Jayne’s Top 10 Holiday Appetizers

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Happy Holidays! As you know, I absolutely LOVE this time of the year. There are so many wonderful traditions, tons of beautiful decorations and of course, great food to try! Here’s my Top 10 Holiday Appetizer Recipes for you to enjoy with your family and friends during this Holiday Season.

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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It’s March 10th and I’m just counting the days until spring. I love Minnesota winters but enough is enough, bring on spring!  In one week it’s time to celebrate St. Patty’s Day and what is this celebration without Corned Beef and Cabbage?  I may not be Irish but I love an excuse to prepare this delicious entrée. I didn’t know much about Corned Beef a few years ago because I thought it was something technical to make.  This is so not true and is probably one if the easiest recipes.

Corned Beef is traditionally the brisket that is cured in a brine solution along with various seasonings, and then slowly simmered until it’s tender and flavorful. It is best cooked by slow, moist-heat cooking. A good corned beef is tender with a delicious salty flavor. The brine for making corned beef is similar to the brine used for making pickles.

Whether you are simply making corned beef sandwiches or the classic corned beef and cabbage, it’s important that you always slice the corned beef against the grain.

When I purchased the corned beef there are two kinds to choose from, either Flat Cut or Point Cut.  The Point Cut has a little more fat than the flat. The higher fat content the brisket will produce a moister corned beef.

This is how easy it was for me to do.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Serves: 6
  • 3.5 lbs. Corned Beef Brisket & Seasoning Packet included with brisket
  • 1 Onion, cut into wedges
  • 10 Baby Red Potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 16 Oz. Baby Carrots, cut into chunks
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 Small Head of Cabbage, cut into wedges
  1. Place the onion, potatoes and carrots in a 5-quart slow cooker.
  2. Pour water over vegetables along with the brine from the Corned Beef.
  3. Place Corned Beef Brisket over vegetables and sprinkle seasoning packet on top of brisket.
  4. Place cabbage on top.
  5. Cover and cook on low until meat and vegetables are tender and internal temperature of brisket reaches 145°F, for approximately 8-9 hours.

If you are lucky enough to have leftovers shred the brisket because they make perfect hot or cold sandwiches the next day.  Enjoy….I did!

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Greek Avgolemono Soup – A Lemony Treat

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One of our neighbors recently commented that we are the cultural mutts of the community and that we seem to have the most fun with all our ethnicities. Although I married a full-blooded Polish man, I have at least a dozen countries of origin in my blood. Along with heritage comes tradition, and we love to sample them all.

Technically, I don’t have any Greek in my bloodlines, but we do have a strong Greek influence. My aunt married a man who was 100% Greek and growing up, our families spent a lot of time together. My Greek uncle’s mother, Grandma Nikki (Nicoleta) had a beautiful strong accent, a round tummy, and the sunniest attitude around. She passed away a few years ago, but not before making a lasting impact on my taste buds.

Grandma Nikki introduced me to Dolmades, which are grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, dill, mint, and lemon, as well as moussaka, which is sort of like an eggplant and potato lasagna. My very favorite Greek dish is a refreshing soup called Avgolemono (Avgo for short). During these cold winter days, it’s my absolute favorite comfort food. Some people make it with rice, others with orzo.

Greek Avgolemono Soup
  • 6 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1-2 Cups Cooked Orzo (cooked for 7-9 minutes, then drained)
  • 1 Lb. Skinless Chicken Breast, cooked, shredded or diced
  • ½ t. Lemon Zest
  • Juice from one Lemon
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • Fresh Parsley for garnish
  • Dash Nutmeg for garnish
  1. In a 5-quart pot, combine the chicken stock and orzo, then bring it to a simmer.
  2. Add the shredded chicken breast and lemon zest.
  3. Let this cook 5-8 minutes.
  4. Beat the egg yolks in a bowl.
  5. Whisking constantly, add the lemon juice to the yolks.
  6. You will need to temper the yolks before you add the egg-lemon mixture to the soup. It takes both hands to do this, so with one hand, whisk the egg-lemon mixture vigorously. With the other hand, slowly pour in a ladle of hot broth while you whisk.
  7. Turn the heat off the soup.
  8. Whisk the soup with one hand while you pour the hot egg-lemon mixture in with the other.
  9. Serve at once, garnished with parsley and a sprinkle of nutmeg.


2014 Memory Jar

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Happy New Year!
2013 has come to an end, where did that year go? Camping, scrapbooking, crafting and family fun filled my year, but do you think I can remember those specific things that made it so wonderful? Let’s face it, we are busy people and sometimes it is hard to remember all of the amazing things that we have done in the past year; the funny things the grandkids have said, the sweet things your husband did, the silly activities that made you smile. So is born the 2014 Memory Jar!

Step One

Grab a Mason Jar, or any other container about that size, and make it pretty! Click here to use the 2014 art that I used on my jar!

Step Two

Click here and print Memory Slips and cut them into strips

Step Three

Display your jar, slips and pen in your home.

Step Four

Start making memories, write them down and save them in your jar.

The best part will be sitting with your family this Christmas and reading your memory slips. You will laugh and maybe cry. But you will create a tradition that I hope will be a part of your family for a long time to come. Enjoy!

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