Cranberry Orange Quick Bread Recipe

This quick bread is one of my absolute favorites to make, mostly because every time I do my husband is super happy. It’s the little things, right? I get why he loves this one though. I don’t really make it often, but when I do, it’s always like, woah this is freaking good why don’t I make this more often? It’s the perfect balance of orange and cranberry and not too sweet and it’s so perfectly moist. I know, I hate that word too – gotta better one?

I mean can you even? Just look at those cranberries and those crumbs? Right after this, I’m warming up a slice in the oven and making a cup of coffee and relaxing.

Most of the ingredients you will have on hand to whip this up, with the exception, most likely, of the buttermilk. And after about 60 minutes, you’ll have the most delightful bread to share for breakfast or brunch or – let’s be honest – not share at all!

Beef Empanadas Recipe

You didn’t think we’d talk about cocktail party recipes, like this and this, and not talk about empanadas, did you?! I wouldn’t leave you hanging like that! These empanadas have been crowd pleasers lately, especially with the aioli I shared with  you in the chicken thigh tapas post!

These empanadas use puff pastry as the shell, which give a lovely crunchy, buttery and almost sweetness to the empanadas. And there are 2 secret ingredients that make it interesting – keep reading!

Upgrading Pigs in a Blanket with Kielbasa

Being Polish, one flavor that always strikes me as the holidays is kielbasa. My grandmother always serves up kielbasa around holidays, but the from-the-butcher kind that tastes so amazing relative to the mass produced kind. So for this pigs in a blanket appetizer recipe, I encourage you to find a butcher that sells Polish kielbasa, and if you’re in the NJ-CT-NY area, get Rapacki!

We recently hosted a cocktail party before leaving for our New Years trip to Paris (!!!), and these were such a hit! You know I’m all about any opportunity to graze and these are delightful. The puff pastry adds a sweet crunch to the salty, savory kielbasa. Plus, they bake quickly (once your pastry is defrosted) and reheat well!

Spanish Tapas Chicken Thighs Recipe

Are you a grazer? I totally am, and would prefer to have snacky, appetizer-type food any day, which of course means I’m such a sucker for a cocktail party.

This chicken thigh recipe has been on repeat in our house, having made it at least 4 times for 4 different cocktail parties. I will tell you, it does work with chicken breast, but this dish is nowhere close to as good as it is when you use the chicken thighs. There’s no oil, though, so it evens out – right?

 

The flavor in this is out of this world, too. The paprika and garlic make the loveliest combination, and the chicken comes out so juicy. A little squeeze of lemon (or lime) and the fresh chopped parsley really bring a brightness to the dish. You can serve it with an aioli or sour cream or nothing at all. And don’t worry, won’t judge you for eating out of the pan.

5 Christmas Cocktails

Admittedly, I am very simple when it comes to a cocktail. If you want a solid moscow mule or a vodka + [enter whatever your 1, only 1, mixer is], I’ve definitely got you covered. Lately, I’ve been wanting to shake up our gatherings by offering one signature drink for our dinner parties. Ya know, the kind where I can memorize the ingredients, whip a drink together and make it look effortless?

Here are 5 suggestions from some of my favorite bloggers for your Christmas celebrations:

  1. Inspired By Charm’s Jingle Juice Holiday Punch

2. Cake n’ Knife’s Christmas Sangria

Gingerbread Waffles for Christmas Morning

Even as an “adult,” there is something really magical about Christmas morning. I love that slow-to-rise sleepyness that accompanies the holiday, when you don’t have to rush right out of the house for family obligations. I like that hour or two before the craziness starts to enjoy the holiday. Growing up, I always looked forward to opening my stocking while waiting for my mom to whip up Christmas morning breakfast (usually cinnamon rolls and scrambled eggs – yum).

These waffles are truly waffles for a celebration. They are decadent and they feel so elegant. And let me tell you, if someone makes you these gingerbread waffles, they most definitely love you. They’re not hard to make, I don’t want to scare you! But they have more ingredients than the typical waffle recipe, but I promise they’re worth that little extra magic they bring to the table on Christmas morning.

Butter Herb Roasted Hens for Christmas Dinner

So, I have a thing for individually-made anything. Also, I really couldn’t think of one main dish that we always have for Christmas. Turkey? Ham? As I’m over here still trying to think about what the heck our Christmas dinner traditions were growing up, I’m going to tell you all about these butter herb roasted individual hens! 

You know how I love those recipes that just fill the house with the most divine scents and this is definitely one of them. And I mean, aren’t they just the cutest little things you ever did see?!

Easy & Fragrant Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Are you thinking, “Hailey, do I really need a recipe to roast potatoes?” Uh, yes. Yes, you do. This roasted potato side dish will fill your house with the most amazing scent. Think, melted butter and garlic and herbs and just straight up deliciousness.

The secret? Melted butter, red onions, a lot of garlic, and parmesan. I could make this every single night and be perfectly content with my life.

The Greatest Cornbread Recipe of All Time

I’m not one to tout anything I make as the greatest anything of all time. Okay, maybe I’ll say “the greatest something or other I’ve ever made ever.” That I’ll do. However, this is going to be that one time exception. You’re going to want this recipe forever and ever and it will be the greatest cornbread you ever have until you go to Founding Farmers. And then it’ll be the greatest cornbread recipe you’ve ever made of all time.

I wish you could scratch and sniff your screen. I wish you could just reach in and grab this little slice of heaven.