Whether you are throwing a party or attending one to celebrate the New Year, it's always good to start off the year with a few delicious appetizers, like these incredibly easy Hasselback Baby Potatoes.
During this years' Christmas party, I made a batch Hasselback Potatoes for the first time using baby sized spuds. I barely had time after they came out of the oven to sneak a pic or 2 because they were gobbled up, right away. Needless to say, I just had to make them again then again until finally, no one was around to eat them (except me and I may or may not have eaten 1 right out of the pan).
I tell you this because these little munchies made everyone happy! Hubby, kiddos, guests...really everyone. Because I only share the "hits" not "misses", I was determined to get this recipe with you before New Years Eve. Then I realized...tomorrow is NYE!!! WOW. SO in order to get this out in a timely manner, this is going to be short and sweet. Sorry.... no long stories, no wordy explanations, just pictures and this Hasselback Baby Potato recipe. You have parties to get to anyways, right?
Homemade stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving and should be eaten more than once a year.When I was younger, Thanksgiving was a big deal! The entire family would gather together at my Grandparents house for a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings! Mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade rolls, and best of all STUFFING! Oh my goodness, stuffing was my favorite. That was, until I learned what was in it! Sausage, bacon, giblets (including the liver and heart of the turkey) and all the pieces of meat that came off the bones from the turkey neck. Eeew, so gross! But here's the thing, back then, it was so delicious! All the flavors that melded together, all the layers of texture, it really did outdo any bagged stuffing mix. Thankfully, after years of messing with my Grandma's recipe, I've recreated it to be completely allergy-friendly as well as vegan! The texture is still there and the flavor.....amazing! This is absolutely the best Allergy-friendly Stuffing (without all those giblets) that you'll want to serve this Thanksgiving.
Did you ever have a Chia Pet when you were growing up? They were those silly clay pot characters who magically grew green sprouts of "hair" when you spread this mixture on them? Back in the 80's, these were all the rage, but what I didn't know then, and what I do know now, is that this was simply a process of sprouting the now popular Chia seed. Seems a little crazy that we used a "superfood" to create an unusual figurine for our window seals but it's great insight on just easy sprouting nuts and seeds can be.[caption id="attachment_2396" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image from Amazon.com[/caption]
Even if you never had a chia pet, you've had to have heard about sprouting. Maybe you read about it in your health magazine, maybe you purchased some alfalfa sprouts for your salad, maybe you looked into sprouting but all the specialized boxes and jars have you confused. SO let's just start with what sprouting IS, to get the basics first.