepan add the cranberries and water.  Cook over a medium heat and add the juice from the orange.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  You will want the cranberries to pop.  Add the maple syrup, sugar, brown sugar, ginger and diced oranges. Cook for another 7 minutes.  Remove from the heat and transfer into a serving bowl and serve warm.  Makes 5 cups

Tomato & Basil Pizza

November 12, 2012

Tomato & Basil Pizza

You can substitute unbleached flour for semolina flour. The best way to put the pizzas in the oven is with a pizza peel which is a flat, shovel like tool. Prepare the pizza on the peel and with a firm flick of the wrist, slide the pizza onto a preheated pizza pan.


For The Dough:

1 Cup Water (About 110° F)

1/2 Teaspoon Sugar

1 Envelope Active Dry Yeast – 2 1/4 Teaspoons

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Olive Oil For The Bowl & Brushing

1 1/2 Cup Unbleached Flour Plus More For Working

1 Cup Semolina Flour Plus More For Dusting

2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

For The Sauce:

28 Ounces Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes With Juice

3 Minced Garlic Cloves

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Chopped Shallots

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

For The Toppings

12 Ounces Sliced Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

1 Sliced Tomato

1 Cup Pitted Olives

2 Tablespoons Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

12 Fresh Basil Leaves

To make the dough, pour the water into a bowl.  Add the sugar and yeast.  Stir until the yeast has dissolved.  Let the yeast mixture stand for five minutes until foamy.  Add the oil, flours and salt.  Mix with an electric mixer until all of the ingredients are combined.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead a few times with floured hands until smooth and elastic.  Transfer the dough to a large oiled bowl and turn to coat.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft free, place for about 3 hours and the dough has doubled in size.  You can also let the dough rise in the refrigerator overnight if you wish. 

To make the sauce, place the tomatoes in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.  Set aside.  Put the garlic and oil into a saucepan and cook over a medium high heat for 40 seconds or until the garlic sizzles.  Add the shallots and cook for 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat to a medium low.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.  The sauce may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Preheat your oven to 450 F.  Preheat a pizza pan.  Punch down the dough and transfer to a floured work surface.  Divide the dough in half.  Set half of the dough aside and cover with plastic wrap.  Roll out the remaining dough to 12 inches round.  You will want your dough to be 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  Sprinkle the pizza peel with semolina flour and place the rolled dough on top.  Brush the top of the dough lightly with olive oil.  Spread with 1/2 cup sauce, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Top with half of the sliced tomatoes and basil. Top with half of the mozzarella.  Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan and season with pepper. 

Slide the pizza onto the heated pan in the oven.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the dough is golden and the cheese is bubbling.  Meanwhile repeat the process with the remaining dough.  Let each pizza cool slightly.  Cut into slices and serve.  Makes 2 pizzas. 

Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats

November 9, 2012

Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats

Here’s a fall twist on Rice Krispie Treats.  The gingerbread marshmallows are what give these treats a nice gingerbread taste without being too overpowering.  If you can’t find the gingerbread marshmallows at your local grocery store you can order them from Amazon.  My Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats are sticky to make, but you’ll have fun licking your fingers!


1/4 Cup Butter

1 (10 ounces – approx 40) package Gingerbread Marshmallows

6 Cups Rice Krispie Cereal

In a large saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter over low heat.  Next, add the gingerbread marshmallows and continue to stir until the marshmallows have completely melted.  Remove from heat and stir in the cereal – coating them well with the melted marshmallow mixture.  Using a silicone spatula, press the mixture evenly into a 13x9x2 inch pan which has been greased or lined with parchment paper.  Cut into squares when the mixture cools.  Makes approximately 24 squares. 

Pork Enchiladas

November 8, 2012

Pork Enchiladas

Now that the election is over how about whipping up some hearty pork enchiladas.  These babies are delicious. 


1 Bunch Cilantro

1 Cup Sour Cream

7 Ounces Jalapeno Salsa

7 Ounces Prepared Green Chile Salsa

2 Pounds Cooked & Shredded Boneless Pork Chops

1 Diced Onion

12 Six Inch Flour Tortillas

4 Cups Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Preheat your oven to 350° F.  To make the sour cream mixture puree the cilantro, sour cream, jalapeno salsa and 3 1/2 ounces green chile salsa in either a food processor or blender.  Set aside.  To make the pork mixture combine the shredded pork, diced onion and remaining green chile salsa in a large size bowl.  Mix well.  Pour enough of the sour cream mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish to coat the bottom.  Place 3 heaping tablespoonfuls of the pork mixture inside each tortilla, roll up and place seam side down in the baking dish.  Pour the remaining sour cream mixture over the top.  Place the shredded cheese on top and cover the dish tightly with foil.  Bake for 30 minutes or until the dish is heated through and bubbling.  Remove from the oven and serve hot.  Serves 6

Mary Todd Lincoln Cake

November 6, 2012

Mary Todd Lincon Cake

Mary Ann Todd Lincoln (December 13, 1818 to July 16, 1882) was born to a large wealthy Kentucky family.  Born in Lexington, Kentucky as the fourth of seven children, Mary was raised in comfort and refinement as well as well educated. Mary was sent at an early age to attend a finishing school owned by Madame Mantelle, where the curriculum concentrated on French and literature.  She learned to speak French fluently, studied dance, drama, music and social graces.  By the age of 20 she was regarded as witty and gregarious, with an interest in politics. Mrs. Lincoln suffered from migraine headaches and may have actually had bipolar disorder.  She supported her husband throughout his presidency and was next to him when he was fatally shot. 

Here is the famous Lincoln cake recip.  Mrs. Lincoln apparently made this vanilla almond cake for him while they were courting and during their time in the White House. 


1 Cup Almonds

1 Cup Butter

1 1/2 Cups Sugar

2 1/4 Cups Unbleached Flour

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 1/3 Cups Milk

6 Egg Whites

Pinch of Salt

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Powdered Sugar


Preheat your oven to 375° F.  Grease and flour two 9 inch round layer cake pans or one Bundt cake pan.  Grind the almonds into course flour in a food processor.  Cream the butter and sugar in a medium size bowl until fluffy.  Sift the flour and baking powder to mix them together in a separate bowl.  Fold the dry flour mix into the creamed butter mix. Alternate with the milk until well blended.  Stir in the almond powder and mix thoroughly.  In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.  Add a pinch of salt.  Add the vanilla and gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a rubber spatula.  Pour the batter into the pans or the Bundt pan and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool for 20 minutes before turning the cakes out of their pans.  Allow to completely cook before serving.  If you are making layer cake then use jam for the filling.  Sift powdered sugar on top.  Serves 12

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