Category: Holiday Recipes

Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

This cornbread is my all time favorite version. Cooking cornbread in a cast iron skillet leaves a tender center, and a crunchy crispy outside crust. Adding a little sugar to the recipe bumps up the sweetness and brings out all the wonderful magical flavors of the cornbread. Requires a 9-12” cast iron skillet. If you […]

Mile High Oreo and Chocolate Mousse Pie

Holy decadence batman. This monstrosity is full of homemade chocolate mousse, crushed Oreos and topped with homemade whipped cream and more Oreos!

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is my favorite holiday pie. Similar in flavor to the classic pumpkin pie, but much lighter in weight. This lightness translates to a much more enjoyable experience when eating the pie. But don’t blame me if you eat the whole thing in one sitting!

Ricotta Cheesecake

A delightful Italian twist on the classic cheesecake. Instead of a big and heavy cheesecake you end up with a light and delightfully refreshing cheesecake that has you going back for another bite everytime. Makes two cheesecakes.

Aunt Myrna’s Fudge

This is my Great Aunt Myrna’s fudge recipe. It has been served at Christmas parties in my family since time immemorial. Sweet, decadent, and utterly addictive. I offer my favorite version here with cherries and toasted pecans.

Corned Beef and Colcannon Recipe

Corned beef and colcannon is a traditional meal eaten in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This salty, savory dish is highlighted by its use of salted beef, boiled in a pot until tender. While it may be strange for the uninitiated no American-Irish St. Patrick’s Day would be complete without it. Tasting Guidelines: Taste of […]

Dressing Recipe

A savory and aromatic staple in holiday meals. Most often paired with turkey, but also goes well with chicken and ham. This recipe has been modified with the chemotherapy patient in mind. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium and can be lightened with red wine vinegar. Texture is soft and moist when cooked […]

Turkey Gravy Recipe

What would a delicious turkey dinner be without gravy? To me, sauces are the most interesting part of a meal, especially when you are cooking large cuts of roasted meat. You can achieve much more complicated and complex flavors inside of a sauce than you will ever be able to transition consistently through the entirety […]

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

What would a holiday meal be without a green bean casserole? As a kid, you tend to stick up your nose and this goopy, unappetizingly colored dish. But as an adult, you realize that green beans drenched in bechamel sauce is a beautiful and tasty combination. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium but […]

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

No Thanksgiving is complete in my family without some overly sweet dessert-like sweet potatoes! This recipe is sure to delight everyone from the youngest to the oldest. The combination of brown sugar, butter, cloves, and ginger gives the sweet potatoes an almost decadent flavor. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is very sweet. Weight is medium. Texture is […]

Brined and Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe

Turkey is the iconic holiday dish. It is most often eaten in accordance with a American Thanksgiving tradition. This recipe includes an extra preparation step referred to as “brining.” The brining process increases the moisture and savoriness of the turkey creating the perfect turkey that is incredibly difficult to overcook. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. […]

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

An old family recipe. No meal in my family is complete with out these cheesy potatoes. I’ll never forget the year when my uncle declared he did not like the cheesy potatoes and had never liked the cheesy potatoes after 30 years of eating them. We were all in shock. The only thought that came […]

Corn Casserole Recipe

Another classic Southern style dish. The brilliance of this dish is its simplicity. It is almost as if somebody looked in the cupboard and asked, “I wonder what would happen if I mixed these ingredients together?” Nonetheless, a delightfully delicious and addictive side dish. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet and savory. Weight is heavy but […]

Perfect Mashed Potatoes Recipe

These mashed potatoes are exactly as advertised. They are perfect. Not too heavy. Not too light. Perfectly savory. Tasting Guidelines:Taste is savory. Weight is medium but can be balanced with salt. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.