Turkey Stuffing and Broccoli Hotdish

Turkey, Broccoli Stuffing Hotdish

Turkey, Broccoli Stuffing Hotdish

Instead of all of the traditional dishes and side dishes for our Christmas buffet I tried quite a few new ones.  We celebrated the holiday on Christmas Day instead of Christmas Eve.  I had an extra day to prepare foods ahead of time and that was a relief.  We had several frozen turkeys in the freezer and I wanted to use one for a cozy casserole-type dish.  It would be traditional in an informal way.
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Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Vinaigrette

I love a fruity vinaigrette on salads and having strawberries on hand, it was time to try a strawberry vinaigrette.  We love the blueberry vinaigrette I sometimes make and definitely loved the rhubarb vinaigrette I tried a few years ago.  I should make that again soon.  Even lime and orange vinaigrettes have been successful in the castle, adding citrus to the list of tasty salad toppings.  I even made a pecan vinaigrette that was super tasty! Continue reading

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

I’m the woman who loves to eat cucumbers for snacks late at night. Peeled and sliced, they’re my idea of a midnight snack. Not chocolate, not chips, I want cold slices of fresh cucumber. I also slice them into lettuce or spinach salads, or diced them into chicken or crab salad for sandwiches. Dipped in guacamole might be my favorite way of taking them a step up. The other day I wanted to use them to make a dressing for a salad for dinner. I wanted to keep it healthy and lower in calories. Continue reading