A round-up of our favorite, holiday appetizers that are perfect for easy entertaining!
Whether you're hosting a large crowd or having some friends for dinner, we have all kinds of ideas for easy, make-ahead, holiday appetizers. Sometimes when you're making a really nice meal, you might want something light to serve as an appetizer. The Maple Glazed Pecans and Parmesan Crisps are perfect ...Read More →
These one-bowl, no-mixer Thanksgiving Shortbread Cookies are perfect for snacks, gifts and entertaining. Each one is a work of art!
I made these Thanksgiving Shortbread Cookies for our grandchildren while Scott and I were in Memphis last week. The kids loved the buttery, festive cookies and literally gobbled them up (like little turkeys!). I saved (hid) a few to take to school for Luke's ...Read More →
This super easy way to remove pomegranate seeds is amazing! And it takes less than a minute for a whole pom - no fuss, no mess, no water!
If you've ever felt intimidated by pomegranates, this post is for you! This easy way to remove pomegranate seeds technique totally eliminated my fear of the beautiful, crimson fruit.Sometimes people ask me, “Do you ever get tired of ...Read More →
From traditional family favorites to new twists on the classics, here are The Café's favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving!
When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, our family likes to mix old with new. Despite our penchant for variety, there is always turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing. Other must-haves are Nanny's Cranberry Salad and delicious homemade rolls. The rest of our ...Read More →
This make-ahead, Homemade Manicotti is beyond delicious with an Italian sausage marinara and tender melt-in-your-mouth pasta.
Homemade Manicotti with homemade pasta? Yes! Before you click out of this post (probably quite certain this recipe is too complicated and/or time-consuming), hear me out! If you can make pancakes, you can make this delicious, melt-in-your-mouth tender manicotti ...Read More →
Combining sweet potatoes, butternut squash and maple syrup, this healthy, make-ahead sweet potato casserole wows everyone!
I love how traditional Thanksgiving feasts vary tremendously from family to family, as well as from one area of the country to another. While I was preparing this sweet potato casserole, I thought back to a time when I wasn't aware of this wonderful melting pot of ...Read More →
Now’s the time to stock your freezer for entertaining. There will be lots less stress when the holidays roll around!
Hosting family and friends for the holidays? Let us help! Just think how wonderful it would be to have a freezer stocked full of delicious food ready to ease you through the holiday hosting season.Start preparing now, and relieve yourself of some of the stress ...Read More →
These Easy Homemade Caramel Apples taste a hundred times better than anything you can buy. Make a dozen apples in less than an hour!
If you haven't made caramel apples this fall, RUN to the store and pick up a bag of apples and a carton of cream. Then click on the recipe below for Easy Homemade Caramel Apples and start cooking! In less than an hour, you'll have a dozen of the prettiest, ...Read More →
These six soup recipes are our easiest, most delicious and most pinned soups. So perfect for chilly days when you need a bit of warm comfort!
It's time! Yes, pull out that big pot and make one (or more) of these super satisfying soup recipes!Fall has been slow to arrive here in the North Carolina mountains. We had an unusually warm September and early October, but now I see it ...Read More →
This Mexican Sugar-Seared Salmon Salad is one of our favorite meals ever. Use the easy, healthy salmon recipe in lots of other ways too!
I probably should have told you about this Mexican Sugar-Seared Salmon sooner... um, let me rephrase that; I definitely should have told you about this before now. But, better late than never - so here you go!We've enjoyed variations of this ...Read More →
Exactly as the title says, this Rosemary Balsamic Salad Dressing goes with everything. It's delicious drizzled on salads, veggies, entrees, etc!
Have you ever had an accident turn into something wonderful? That's the story of this Rosemary Balsamic Salad Dressing!Several weeks ago, I planned to serve a salad for dinner, dressed with my Zoe's Copycat Dressing. Zoe's dressing is ...Read More →
These Ridiculously Easy Cider-Glazed Apple Scones are buttery, flaky, and studded with bits of tender apple. They're also ridiculously good!
Guess what? Ridiculously Easy just got easier! If you follow The Café you might remember some of our other ridiculously easy recipes. They belong to a series of crazy easy, never-fail recipes that are perfect for uncomplicated yet company-worthy ...Read More →