Fleming’s Steakhouse Giftcard Giveaway

Thanksgiving dinner

I’ve been a fan of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar for years. It used to be my parent’s favorite special occasion restaurant. I always get a smile on my face when my husband says, “Let’s go to Fleming’s for dinner.”

I have some exciting news! Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will be hosting Thanksgiving for the first time ever with a four-course menu, including traditional favorites like a mixed herb roasted turkey breast and more (only $39.95 per person). They are also offering a special menu for the kids. Take a look at the menu:

Amuse-Bouche

SOPPRESSATA & BRIE CHEESE BITES with apple jalapeño cinnamon chutney, roasted nuts and truffled deviled egg

First Course

FLEMING’S SALAD or LOBSTER BISQUE

Main Course

MIXED HERB ROASTED TURKEY BREAST WITH SAVORY TURKEY GRAVY

Sides

HOUSEMADE BRIOCHE STUFFING

FRESH CRANBERRY, ORANGE AND CINNAMON SAUCE

BUTTER-MASHED SWEET POTATOES

GREEN BEANS WITH BACON, ALMONDS AND ONION

Dessert: Choose between

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE chantilly cream and caramel glaze

or

CARROT CAKE three layers, with cream cheese frosting and dark-rum caramel drizzle

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Wait there’s more… On Thanksgiving weekend (Friday-Saturday), Fleming’s will also offer all wine on the Fleming’s 100 wine list at $10 per glass. How awesome is that?

Thanksgiving Place Setting

With lots of turkey leftovers on-hand, Executive Chef Russell Skall with Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has shared his recipe for Turkey Fried Rice, which take less than 30 minutes to prepare. In honor of Thanksgiving, I am hosting a giveaway for a chance to win a $100 dining card to enjoy at Fleming’s on Thanksgiving weekend. To enter, just a leave a comment telling us your favorite thing about Thanksgiving! One winner will be chosen on November 8th. Good luck! See below for Chef Russell’s recipe for Turkey Fried Rice. Happy early Thanksgiving 🙂

Bison Tenderloin with Cherry Port Glace

Bison Tenderloin with Cherry Port Reduction

Who is ready for Thanksgiving? I just returned from The Resort at Paws Up where everything is amazing. Food, wine, horseback riding, ATV rides, clay shooting, fly fishing, hiking, running, biking, spa and super wonderful people and customer service. I had a sample of what they’ll be serving up on their Thanksgiving menu so take a look. If you don’t have Thanksgiving plans yet, what are you waiting for?

House Made Bites

Hutterite Duck Prosciutto, Cured Olives, Pickled Hutterite Vegetables, Bitterroot Organic Cured Tomatoes, Tucker Farms Cheese, Amaranth, Quinoa Granola, New Zealand Spinach, 50 year Balsamic and Organic Olive Oil

Deluge Farms Pumpkin Bisque, Ginger Chantilly, Cinnamon Pemmican, Smoked Trout, Chives

Roasted Crabapple and Diver Scallop, Candied Yam Shoestrings, Beet Syrup, Beet Chips, Beet Caviar

Stone Crab, Preserved Lemon Butter, Picante Pepper Emulsion, Tobacco Onions

Waygu Carpaccio, Walnut and Fig Chutney, Flat Head Cherry Syrup, Shaved Truffle, House Made Cracker

Salads and Sides

Sweet Potato Pie, House Made Fluff, Vietnamese Cinnamon, Maple Bacon Brown Butter

House Made Cranberry Relish

Black Pepper Green Beans, Grandma Jones Recipe

Hutterite Bacon Smothered Brussels Sprouts

Whipped Potatoes, Butter, Cream, Salt and Pepper-That’s it

Candied Chestnut Dressing, Organic Wheat Montana Breads, Organic Vegetables, Locally Grown Sage, Hutterite Chicken Bone Broth

Caesar Salad, Garlic Parmesan Dressing, The Perfect Crouton, White Anchovies

Kale Salad, Swiss Chard, Dried Huckleberries, Cherries and Golden Raisins, Tucker Family Blue Cheese, Walnut and Honeycrisp Apple Vinaigrette

Stuffed Rainbow Trout

The Main Event

Hutterite Turkey Breast and Thighs, Pan Gravy with or with out Giblets

MT Natural Lamb Rack, Caramelized Shallot Lamb Glace

Bison Tenderloin, Flat Head Cherry Demi Glace

Lump Crab Stuffed Rainbow Trout, Tarragon Buerre Blanc

Sweet Endings

Mom’s Goat Cheese, Pumpkin Cheesecake and multiple seasonal selections that have been delivered to your home during the dinner hour.

The resort at Paws up

The Resort at Paws Up is Montana’s premier luxury ranch resort, offering first-class adventure on a grand scale. Discretely nestled in Greenough, Montana, amidst glacier-hewn mountains, Paws Up features the legendary Blackfoot River, expansive timberland and limitless prairies. From private homes and safari-style tents to attentive, anticipatory service, getting away to the wilds of Montana has never been so civilized. The Resort features a comprehensive, sophisticated culinary program and has been recognized as one of the leading experiential destinations in America. The Resort at Paws Up truly is The Last Best Place.

Since The Resort’s June 2005 inception, the property has received over 2,000 favorable reviews. In 2016, the Resort was voted the #1 Family Resort and the #2 Destination Resort in America in USA Today and the Best Small Family Resort and Best Glamping Resort in Sunset. For more information, please visit www.pawsup.com. The Resort at Paws Up is also on Facebook and Twitter (@Paws_Up).

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

boubon chocolate pecan pie

My mother-in-law always prepares a pecan pie for Christmas dinner dessert. My husband and I decided to step out of the classic pecan pie box, and we tried this recipe for Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving which was a huge hit. Start by using a frozen pie crust. I used a regular size, but a deep-dish would work well too. Brush the edges with cream to give the crust a golden color. If you only have eggs on hand, that works too. Beat the eggs slightly and brush around the edges of the crust to give a glossy crust color. If you want to omit the bourbon, you may, but it gives it an extra southern bold flavor. You may want to make two pies while you’re at it because one goes fast! Enjoy this holiday season and year round or give as a holiday gift!

Warm Holiday Cranberry Punch

Holiday Cranberry Punch

My sister, Natalie, always makes the best Warm Cranberry Holiday Punch for Thanksgiving. When you walk in her house, you can smell the amazing aroma. I was so cold yesterday in my office that I decided to tweak her recipe to have something warm in our house to drink on cold days, evenings to enjoy by our outdoor fire.  You can make this over the stove or in a percolator, and it’s the prefect amount of sweet, spiced and full of warm comforting goodness. Enjoy this holiday season and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

I am so excited it’s almost Thanksgiving! If you are in need of one more Thanksgiving side dish, try this recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. My husband has never has really liked Brussels Sprouts, but when I added bacon he changed his tune. I also added mushrooms to this, but the recipe is just as good without them. This recipe is  so easy to make (a total of 35 minutes), so you can slice them and have them ready to go right before Thanksgiving dinner. Brussels Sprouts are so healthy, high in Vitamin C, K, fiber and potassium. They pair perfectly with turkey or with pork, chicken or beef, so enjoy them this winter season.

 

My 5 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pie

So sorry I have been missing in action! I went from Italy to Hawaii to Disney then to Atlanta (all in 6 weeks), but I am baaaaackk! Thanksgiving is only 4 days away so I thought I would make it quick, easy and and offer up my 5 favorite Thanksgiving recipes. These are always on my holiday menu, and I know you’ll love them! I hope everyone is getting exciting about Thanksgiving because I am!

Oatmeal Chocolate Pecan Pie via Ingredients, Inc.

Rosemary Thyme Citrus Rub

Rosemary Thyme Citrus Rub via Ingredients, Inc. 

My Favorite Cornbread Dressing

My favorite Cornbread Dressing via Ingredients, Inc.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole via Ingredients Inc.

Fall Quinoa Salad

Fall Quinoa Salad via Ingredients Inc.

Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies

Are you planning your Thanksgiving menu? My sisters and I are, and we realized one issue we have every year is that we make way too many desserts. We typically prepare a pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate pecan pie, carrot cake, and it goes on and on. No joke! I decided to try this recipe from an old Southern Living Magazine recipe for Mini Pecan Pies, and they were a hit! I tweaked it just slightly, and it’s heavenly. I figured this way, we have plenty of pecan pie, and now we really only need one more dessert. This also makes a great Christmas party idea, so I hope you like it!

 

Easy Pumpkin Bread

EASY PUMPKIN BREAD

Okay. This is the BEST Easy Pumpkin Bread I have ever had: Truly! So before you read on, I started with a mix. We were short on ingredients and times so since we now have Trader Joes in Birmingham, I bought their pumpkin bread mix because my niece, Carlie, has been raving about it. You know me. I played around with the box mix directions to my liking (and to make it healthier). I halved the oil and used only 1/4 cup and added 1 (6-ounce) container nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I used Fage). I also added 3/4 cup chopped pecans. The baking time on the box said 55 to 60 minutes. I only cooked mine about 45 minutes so be sure to insert a toothpick around 45 minutes in the center and see if it comes out clean. This is such a great recipe and mix, and my kids said that this is their favorite pumpkin bread. It’s great for breakfast, with coffee, dessert, for an after-school snack or even food gifts for the holidays.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, my sisters and I are already planning our holiday menu. You don’t have to be unhealthy this Thanksgiving. This year, choose healthier Thanksgiving meal options and still be able to enjoy your delicious meal, but without packing on the extra pounds. With these Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets you can still celebrate Thanksgiving with the foods you love by using healthy recipe. I am so excited to share this recipe from the the experts at bistroMD. With only 150 calories with 12 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of 4 protein, you’ll feel great about enjoying this amazing pumpkin dessert!

My Favorite Chili Recipe

My Favorite Chili recipe

The weather has been awesome in Birmingham, and we had a cold snap this weekend, so we made My Favorite Chili Recipe. A lot of friends always ask me for my favorite chili recipe so I thought I would share–it’s my husband’s recipe creation. He has a few tricks up his sleeve. He uses ground beef and beef stew meat in the chili to create a meatier, thicker consistency. He also uses light beer instead of water and cacao powder. Cacao powder is similar to cocoa powder, but healthier and loaded with antioxidants. Use your favorite chili seasoning mix, green pepper, garlic and onion along with a touch of light brown sugar and canned tomatoes. I also like white kidney beans in my chili, but use your favorite beans.  If you’re chili looks thinner than you like, add 1 tablespoon mesa flour and water to thicken it. Ours turned out perfect. Served with a salad and your favorite crackers, and dinner is done.