Martha Stewart’s Turmeric and Lemon “Tea”

Here’s a little recipe from Martha Stewart that should soothe the throat and relax the nerves.  A cup of tea helps any situation, right?

Homemade Turmeric and Lemon Tea

Recipe photo courtesy of Aaron Dyer

Yield: 1 Quart

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Peel (without pith) of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch of cayenne

 

Directions: 

  1. Bring the ingredients to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat; steep, covered, until the liquid cools to room temperature.
  3. Strain and reheat to serve.

 

The brews can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 

 

Bacon Cheese Wreath

Recipe by Taste of Home contributor Lisa Carter of Warren, Ind. 

“My grandmother makes this smoky bacon and Parmesan spread for parties and holiday get-togethers. For a pretty yuletide presentation, decorate you cream cheese wreath with parsley and pimientos”. —Lisa Carter

Bacon Cheese Wreath

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients: 

 

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions, optional
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Parsley sprigs and diced pimientos, optional
  • Assorted crackers

 

Directions: 

  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and onions if desired. Stir in bacon. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  2. Invert a small bowl in the center of a serving platter. Drop cream cheese mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls around edge of bowl. Remove bowl. Smooth cream cheese mixture, forming a wreath. Garnish with parsley and pimientos if desired.
  3. Serve with crackers.

 

 

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 87 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

 

Originally published as Bacon Cheese Wreath in Country Woman Christmas 2002

 

Grandma K’s Turkey Gravy Recipe

Here’s a stress-free recipe that’ll impress Grandma herself! Seasonings and a shallot add wonderful flavor` to this velvety gravy, which tastes just as good the next day. —Jesse Klausmeier, Burbank, California

 

Grandma K's Turkey Gravy

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 2 cups (approx. 16 servings)

Ingredients:

  • Reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Directions: 

  1. Pour drippings into a 2-cup measuring cup. Skim fat, reserving 1/4 cup. Add enough broth to the drippings to measure 2 cups.
  2. Saute shallot in reserved fat in a small saucepan. Stir in the flour, salt, onion powder, poultry seasoning and pepper until blended; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until browned (do not burn). Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

 

Originally published as Grandma’s Turkey Gravy in Simple & Delicious October/November 2012, p46

Southern Corn Bread Dressing Recipe

Southern Corn Bread Dressing

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 10 Servings

Ingredients: 

  • 8 cups coarsely crumbled corn bread
  • 4 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • Turkey giblets, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups chicken broth

 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first 10 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk eggs and broth. Add to bread mixture; stir until moistened.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned and a thermometer inserted in the center reads 160°.

 

Originally published as Southern Corn Bread Dressing in Simple & Delicious October/November 2010, p51

Fast & Creamy Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Yield: 2-3/4 cup or 22 Servings

Creamy Buttermilk Salad dressing

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. buttermilk
  • 2 c. (16 ounces) 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine the buttermilk, cottage cheese and salad dressing mix; cover and process for 20 seconds or until smooth.
  2. Pour into a small pitcher or bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir before serving with salad.

 

Nutritional Facts
2 tablespoons (calculated without greens a: 23 calories, 1g fat (0.550g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 fat-free milk

 

 

 

Originally published as Buttermilk Salad Dressing in Light & Tasty October/November 2001, p29

Homemade Chicken Tenders with Everything Bagel Seasoning over Salad

“Using everything bagel spice is a quick way to season and add extra crunch to breadcrumbs for chicken tenders. If you can’t find any premixed, make your own by combining equal parts dried minced onion and garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, salt and ground pepper. This healthy chicken recipe tops a simple salad for an easy dinner that’s ready in 25 minutes.”

Ingredients:

    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 large egg
    • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
    • 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning
    • 1 pound chicken tenders
    • ¼ cup grapeseed or canola oil
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
    • 5 ounces mixed baby greens

Directions:

  1. Place flour in a shallow dish and lightly beat egg in another shallow dish. Mix breadcrumbs and everything bagel seasoning in a third shallow dish. Dredge chicken tenders in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.
  2. Heat grapeseed (or canola) oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F, about 7 minutes total, adjusting the heat as needed to prevent burning.
  3. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey and pepper in a large bowl. Add greens and toss to coat. Serve the greens topped with the chicken.

 

 

Cranberry Brie Appetizer — Your Homebased Mom

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