Double Double Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Add the kisses

There is nothing that defines this time of year like Christmas Cookies!  One of our favorite cookies is the kiss cookie.  Traditionally, this cookie uses a peanut butter dough, but our recipe uses a s*$% ton of chocolate.  Yep, four types of chocolate. Two types of chocolate on the inside and two types of chocolate on the outside. Chocolate cookies, filled with chocolate chips, rolled in chocolate sprinkles and topped with a Hershey kiss…pretty much everything a chocolate lover (like my wife and son)would enjoy.  These cookies are the ultimate Christmas gift for the chocolate lover in your life.

Perfectly cooked double double kiss cookies

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Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

I love the ease and convenience of a boneless turkey breast. However, I find that they can be quite dry sometimes. So, I decided to wrap one in bacon to see how it would turn out.  The results were fantastic.  This was definitely one of the best turkeys that I have ever eaten.  It was moist, flavorful and best of all, easy to make!  It was so simple that it should almost be illegal. If you are looking for a delicious and easy way to serve Turkey on Thanksgiving or any holiday for that matter, then this is your recipe.

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Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

When I was growing up, my Grandma Donna would always make twice baked potatoes for me.  They were my favorite.  So, I decided that I had better find her recipe and make some for my kids.  My version has a little twist, however.  It includes your favorite magical meat….BACON!!!!  This recipe is simple and super delicious!  Though it takes a little longer to make than a simple baked or mashed potato, it is totally worth it your time and effort.  This may even be a great recipe to try for your Thanksgiving dinner!!!

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Double Smoked Ham

Double Smoked Ham

A double smoked ham is the perfect holiday meal.  First, it is delicious!  Second, it is cooked outside on a grill or smoker and as a result you have an open oven inside for all of your side dishes.  Finally, it is fantastic looking and smelling.  This meal is a show stopper and will make your guests’ jaws hit the floor.  Who doesn’t want to have a show stopping centerpiece for their holiday meal?!  This dish utilizes a fully cooked ham that you smoke and reheat on your grill or smoker.  It is so delicious!

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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

One of our favorite holiday meals is Beef Wellington. It gives you a great beef roast in a faster amount of time than a rib roast. Plus, it adds a nice little surprise for your holiday guests. To be honest, who doesn’t love the look of a perfectly cooked beef wellington just sitting on the table?!  If you want to impress your guests this holiday season, this recipe is for you!  Plus, it is super tasty.

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Standing Rib Roast

Standing Rib Roast

In the last few weeks since Black Friday, there have been crazy deals on everything from toasters to turkeys.  One ad that we saw had Standing Rib Roasts for $4.99 a pound.  Not too shabby.  So, this year Dana and I thought that we would change things up a bit and cook a Standing Rib Roast for our holiday meal.  It was the best decision that we made.  It was freaking awesome!  Who doesn’t love a huge hunk of meat covered in a fresh herb rub and roasted to perfection!

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

The other day the fine folks over at iDevices sent us a Kitchen Thermometer. The Kitchen Thermometer is a dual probe bluetooth thermometer that connects right to your iPhone, iPad or iPad mini. With your bluetooth connected device you can wirelessly monitor your thermometer, chart the temperature and set up alerts. This is not your mom’s kitchen thermometer. Well, unless your Mom is one connected lady. To test this device, I wanted to try it out on a large piece of meat. So, I went to the local store and found that pork tenderloins were on sale. I added a little bacon to the cart and we were all set for a great meal.  The Kitchen Thermometer from iDevices was great.  Check out the bottom of the post for a full review.

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Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Last week I made a pot roast and it needed a few sides.  So I searched the internet to find a couple of sides to serve along with the roast.  One was the Roasted Cauliflower that I posted about last week.  Today I am posting about some exquisitely creamy, garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes.  So tasty and full of flavor.  They honestly take no more time than regular mashed potatoes so if you have a choice, I would always make these.

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

I shaved some slices of Parmesan onto the potatoes for this shot.  It is unnecessary, but added yet another punch of cheese flavor to the dish.

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Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Last week, I received a shipment of turkey related items from Foodbuzz.com and Shadybrook Farms.  In the package was a frozen turkey breast.  I wanted to roast it to show the ins and outs of roasting a turkey.  So I picked up a couple of sides and some fresh herbs.  It was a small breast so I called a couple of friends to come over and try my pre-Thanksgiving feast.

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