Category: Christmas posts

Easy Gourmet Salad Recipes

We’ve worked hard to put together a series of salad recipes that you can use any time: parties, holidays, tailgating, picnic, pot lucks.  So put down that store-bought bag of greens and store-bought dressing. Here is our collection of simple, healthy gourmet salad recipes that will put an elegant touch to any meal – whether it’s an casual weekday, or a special occasion.  Click HERE to see our feature recipe: Pear Cranberry Salad with Serious Foodie Fig/Orange dressing. Warm Spinach/Fennel/Apple Salad Crazy simple – and healthy & really delicious.  It’s a change up from the standard warm spinach salad, with a lot more interesting things happening.  Add some feta if you like.  Or some bacon.  What makes this recipe work is the dressing.  You just might want to pour this over everything.  Click HERE for the full recipe. Quinoa Salad with Beets and Oranges We are always for raising our game when it comes to healthy eating – and two of our favorite components are beets and quinoa.  There is a ton of nutrition and flavor in both of these, and this simple salad (which can also serve as a meatless main course) has it all. Click HERE for the full recipe. […]

Foodie Holiday Gift Suggestions: Homemade

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] Looking for that special gift for a foodie friend?  Someone on your list is hard to please?  Maybe something to give someone with everything? Try these suggestions on making your own unique gifts.  There are many great websites you’ll find under each section, but there are an infinite number of possibilities. The queen of the holiday homemade is definitely Martha Stewart – click HERE to see her array of hand-crafted holiday gifts. Another great website we found was AllRecipes (click HERE to see their DIY gifts).  With each of these homemade gifts, packaging can really make the difference.  Tins, bottles, and festive boxes can be found on-line or at cookware stores. Here are our suggestions for easy to make, Serious Foodie quality hand crafted gifts – especially for those on your list who have everything.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1449160325073{background-color: #cccccc !important;}”] Simple Syrups [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3612″ border_color=”black” img_link_target=”_self” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” img_link_large=””][vc_column_text]Simple syrups are just that – simple.  Once made, they last a long time, and can be used to flavor cocktails, desserts, or just used as a condiment over ice cream.  We found a very nice, festive holiday syrup on MidWestLiving.com using cranberries (click HERE). While we like the fruit […]

Easy Gourmet for Holiday Meals: Side Dish Recipes

Holiday meals are so much about connecting with family and friends.  Everyone has their favorite dish, from green bean casserole to mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. We offer here some of the standout sides from the Serious Foodie chefs, as well as from other experts – old standards, along with a number of dishes inspired from our favorite international regional cuisines.  These dishes can also serve as vegetarian main dishes. The Serious Foodie Peruvian Blood Orange Sauce is a great complement to most any vegetable dish, but especially butternut squash (click HERE) and roasted vegetables (click HERE). It might be too cold in some areas to grill, but you can simply broil vegetables on a skewer, and finish with some seasoning salt (for instance, try one of the Serious Foodie spice rubs, such as Asian Fusion or TexMex rub on any vegetable dish – click HERE).  We provide a full recipe on grilled vegetables HERE. We love green leafy vegetables – especially kale and Swiss chard.  Here are two very simple recipes for delicious healthy side dishes. Pan roasted kale and veggies Braised Swiss Chard   We came across a series of Moroccan carrot recipes, which can be served warm […]

A Serious Foodie Guide to Unique Holiday Gifts

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Looking for that special gift for a foodie friend?  Someone on your list is hard to please?  Maybe something to give someone with everything? We’re here to help with gift suggestions for the Serious Foodie in your life.  Here are some unique gift ideas – and some are literally out of the box . At the Movies (click HERE):  We list (arguably) the best foodie movies of all time.  Down load, stream, or go old school (by the DVD).  Sit with you favorite squeeze, and watch a few of these classics. Home-Crafted Holiday Gifts (click HERE):  For the DIYer – some quick, easy projects.  We list a number of our all-time, sure to please favorites. Artisan Chocolates (click HERE):  Why wait for Valentine’s Day? Fancy chocolate is one of our go-to gifts.  A list of our favorite artisan vendors, all available on-line. Sparkling Wines (click HERE):  Always a fun gift, especially with those willing to share.  Some special bottles are listed, but most are for folks on a budget. Red Wines under $25 (click HERE):  From our yearly survey of the best red wines under $25 – a good (and sometimes great) wine to fit any budget. And, of […]

The Feast of the Fishes – A Primer on a Great Italian-American Tradition

There are many Italian Americans, or folks who wish they had Italian heritage, who celebrate The Feast of the Fishes on Christmas Eve. The tradition seems to have its roots in central and southern Italian tradition, but is found anywhere that fish is plentiful in Italy. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve has its roots in from the Roman Catholic  faith, as a form of abstinence;  Catholics were to refrain from eating meat or dairy on certain holy days, including Christmas Eve.   As no meat or butter could be used on such days, observant Catholics would instead eat seafood, typically fried in oil. Many of the dishes found on the Feast of the Fishes menu include calamari, eel, clams, mussels, salt cod, and other ingredients which were often considered peasant food (plentiful supply, and inexpensive).  Now, most of these ingredients are considered gourmet.  In true Italian style, the Feast of the Fishes has turned into course after course of luxurious seafood dishes. Different regions have their own tradition – and it seems that Italians throughout the world create their own traditions. The number of fishes can be seven (the most common), nine, or eleven, and seafood dish […]