Tailgating Tuesdays--Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo is probably one of my all-time favorite meals when the weather starts to cool.  It is so hearty and full of flavor.  It's also the perfect party food. One pot feeds so many.  Usually when we are having a party I make a pot of this Seafood Gumbo and a pot of my Sausage & Chicken Gumbo.  I serve both with rice, potato salad (if you like), and french bread.

Our Thanksgiving Menu and The Best Wines to Pair with Your Meal

I'm so excited about our Thanksgiving Meal this year.  We are keeping it very simple since we are a small group.  I'm trying a few new recipes, but staying with some of our family favorites. (As I look at this menu, I only have two recipes shared here.  I will definitely try to remedy this soon.  You can find the Roasted Rosemary Cashews and the Sparkling Apple Cider Pomegranate Cocktail in my recipe index.)

I'm also pairing a few different wines with our meal.  I'm definitely not an expert at this, but I absolutely love researching and pairing the flavors of our meal with a few delicious wines.

Holiday Wishlist for the Cocktail Enthusiast

As a fellow cocktail enthusiast, I always love cocktail inspired gifts.  I've got a great gift guide ready for you from inexpensive gold foil straws to a beautiful Waterford Whiskey Decanter.  Buying for the cocktail enthusiast is so much fun.  Just make sure they make you one of the fabulous cocktails. You are getting them a gift afterall.

1) Drinks by the Dram Boutique-y Gin Advent Calendar 2)Match Pewter Mixing Glass & Cocktail Strainer Set 3)Cocktail Codex 4)Agate Moscow Mule Mug 5)Gold Foil Straws 6)Waterford Lismore Revolution Lead Crystal Decanter 7)Homemade Gin Kit 8)Smoking Box and Handheld Smoker 9)Hammered Copper Cocktail Shaker and Bar Tools Set

Happy Gift Giving!!



Happy Hour--Cranberry Cider Pecan Mules

Thanksgiving is almost here and I've got one more delicious cocktail for your holiday celebrations.  I used yummy apple cider, tart cranberry juice, tasty Cat Head Pecan Vodka, and a splash of ginger ale.  So technically this is not a regular Moscow Mule, but I loved this cocktail served in these copper mugs.  So festive.

Our Thanksgiving Table

Every Thanksgiving I try to change my table up a bit. Some years I keep it casual.  This year we're having a very small gathering so I thought that I would go all out and use the fancy dishes.  I absolutely love using our china, crystal, and silver.  I also love incorporating in a few beautiful antique pieces.  (Warning--this post is picture heavy, I just couldn't decide on my favorite view.)

Holiday Wishlist to for the Foodie

One of the great joys in life is enjoying a good meal with friends and family.  But selecting a gift for the gourmand in your life can be difficult.  Here I've selected a few of my favorites that every foodie will be sure to love.

1)  Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet 2) Dean & Deluca Black Truffle Honey. 3) Leif Pink Marble Serving Board  4)Porcini Mushroom Oven Baked Risotto.  5)Butcher Box. 6)Crate & Barrel Chalkboard Cheese Markers.   7)Adopt an Olive Tree Gift Box and Subscription  8)Small-Batch Quarterly Hot Sauce Subscription.  9)Cajun Caviar

Happy Gift Giving!!



Tailgating Tuesday--Sweet Onion Crack Dip

A few years ago I made this dip for my company Christmas Party and everyone went a little crazy for it. Even 4 years later, my coworkers still ask me about this dip.  This dip is one the easiest thing ever to make.  Only a few ingredients and you've got a definite crowd pleaser.