Thursday, December 31, 2020
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Wasn't it a great Christmas? Likely it was a bit different from your normal celebration - not better or worse but different. And hopefully you made some wonderful memories. I sure did.
And now, maybe you have some gift cards to spend, or just enjoy a leisurely morning of sipping and scrolling. Here are some tips on the day-after-Christmas sales. Yes, it's a real thing.
Today, not only should you be thinking about stockpiling some wrapping paper, or cards, or other holiday items that will be deeply slashed by the retailers but consider your home and especially the kitchen. Not only can you find great on-line deals for the most used room of your house - you can also find potential shower gifts, birthday presents, and maybe even stash away a few items for next Christmas season.
For the full list of sale ideas for your shopping pleasure today, click here.
Enjoy this day and the remainder of the holiday season. Wishing you joy and happiness from the Fed Well kitchen!
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Not sure yet what to cook and serve? The key to the best side dishes is to put a twist on a classic you already know your family loves!
Love Cesar salad? Grill the romaine first. Or replace it entirely with shredded brussels spouts.
Love broccoli? Try broccolini with a little olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Big fans of barbecue sauce? Don't save it for meat - try tossing roasted brussels sprouts in it and cook a bit longer for Cowboy Sprouts. (Plus, this hides the green color we all know some kids object to when they reject vegetables.)
Try the same method but substitute buffalo sauce for the barbecue and use with broccoli or cauliflower.
For complete recipes and more detailed how-to's click here.
However you are spending this Christmas holiday, I hope you take the time to prepare a few dishes you love and are feeling Fed Well.
Monday, December 21, 2020
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Thursday, December 10, 2020
The one thing we all have in common this holiday season is it is pretty likely we are experiencing some kind of change. We cling to the traditions we can safely keep but maybe we are not gathering in as large numbers as we have in years past. This could also mean menu changes simply due to down sizing.
Ham seems to really be a popular Christmas main dish and while yes, you can just buy a smaller version and cut back on the number of side dishes - it may be the perfect time to try something a little different. Maybe pork chops with cheery cherry sauce would be a great swap for you and your family or friends.
What you need:· 4 – 6 pork chops (many prefer bone in)
· Olive or vegetable oil
· Salt and Pepper
· Garlic powder
· Onion powder
· Paprika 1. Mix 1 tablespoon each garlic powder, onion powder and paprika in a small bowl.
2. Heat 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and let pan warm.
3. Rub seasonings on pork chops and place in heated pan. Let sear and brown for 4 – 5 minutes untouched.
4. Flip and cook an additional 4 minutes (if chops are very thick allow extra cooking time on each side or place chops in a 350-degree oven for a few minutes to finish cooking at the center).
5. Remove chops and set aside.
6. Use the same pan the chops were cooked in for the cherry sauce without cleaning the pan.
What you need:· 2 cups fresh or frozen sweet cherries, pitted and stemmed
· 1 cup red wine a bit sweet/fruity (port would also work)
· 3 tablespoons butter
· 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
· Pinch of kosher salt
1. After cooking pork tenderloin, chops, or roast, remove meat to rest and use the same pan to make the cherry sauce.
2. On medium heat, add the cherries, red wine, thyme, and salt while stirring pan juices and scraping up bits of pork to incorporate in the sauce.
3. Let simmer approximately ten minutes until sauce reduces and deepens.
4. Add butter one tablespoon at a time to add depth of flavor and silky mouth feel as well as a beautiful glossiness.
I am looking forward to a small gathering of our closest family for Christmas. I will be lucky to see my grandson who is just starting to be old enough to appreciate that something special is happening but he can't quite put his finger on it. Every time we are able to be together is magic and we make sure everyone is Fed Well.
For more Christmas menu ideas - check out my post on the Zulily blog by clicking here.