So last week the hubs and I celebrated Thanksgiving here.
It was our first year with just us so we decided to keep things small! I tried to find a small turkey (yeah, oxymoron I know) since it was just the two of us but failed so I thought that duck would be a perfect main course!
And found this baby at my local Whole Foods. I did some googling and decided to try this recipe.
It turned out amazing!!!! Don’t you think??? It was really moist with that crisp skin that is so typical of duck! And did I mention it was delicious?!?
The happy face!
Oh and I made a few sides too…
I usually use my mom’s recipe but since I was trying something new I decided to use this one instead. Oh boy was it good. Let me tell you, I love a good mac and cheese! Who doesn’t, right? I would have to say that this recipe fits all the criteria – creamy, cheesy and easy to make! So this one is definitely a keeper…so go ahead and bookmark it! You will thank me!
Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf
This is something that I came up on my own and is pretty easy especially if you have a rice cooker!
|Wild Rice and Sauteed Mushroom Pilaf|| |
- 2 cups uncooked wild rice
- 3 cups chicken broth or may substitute with bullion and water
- 2 cups portobello mushrooms
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 5 chopped garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons butter
- salt and pepper
- Combine wild rice and broth in a 3-quart sauce pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to Low. Cover and simmer 50-55 minutes until rice is tender. If you have a rice cooker, follow those instructions.
- Meanwhile, slice mushrooms. Chop onions. Chop (or crush) garlic.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over Medium heat. Sauté onions 3 minutes. Stir in garlic; add mushrooms, salt and pepper. Saute 4 minutes or until mushrooms are dark and tender.
- When rice is finished cooking, toss mushroom mixture with rice and serve while hot.
For dessert I made some cake pops. I had never made these babies before but Bakerella’s tutorial seemed pretty straightforward. Well let me tell you these babies require a lot of practice!!
I started with my tried and true chocolate cake. You can find the recipe here.
Trust me!!! I would not lie to you. You don’t taste it in the cake at all. Once the cake is baked and cooled. You then start crumbling that gorgeous cake!
The crumb needs to be fine and then mixed with icing. I used a simple cream cheese icing and them rolled them into small balls.
I have never worked with candy melts before and it was a little difficult and the results were not that pretty but hey the hubby approved and said tasted delicious! Will definitely try them again…for Christmas!
How did you spend your holiday?