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Apple Ginger Martini

I love making simple syrups to complement holidays. It?s an easy, entertaining way to add excitement to the bar. This Thanksgiving, I prepared an apple ginger simple syrup by steeping green apples and ginger in water and sugar. Shake a little of this syrup with some vodka, and you have a dangerously tasty holiday cocktail. … Continue reading »The post Apple Ginger Martini appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-23 16:32:04

Soft, Easy Yeast Rolls

Don?t let the idea of homemade yeast rolls intimidate you. I finally developed a recipe that turns out perfect every time and it?s ready in 3 hours. I have spent years trying to find the perfect yeast roll recipe. While my favorite recipe tastes fantastic, the dough has to ferment overnight, and I never remember … Continue reading »The post Soft, Easy Yeast Rolls appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-21 11:11:59

Pumpkin Chess Pie

I love chess bars. I was introduced to them when I lived in Mississippi. Lately, I?ve been adding the sweet, gooey chess bar topping to lots of different desserts. It?s kind of like adding ketchup to French fries or gravy to mashed potatoes. It?s that extra little touch that makes desserts that much more special. … Continue reading »The post Pumpkin Chess Pie appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-20 10:42:10

Cranberry Pepper Jelly Sauce

Kick-up your cranberry sauce with some pepper jelly. I?ve been making the same cranberry sauce recipe for years. I do not like the canned, jellied sauce, so I boil down fresh berries with sugar, add a couple of Cuties oranges and ½ cup of jelly. I?ve always added apricot and pineapple jelly, but the other … Continue reading »The post Cranberry Pepper Jelly Sauce appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-19 20:41:54

Pancetta Kale Stuffing

Face it. Thanksgiving is a brown and white starchy holiday. The table is full of bread, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese? It?s always hard to find room for something green. Sure you can make one more side dish, but it?s not that easy. Everyone wants their traditional favorites, so one more dish … Continue reading »The post Pancetta Kale Stuffing appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-19 11:31:57

Grilled Mashed Potatoes

Here?s another Thanksgiving recipe that reduces oven and stovetop time, so you have more room to cook all the other Turkey Day sides. I like to grill my turkey because it cooks faster and comes out with moist meat and crispy skin. While I?ve got the grill going, it?s super easy to add a row … Continue reading »The post Grilled Mashed Potatoes appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-18 21:32:03

Brined and Grilled Turkey

This is a time-saving, oven-saving way to make a Thanksgiving turkey. I?ve been brining my turkey for years. I usually boil a pot of water and dissolve some salt, sugar and herbs in the pot; wait for it to cool and then pour it over Tom the turkey and let it bathe for 24 hours. … Continue reading »The post Brined and Grilled Turkey appeared first on Zestuous.

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-18 12:11:44

Chefs Eric Ripert and Michael White ?Hangout? with Zestuous

I had an amazing opportunity today to join Chefs Eric Ripert and Michael White in a Google+ Hangout as part of Tasting Table?s Table for Two. Five foodies were invited to ?hangout? and ask the chefs questions as they discussed … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-14 02:31:47

Truffled Fonteenies with Saucy Mama Dijon Mustard

This grilled cheese recipe was named the 5th best grilled cheese sandwich in the world at the 2013 World Food Championships in Las Vegas Nov. 7. I competed in the ultimate food fight in downtown Vegas in the sandwich category. … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-13 11:21:44

Zestuous competes in World Food Championships

Christie competed in the Sandwich category Nov. 7 on Fremont Street. For her signature recipe, she prepared a Grilled Bacon Drippings Filet Baguette with Saucy Mama Horseradish Bacon and Asparagus Slaw. For the grilled cheese, she prepared Truffled Fontina Ciabatta … Continue reading »

Posted on Zestuous on 2013-11-08 13:41:39

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