Reluctant Entertainer https://reluctantentertainer.com/ Recipes, Entertaining, The Big Board & Charcuterie, Travel and Lifestyle! Sun, 04 Dec 2022 17:54:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 Lemongrass Chicken Thighs https://reluctantentertainer.com/lemongrass-curry-coconut-chicken-thighs/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/lemongrass-curry-coconut-chicken-thighs/#comments Sun, 04 Dec 2022 16:00:02 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=68994 A flavorful weeknight dinner served with black rice and veggies, enjoy this one-pot Lemongrass Chicken Thighs with Coconut Curry. We love this Lemongrass Chicken Thighs recipe, a one-pot meal served with rice and veggies, for an easy weeknight dinner! Lemongrass Chicken Thighs This Lemongrass Coconut Chicken Curry has a flavorful punch of spice, creamy coconut, […]

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A flavorful weeknight dinner served with black rice and veggies, enjoy this one-pot Lemongrass Chicken Thighs with Coconut Curry.

We love this Lemongrass Chicken Thighs recipe, a one-pot meal served with rice and veggies, for an easy weeknight dinner!

Lemongrass Chicken Thighs

This Lemongrass Coconut Chicken Curry has a flavorful punch of spice, creamy coconut, curry powder, and smashed lemongrass. It has become a dish served on our weekday menu roation, and we think you will love it, too. You may also want to try our Coconut Milk Chicken Thighs recipe. Or if you like chicken legs with coconut vinegar, try our Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks. (more…)

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The Best Prime Rib Recipe https://reluctantentertainer.com/crusted-pepper-prime-rib-recipe/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/crusted-pepper-prime-rib-recipe/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2022 15:00:10 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=20256 There’s nothing tastier than succulent, juicy, and flavorful roasted prime rib. The perfect roast beef for holidays and special occasions, follow my tried-and-true method for making the best Prime Rib recipe you’ve ever had!            Don’t be intimidated by cooking a prime rib roast! Sure, this cut of roast beef is pricy, but with my […]

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There’s nothing tastier than succulent, juicy, and flavorful roasted prime rib. The perfect roast beef for holidays and special occasions, follow my tried-and-true method for making the best Prime Rib recipe you’ve ever had!

The Best Prime Rib Recipe

          

Don’t be intimidated by cooking a prime rib roast! Sure, this cut of roast beef is pricy, but with my tried-and-true method, you’ll end up with perfectly delicious beef every time

The Best Prime Rib Recipe

There’s nothing quite as spectacular or as delicious as this king of roasts, and when I put it out in front of my guests, they’re always delighted. I love serving this roast at Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, and other special occasions.  (more…)

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies https://reluctantentertainer.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-cup-cookies-recipe/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-cup-cookies-recipe/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:00:13 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=44865 These Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies are a scrumptious family-favorite peanut butter stuffed cookies recipe, perfect for any season! These Peanut Butter Cookies are peanut butter cookies (cups made in a muffin tin), stuffed with a Dark Chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup. These cookies are popular holiday cookie (hello Christmas cookies), but are delicious for […]

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These Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies are a scrumptious family-favorite peanut butter stuffed cookies recipe, perfect for any season!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cookies recipe

These Peanut Butter Cookies are peanut butter cookies (cups made in a muffin tin), stuffed with a Dark Chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup. These cookies are popular holiday cookie (hello Christmas cookies), but are delicious for any occasion.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

A classic cookie recipe that has been around forever, these peanut butter chocolate cookies have a miniature Reese’s peanut butter cup hiding inside.

I changed up the classic recipe that my Dad’s wife Ginny gave me, using a little less sugar. (more…)

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Christmas Sangria  https://reluctantentertainer.com/christmas-sangria/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/christmas-sangria/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:19:49 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=191934 Perfect for sipping during holiday gatherings or just with loved ones around the table, this bright, fruity, and fabulous Christmas Sangria is filled with orchard fruit, amazing wine, and just the right amount of juice. I love sangria – it’s the perfect grownup cocktail. Elegant in presentation but still easy to make, sangria isn’t quite […]

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Perfect for sipping during holiday gatherings or just with loved ones around the table, this bright, fruity, and fabulous Christmas Sangria is filled with orchard fruit, amazing wine, and just the right amount of juice.

glass of sangria

I love sangria – it’s the perfect grownup cocktail. Elegant in presentation but still easy to make, sangria isn’t quite wine and isn’t quite juice, but rather a fruity mixture of both. Perfectly sippable with brunch, lunch, or even dinner, this Christmas Sangria is particularly festive and great around the holidays.

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Christmas Sangria 

Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of this red sangria recipe, so make sure you start with a good quality drinkable bottle of wine. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive, but this isn’t cooking wine. 

Cranberries, apples, pears, and even pomegranate arils infuse this Christmas cocktail with flavor and color while a touch of sweetness comes from maple syrup and liqueur.  (more…)

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Cranberry Cheesecake Bars https://reluctantentertainer.com/cranberry-cheesecake-bars/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/cranberry-cheesecake-bars/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2022 18:27:13 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=192011 With a crumbly topping and sweet cranberry cheesecake filling, these Cranberry Cheesecake Bars are the perfect fall and winter dessert! Easy to make and a dessert everyone loves, these bars will steal the show! I love these Cranberry Cheesecake Bars! They’re simple to make, and everyone always devours them. They’re so festive, too! The sweet […]

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With a crumbly topping and sweet cranberry cheesecake filling, these Cranberry Cheesecake Bars are the perfect fall and winter dessert! Easy to make and a dessert everyone loves, these bars will steal the show!

square serving baked bars

I love these Cranberry Cheesecake Bars! They’re simple to make, and everyone always devours them. They’re so festive, too! The sweet and tangy cranberry sauce is perfect in these bars, so they’re great for Thanksgiving and Christmas events, dinners, and gatherings.

Cranberry Cheesecake Bars with white chocolate

This is also a great dessert to take to potlucks and parties. You can make them ahead of time and then just pop them into the fridge until you’re ready to go. And you can cut them smaller, so they’re ideal for nibbling with fingers or cut them larger for a plated dessert.

Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

These Cranberry Cheesecake Bars are a little different. The oats in them give them a more wholesome flavor, and the pecans add a nutty crunch. The combination of flavors is terrific, and I love one of these bars with a cup of coffee in the afternoon in addition to dessert. (more…)

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Kale Salad with Beets https://reluctantentertainer.com/kale-salad-with-beets/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/kale-salad-with-beets/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2022 20:46:08 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=191755 Kale Salad with Beets is a beautiful fall and winter side dish made with roasted beets and carrots, cranberries, golden raisins, and pumpkin seeds. Friends, here’s delicious Beet and Kale Salad for the holidays! It’s beautiful for fall and winter, with stunning colors of roasted beets and carrots, with sweet cranberries and golden raisins. Kale […]

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Kale Salad with Beets is a beautiful fall and winter side dish made with roasted beets and carrots, cranberries, golden raisins, and pumpkin seeds.

Kale Salad with Beets serving

Friends, here’s delicious Beet and Kale Salad for the holidays! It’s beautiful for fall and winter, with stunning colors of roasted beets and carrots, with sweet cranberries and golden raisins.

Kale Salad with Beets

This gorgeous harvest salad is a healthy kale-based salad packed with delicious winter flavors. We love the simplicity of this Kale Salad with Beets, with a drizzle of viniagrette. Serve as a side with our Cornish Game Hens and Cauliflower Gratin for the perfect cozy meal. (more…)

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M and M Christmas Cookies https://reluctantentertainer.com/whole-wheat-m-and-m-cookies-recipe/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/whole-wheat-m-and-m-cookies-recipe/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2022 14:00:24 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=44407 ‘Tis the season for amazing Christmas Cookies, like this M and M Christmas Cookies recipe, perfect for gifts and a cookie exchange party! Friends, we’ve been enjoying some quality times with friends and family here in central Oregon. And I love to keep amazing Christmas cookies on the counter. These incredibly chunky (healthier) M&M cookies are made with […]

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‘Tis the season for amazing Christmas Cookies, like this M and M Christmas Cookies recipe, perfect for gifts and a cookie exchange party!

M and M Christmas Cookies

Friends, we’ve been enjoying some quality times with friends and family here in central Oregon. And I love to keep amazing Christmas cookies on the counter. These incredibly chunky (healthier) M&M cookies are made with Bob’s whole wheat flour, and they are delish!

M and M Christmas Cookies on plate

Holiday Whole Wheat M and M Cookies Recipe

We took our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and changed it up with holiday colored (red and green) M and Ms. We used a medium-size scoop — to get in more of our favorite candy-coated chocolates. YUM! The result, cookies that look just as good as they taste!

The perfect way to end the day, after a long hike with friends, is to take a bite of these Whole Wheat M and M Cookies! (more…)

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Crustless Bisquick Quiche Pie https://reluctantentertainer.com/how-to-make-impossible-quiche-pie/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/how-to-make-impossible-quiche-pie/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2022 15:00:24 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=12064 How to Make Impossible Quiche Pie is a crustless egg dish made with Bisquick or Pamela’s Baking Mix, with added veggies, ham, and cheese. Hospitality is about love. It’s about making others feel warm and welcome, and many times it involves food. This Impossible Quiche Pie is a great hospitality dish to share with others […]

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How to Make Impossible Quiche Pie is a crustless egg dish made with Bisquick or Pamela’s Baking Mix, with added veggies, ham, and cheese.

How to Make Impossible Quiche Pie Recipe

Hospitality is about love. It’s about making others feel warm and welcome, and many times it involves food. This Impossible Quiche Pie is a great hospitality dish to share with others for breakfast or brunch. It’s an easy quick recipe with no crust, made with Bisquick (or you can make your own mix). You can also make a bisquick quiche with fresh spinach.

How to make Impossible Quiche (bisquick) Pie

We love this recipe because it’s easy, quiche is delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it’s great as leftovers.

You can also use up the veggies or meat in your friends, with a variety of combinations that makes this quiche pie so good! Make it your own with zucchini, broccoli, spinach, or mushroom. (more…)

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Plate https://reluctantentertainer.com/turkey-cheese-plate/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/turkey-cheese-plate/#respond Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:13:42 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=191878 Serve a plate or board of olives, meat, cheese, crackers, and a pear made into the shape of a turkey, for a Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Plate! Friends, looking for a last-minute cheese plate to serve for Thanksgiving? If you have run out of time and need a quick “put together” meat and cheese plate, then […]

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Serve a plate or board of olives, meat, cheese, crackers, and a pear made into the shape of a turkey, for a Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Plate!

Turkey Cheese Plate

Friends, looking for a last-minute cheese plate to serve for Thanksgiving? If you have run out of time and need a quick “put together” meat and cheese plate, then this recipe is for you! You can make a board or something larger, on The Big Board. Last year we served this Mr. Tom Turkey Board. Or, you can serve a Meat Cheese Charcuteriei Board.

cheese plate with turkey pear

Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Plate

This Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Plate is a nourishing, healthy, festive snack to make for your holiday gathering! It can be made with common lunch food like sliced deli ham, turkey, and cheese. Here I add some special touches like herbs, bay leaf, baby corn, and antipasti olive mix, but you can use whatever you have on hand! Other fruits like apples and persimmons would be delicious to add, as well as other cheeses. (more…)

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Vegetable Au Gratin with Brussels Sprouts https://reluctantentertainer.com/vegetable-au-gratin/ https://reluctantentertainer.com/vegetable-au-gratin/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:26:12 +0000 https://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=191855 Enjoy this comfort dish with charred cabbage and Brussels Sprouts, the perfect vegetarian holiday side dish: Vegetable Au Gratin with Brussels Sprouts. Gratins can be made with so many different ingredients like potatoes, green beans, and even spinach. There’s nothing like setting a cheesy vegetable side dish on the table, especially when the veggies are […]

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Enjoy this comfort dish with charred cabbage and Brussels Sprouts, the perfect vegetarian holiday side dish: Vegetable Au Gratin with Brussels Sprouts.

Vegetable Au Gratin with Brussels Sprouts

Gratins can be made with so many different ingredients like potatoes, green beans, and even spinach. There’s nothing like setting a cheesy vegetable side dish on the table, especially when the veggies are charred. The flavor is amazing. And if you’re looking for a classic au gratin recipe, you may want to try Ina Gartin’s Potato-Fennel Gratin Recipe that we serve every year with prime rib.

Vegetable Au Gratin

We love a creamy au gratin dish served with any protein, but it’s especially popular during the holiday season. You may have already tried our Cauliflower Bacon Gratin (yes, for you bacon lovers), or our recent Green Beans Au Gratin. (more…)

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