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Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

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Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond
Total Time: 35 min Prep: 25 min Cook: 10 min Yield: 1 sandwich, which serves 2 Level: Easy
Ingredients 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 slices sourdough sandwich bread 2 slices Swiss 1/3 cup shredded leftover roasted Thanksgiving turkey 3 tablespoons leftover cranberry sauce 1/3 cup leftover dressing 2 tablespoons leftover giblet gravy 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
Directions Spread the mustard on both slices of bread, then lay a slice of cheese on each piece. On one slice, arrange the turkey and the cranberry sauce. On the other slice, lay on the dressing and spoon the gravy over the top.
Carefully unite the two halves into one sandwich, then spread the top side of the bread with 1 tablespoon of the butter.
Invert the sandwich, butter-side down, onto a hot panini maker (or a grill pan or skillet over medium-low heat). Spread the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.
Close the panini maker and grill the sandwich until the bread is crusty and golden, the …

Crunchy Sweet Brussels Sprout Salad

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Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson
Total Time: 18 min Prep: 10 min Cook: 8 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 1 pound Brussels sprouts 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Directions Shred the Brussels sprouts by removing the core and thinly slicing. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the Brussels sprouts, nutmeg, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring, until the Brussels sprouts are bright and slightly wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the walnuts and the cranberries and toss to combine. Turn out into a serving bowl and serve warm.
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Giving Thanks and Many Thanks More...

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I was set to do my grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, big list in hand and a very little patience to go with it, but I was out and ready to get it done. I felt overwhelmed by the task of cooking and cleaning for almost two days for a meal that is consumed in 15-20 minutes, so I was anxious to finish up and get out of the store to beat the big crowds. I asked the produce clerk for fennel because there was none on the shelf, she told me that it was a bad crop and didn’t know when they were going to get a shipment in.
All of the sudden the anxiousness and lack of patience went away, there was a long mental pause that allowed a humbling thought into my head! Those poor farmers that lost their crop, I winced. Big companies aside, there are farmers who didn’t have a crop to pick, therefore not being able to make a living from that crop, and here I was worried about my salad not making it to my Thanksgiving table.I’m accustomed to having groceries I need, available at any time and neve…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Sparkling Cranberry Quencher

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Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee
Total Time: 5 min Prep: 5 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 1 orange, cut into wedges 1/4 cup sugar 2 cups cranberry juice 1 liter seltzer 4 ounces vanilla vodka, if desired
Directions In a pitcher add orange wedges and sugar. Muddle until all of the juice has been extracted from the oranges. Add the cranberry juice and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the seltzer, (and vodka if desired), and pour into glasses filled with ice.
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Parker House Rolls

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Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay
Total Time: 2 hr 45 min Prep: 20 min Inactive: 2 hr Cook: 25 min Yield: about 24 rolls Level: Intermediate
Ingredients 1 1/2 cups milk 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for brushing 1/2 cup sugar 1 package active dry yeast 1/2 cup warm water 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 6 cups all-purpose flour
Directions Watch how to make this recipe. Place milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, stir in the butter and sugar and let cool. Dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit until foamy. Combine milk mixture, eggs, yeast, salt, and 1/2 of the flour in a mixer with the dough attachment and mix until smooth. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and stir until a smooth ball forms.
Remove from the bowl and knead by hand on a floured surface for about 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 60 to 70 minutes. On a floured surface, punch down the dough and sha…

French Apple Tart

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Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Total Time: 2 hr 20 min Prep: 20 min Inactive: 1 hr Cook: 1 hr Yield: 6 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients For the pastry: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar 12 tablespoons (11/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced 1/2 cup ice water
For the apples: 4 Granny Smith apples 1/2 cup sugar 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, small diced 1/2 cup apricot jelly or warm sieved apricot jam 2 tablespoons Calvados, rum, or water
Directions For the pastry, place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse for a few seconds to combine. Add the butter and pulse 10 to 12 times, until the butter is in small bits the size of peas. With the motor running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse just until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet p…

Leaning On Those Who Empower Us...

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This past week has been tough. I’m usually the type of person who likes to be informed when senseless crimes happen around the world, I watch the news and I try to gather as much information as I can so I can process what has happened. Most of the time, I choose to hear more information that brings out fear, anger, panic, and a sense of not feeling safe. I feel blue during my ingesting times, and I can’t help to mourn for the lives lost. I laser-focus on the panic and sadness, but days later I try to find good in my life and my surroundings. After the attacks in Paris, I immediately felt a sense of sadness mixed with compassion and love for the victims and their families. And for the first time in a long time, I didn’t panic and I didn’t feel fear.
After 9/11, months went by and I couldn’t find happiness. I lived with fear, anger, panic, and extreme sadness. I’m not sure if the state of the world since 9/11 has taught me how to cope, or if maturity has kicked in and helped me process t…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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We Become What We Believe…

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The theme of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21-day MeditationExperience is Belief. I’m on day 7 -Belief Includes Mind, Body, and Spirit. The centering thought is: Belief is bringing me into wholeness. This day of meditation allowed me to see Belief in such a different way! Deepak talked about the mental habits that we create from negative experiences, these habits become deeply rooted into our existence and they don’t go away, we carry them and can’t detach from them. Deepak spoke about two ways of overcoming bad habits, the first is to form positive experiences and secondly through meditation, which allows us to stop identifying with the burden of the past. Therefore allowing us to get out of the habit of inferring to your limited self and get into the habit of inferring to your true self. He called this process, personal evolution.
Throughout my life I’ve felt trapped in my self-hating milieu—feeling unworthy of respect, time and value; continually going through situations where my belief…

Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail

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Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli
Total Time: 30 min Inactive: 20 min Cook: 10 min Yield: 4 to 6 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 1 quart apple cider 3 cinnamon sticks Knob of "bruised" fresh ginger 3 whole cloves Pinch nutmeg 1 firm red apple, such as Rome, Braeburn, Fuji or Royal Gala, washed, cored, skin-on and cut into small cubes 1 firm green apple, such as Granny Smith, washed, cored, skin-on and cut into small cubes 2 lemons, juiced 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 bottle dry Cava or other dry sparkling wine
Directions Watch how to make this recipe. In a medium pot, over medium heat, add the cider, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Stir to blend. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Reduce by half and taste for seasoning. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl add the apples, lemon juice and sugar. Toss to coat and add to the cider. Refrigerate. When ready to serve the cocktails, pour the cider and apple pieces into champagne flutes (about halfway) and top with th…

Chicken Pie

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Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood Total Time: 55 min Prep: 5 min Cook: 50 min Yield: 6 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken 2 cups chicken broth One 10-ounce can cream of chicken soup 1 cup self-rising flour 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted 1 cup buttermilk, well shaken
Directions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Put the chicken in a 2-quart casserole dish. Combine the broth and soup in a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Pour the broth mixture over the chicken.
In a separate medium bowl, mix the flour with the pepper. Stir in the melted butter and the buttermilk. Pour this mixture over the casserole and smooth the top; do not stir. Bake the casserole until the crust is brown and the filling beneath is hot and bubbly, 45 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood (c) Clarkson Potter 2008 
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Apple-Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen This is the ultimate holiday pie for those who love apple, pumpkin and pecan pie equally. There's no need to choose-our creation boasts a gooey pecan bottom, a sweet-and-tart apple edge and a creamy pumpkin center. Make it the day before and refrigerate overnight; serve at room temperature or chilled. 
Total Time: 3 hr 15 min Prep: 10 min Inactive: 1 hr Cook: 2 hr 5 min Yield: 8 servings Level: Intermediate
Ingredients Crust: Nonstick cooking spray 1 prepared pie dough round All-purpose flour for dusting 1 large egg white
Pecan Pie Filling: 1 1/3 cup pecan halves 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 large egg Fine salt
Apple Pie Filling: 3 Granny Smith apples 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
Pumpkin Pie Filling: 1 cup pure pumpkin puree 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Unsweetene…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Pumpkin Pie

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Total Time: 3 hr 30 min
Prep: 1 hr 30 min
Cook: 2 hr
Yield: 1 pie or about 8 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Dough:1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter (1 stick), diced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Flour for rolling the dough

Filling:
One 15-ounce can unsweetened pure pumpkin puree (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

DirectionsMake the dough by hand. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles yellow corn meal mixed with bean-sized bits of butter. (If the flour/butter mixture gets warm, refrigerate it for 10 minutes before proceeding.) Add the egg and stir the dough together with a fork or by hand in the bowl. If the dough is dry, sprinkle up to a tablespoon more of …

Choosing Courage Instead of Comfort

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A friend of mine posted this on Facebook: Who likes gifts? I am participating in a Secret Sister gift exchange, which is a fun way to spread holiday cheer this year. Anyone interested in joining in? It doesn't matter where you live -- you are welcome to join. I need 6 (or more!) ladies of any age to participate in a gift exchange. You only have to buy ONE gift valued at $10 or more and send it to one secret sister (you can online shop, super easy!) and you will receive 6 to 36 gifts in return. (That is a TON of gifts.) Let me know if you are interested and I will send you the information. COMMENT if you're in, and I will send you the info. My gift is already on its way!
I commented on my friend’s post, “I’m in!” She sent me a private message asking me to paste and copy the same message on my status, and hen send directions to the ladies who comment on my post. Like most people, I have hundreds of “friends” on Facebook, so there were bound to be at least six who would want to par…

Pecan-Pie Muffins

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Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Total Time: 30 min Prep: 10 min Cook: 20 min Yield: 9 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 large eggs 1 1/3 sticks butter, melted
Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper liners in 9 muffin cups and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the pecans, sugar and flour. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Add the melted butter and stir to combine. Pour the egg mixture into the well in the dry ingredients, stirring until moistened.
Spoon the batter into the cups, filling each almost full. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in a muffin, about 20 minutes.
Cook Notes: This recipe also makes great mini-muffins; just shorten the baking time by 5 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen with Trisha Yearwood (c) Clarkson Potter 2008
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Brined Herb-Crusted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

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Recipe courtesy of Anne Burrell Total Time: 53 hr Prep: 1 hr Inactive: 48 hr Cook: 4 hr Yield: 8 to 10 servings Level: Intermediate
Ingredients Brine: 7 quarts water 1 quart apple cider 3/4 cup kosher salt 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 large onion, diced 1 large or 2 small carrots, diced 3 ribs celery, diced 1 head garlic, cut in 1/2 equatorially 1/2 bunch fresh rosemary 1/2 bunch fresh sage 6 bay leaves 1 (12 to 14 pound) turkey, free range organic is great!
Herb crust: 1 bunch fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped 1 bunch fresh sage, leaves finely chopped 3 sticks butter, room temperature Kosher salt
Gravy: 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice 1 large or 2 small carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice 2 ribs celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice 4 cloves garlic, smashed 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into 1/2-inch dice 5 bay leaves 1 cinnamon stick 1 bunch thyme Kosher salt 1 quart chicken stock, divided 2 cups apple cider, divided 1/2 to 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Directions Watch how to make this recipe. Special equipment: butcher&…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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