The Holidays have finally arrived! There are so many things we can give “Thanks” for this year; family, health, business and friends, but all of us here at Image wanted to take a moment to reflect on one of the most important parts of the holiday season… the food!
Pull up a seat at our table and find some inspiration this year… before fading off into that tryptophan coma…
Dena Howell’s Caramel Apple Martini
- Butterscotch Schnapps
- Green Apple Pucker
- Crushed Ice
Drizzle a martini glass with caramel, mix in a shaker 2 oz Vodka, 1 oz butterscotch schnapps & 1 oz pucker with the ice, shake and pour, garnish with a slice of apple.
Diana Mueller’s Quick & Yummy Mashed Potatoes
The taste of homemade mashed potatoes without all the work!
- 2 packages Costco Mashed potatoes – cooked to package directions
- ½ stickof Butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Garlic Salt to taste
- 8 oz. chive cream cheese
- Fresh Parsley
Combine all of the ingredients above and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.
Paul Church’s Wild Rice Cranberry Stuffing
(courtesy: Woman’s Day)
My wife Zaleen and I make this every year – it’s a hit with our hodgepodge of guests!
Scott Cornelius’ Sweet Potato Chipotle Gratin
(courtesy: Sunset Magazine)
This is one of our family’s favorites. Enjoy!
Kelly Kucera’s Almost Famous Pumpkin Bread
I devised this recipe while watching the movie, Almost Famous, hence its namesake!
- 1 stick unsalted butter (melted)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup dark rum (Captain Morgan)
- 1 can pumpkin puree (Libby’s)
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. allspice
- 1 tsp. cloves
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- ½ tsp. ginger
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 cups flour
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 375°. Melt butter in microwave. Add sugar and mix until combined. Add eggs, vanilla, milk, rum and pumpkin and mix until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk together to remove any lumps.
Add flour mixture to wet ingredients a little at a time, mixing throughout. Grease a 9×5” loaf pan with butter, including all sides and bottom. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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