Rosemary Roasted Cashews

I love a bowl of nibbles on the bar or set strategically on the coffee table or side tables for guests to grab.  One new favorite are these Rosemary Roasted Cashews that are served warm out of the oven with a touch of spice and just the right amount of rosemary and salt,  So good, I could eat them all!  We will be making them to have along side our St-Germain Champagne Cocktails for our New Years Eve Celebration.  Here’s to a Healthy and Happy New Year!  Cheers!

Ridgely Brode puts out dishes of these delicious Rosemary Roasted Cashews for her guests and shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode puts out dishes of these delicious Rosemary Roasted Cashews for her guests and shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode puts out dishes of these delicious Rosemary Roasted Cashews for her guests and shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar

 

 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 1¼ pounds cashew nuts
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the rosemary, pepper, sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl.
  4. Toss the warm nuts with the rosemary mixture until the nuts are completely coated.
  5. Serve warm.

Ridgely Brode puts out dishes of these delicious Rosemary Roasted Cashews for her guests and shares the recipe on Ridgely's RadarRidgely Brode puts out dishes of these delicious Rosemary Roasted Cashews for her guests and shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode puts out dishes of these delicious Rosemary Roasted Cashews for her guests and shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar

 Pair with St-Germain Champagne Cocktail

Celebrate the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail

Looking for a festive Champagne Cocktail for New Years Eve? Then give this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail a try. It is delicious and looks elegant with the fragrant lavender sprigs and petals dancing in the champagne.  St-Germain is a liquere made in the artisanal French manner from freshly hand-picked elderflower blossoms.  The bottle is a beautiful artdeco style glass and looks well alongside a vase of lavender. Come back tomorrow for a easy to make nibble to pair with your cocktails.  Cheers!

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

St-Germain Champagne Cocktail
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces St- Germain
  • 4 ounces Champagne or Prosecco
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • Dried Lavender sprigs and petals
Instructions
  1. Pour St-Germain into a Champagne flute.
  2. Top with Champagne and club soda.
  3. Add a Lavender Sprig and petals
  4. Serve

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

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Setting a Festive Table for Christmas with Vintage Finds

Every year, I try to come up with a new way to set my table for Christmas and, this past Summer, I found a really beautiful vintage tablecloth and matching napkins which I have been holding on to until now to break out.  I love how the red berries set off the green leaves in the holly and wanted to highlight that when I set the table. It was so much fun to put it all together and I hope you enjoy seeing how it turned out. I still can’t believe Christmas is here… I  have a pile of presents to wrap and some dishes to prepare. I am going to keep it simple so that we can all relax (that means me too) and enjoy the festivities.  If you need a last minute dessert idea, this is delicious, or, if  you are looking for a make-ahead breakfast, for Christmas morning, this is a favorite in our house and won’t take very long to assemble.  Have a wonderful Holiday and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

 

 

I am Looking for a Bigger Coffee Maker

I love my cup of coffee,  I have one, maybe two cups a day and I want it to be good, really good.  I wake up excited for my coffee, sort of like my excitement for a glass of wine at the end of a long day, but todays post is all about coffee.  I like to make my own and it has to be strong.  Over the years, I have tried many coffee makers and brands of coffee.  Turns out, for me, expensive is not necessarily better. Currently at home, I am using Cafe 1820 – Costa Rican Ground Coffee 17.5 Oz – 500 Grams.  I discovered it a few summers ago while staying in Costa Rica and I buy it from Amazon.com.  It is a rich, delicious coffee.  YUM!

Lifestyle blogger, Ridgely Brode, is looking for a bigger coffee maker now that her son likes a cup too and is choosing between 6 models.

Lifestyle blogger, Ridgely Brode, is looking for a bigger coffee maker now that her son likes a cup too and is choosing between 6 models.

It use to be just me having coffee at home and now my oldest son seems to have picked up the taste and my trusty Cuisinart  4 cup with stainless-steel carafe with this gold tone filter is not going to cut it, especially when I use the whole carafe to fill my large cup!  I now make two rounds of coffee in the morning, one for me and one for him. And lets not even talk about this past weekend when we had guests, I think I made 6 rounds each morning…

Time to find a bigger coffee maker and buy more mugs!

Besides making good coffee, I would like the carafe to be dishwasher safe and sturdy.  I have lost many a glass carafe to the dishwasher and had a problem just getting a replacement carafe.  That is one of the reasons I have the stainless steel version now. I am interested in the BrewStation that holds the coffee in the machine and dispenses as needed (Check out the Krupp! Talk about an investment.. Yowzer).  Anyone have one of those?

Calling all coffee lovers reading this… Do you have one of the below 6 coffee makers?  Please let me know what you are using and love.. this coffee drinker (and son) would like to know!

Lifestyle blogger, Ridgely Brode, is looking for a bigger coffee maker now that her son likes a cup too and is choosing between 6 models.

to buy: 1. Black & Decker 12 Cup Thermal Coffeemaker  /  2. Cuisinart Black Steel Coffeemaker  /3. Hamilton Beach BrewStation   /  4. KRUPS Cup on Demand  /  5. BUNN HG 8 Cup Coffee Brewer  /  6. Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10 Cup

 

Ginger Cake

I have been craving ginger cake for the last few weeks, I use to get a piece every time I was down near Dean & Deluca in the city and have not had any since then. I searched around and, as luck would have it, my Mother-in-law had a recipe of her Mothers to share with me.  She gave me a splattered card of an old fashioned, well loved recipe… to me, that is the best way to get a new (old) recipe! I was so excited to make it!  It is just as I was hoping, rich with spices and flavor.  Our house smelled amazing when it was cooking and it tasted even better than it smelled (if that is even possible!)  I pretty much ate the entire cake myself… and am going to make it again this weekend.  It’s a snap to make and, if you serve it for company, they will think you are a culinary wiz!

With a craving for Ginger Cake, Ridgely Brode gets a delicious recipe from her Mother-in-law to share on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

With a craving for Ginger Cake, Ridgely Brode gets a delicious recipe from her Mother-in-law to share on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

Ginger Cake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ¾ Cups Brown Sugar
  • ¾ Cups Baking Molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup Melted Shortening
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
  2. Melt the shortening carefully in a pot on the stove. Watch it and take it off the heat when fully melted.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, molasses, shortening and eggs in a mixer.
  4. Place flour, baking soda and all the spices in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture in three parts. Blend well and be careful not to put mixer on too high and have the flour blow everywhere.
  6. When all mixed together, add in the cup of boiling water.
  7. Pour into a square baking dish
  8. Cook in the oven for 30 min test with cake stick to make sure done, remove from oven and cool on a rack.
  9. Serve plain or with whipped cream

 

Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar

A few months ago we were approached to try out RawSpiceBar, a monthly subscription that delivers 3 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends.  Each RawSpiceBar’s monthly spice box contains 1-2 ounces of spice blends, that you use to create, with the included kitchen-tested, detailed recipes, three dishes for serving 8-10.

My husband and I love to cook but are always at a loss of what to make.  When I checked out RawSpiceBar, I thought it would be the perfect way to get us trying new recipes and enjoy meals we wouldn’t have otherwise thought to make.

We got the October spice box which included spices to make Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels, Horseradish and Mustard Cabbage and German Chicken Schnitzel.. all perfect for a Oktoberfest meal.  We decided to jump in and make the pretzels for some friends coming over to watch football.  They were fun to make and really good. It was great to have a little inspiration and make something new.

At $8 for one month or $6/ month for 12 months it is such a fun idea and a great present for anyone on your list who like us loves to cook and has an adventurous palate!

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • RawSpiceBar's Caraway, Fennel & Anise Bread
  • 2 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt, more for topping
  • 4 Cups Unbleached All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg, mixed with 1 Tablespoon Water (for egg wash)
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 14g Dry Active Yeast
  • ⅓ Cup Butter
Instructions
  1. In a small pot over medium heat, combine milk and butter. Stir until combined.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt and RawSpicebar's caraway, fennel and Anise Bread
  3. Combine wet ingredients with dry and knead dough for about 10 minutes.Dough should be soft and almost sticky. (we needed to add extra warm water to the dough to get a better consistency)
  4. Divide dough into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a pretzel. Move to a warm, dark place and let the pretzels to rise until double in size, about an hour.
  5. Just before baking, brush pretzels with egg wash and sprinkle with cheese, remaining RawSpicebar's caraway, fennel and Anise Bread and salt
  6. Bake the pretzels for about 10 minutes at 485 degrees. Let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Serbe warm

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