Christmas Traditions: December 24 to January 7 and in Between!

The second of the December Festivals of Light this month is Christmas on December 25; in Orthodox Christianity it’s celebrated on January 7, observing Christ’s birth according to the Julian calendar. But, did you know that in many cultures, Christmas Eve is a celebratory holiday as well, complete with unique foods and traditions? For all […]


Traditional Meatloaf

Ingredients: 1-1/2 LBS ground beef 1 egg 3/4 cups dry oatmeal, quick 1/2 cup diced onion 3/4 cups milk 1-1/4 TSP salt 1/4 TSP pepper Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup 2 TBSP brown sugar 1 TBSP prepared yellow mustard To Make: Mix oatmeal, meat, egg, milk, onion, salt and pepper together. Press into loaf pan. Mix […]

Kale Chicken Pasta

Ingredients: 1 pound of your favorite pasta 3 boneless chicken breasts 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 4 cloves garlic, finely minced 3/4 cups white wine 3/4 cups chicken broth 1 bunch kale 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved To Make:  Prepare pasta. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet. Cut chicken into nite […]

Baked Lemon Gin Wings

Ingredients: 4 pounds chicken wings 1 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup gin Zest and juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper To Make:  Preheat oven to 425. Whisk together all ingredients and toss with wings to coat well. Place in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for […]

Blue Cheese Apple Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients: 2 boneless chicken breast halves 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped 1/3 cup apple cider 1/3 cup chicken broth Olive oil Salt, pepper, and paprika To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. Cut a 3-inch slit in to each chicken breast half. Combine the blue cheese, chopped apple, and parsley […]

Spicy Grilled Chicken

Ingredients: 3 pounds boneless chicken breasts/thighs 1 cup roasted cashews 1 cup fresh cilantro 4 garlic cloves 2 jalapenos, seeded 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 cup grapeseed oil Salt and pepper To Make: Add cashews, cilantro, garlic, jalapenos, brown sugar, lime juice, and oil to a food processor and pulse until […]

Cilantro Marinated Grilled Chicken

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh cilantro 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 2 pounds chicken thighs/breasts, boneless and skinless To Make: In a blender, place the cilantro, garlic, and oil, and process until smooth. Add cilantro mix, and chicken, to a large zip-top bag. Combine well and place in the refrigerator for at […]

Cilantro Pesto

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh cilantro 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup toasted walnuts or pine nuts 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated Salt and pepper To Make: In a blender or food processor, pulse the cilantro, garlic, and nuts a few times. Then, with the blade running, slowly add in the […]

Feta Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients: 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed 4 cloves garlic, finely minced Dried oregano 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped 1/2 cup white wine Juice and zest of 1 lemon 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 1 pound linquini, or other pasta Olive oil To Make: Bring a pot […]

Mocha Steak

Ingredients: 1 1/2 – 2 pound flank steak 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tablespoons ground coffee 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Olive oil Kosher salt To Make: Rub the steak liberally with the oil, then season lightly with the salt and pepper. Combine the cocoa powder, coffee, and cinnamon, then firmly press in to all […]