Thursday, November 29, 2012

Foodie Friday -- November 30

Welcome to the November 30th
Foodie Friday.

Thanksgiving is over, and my thoughts are turning to
holiday baking and gift ideas.
We spent the holidays in London one year, and I fell in love
with the British tradition of Christmas Crackers. (Click for tutorial.)
We had dinner at an old country house on the Thames,
and each diner received a "cracker"--a gift-wrapped tube
that's filled with candy and tiny goodies. As we opened our crackers,
the air filled with festive popping sounds. We put on paper crowns
and plastic rings. It was the best time ever.
Now I make my own "crackers" or "poppers."
I'm always looking for new and interesting
ideas for Christmas food, and I'm sure you are, too.
This week, I'm showcasing an array of talented bloggers
who have contributed holiday recipes
to the last few Foodie Friday events.
You can find more great recipes at
last week's Foodie Friday.
Hope you will be inspired!
 Let's begin with a trip across the Pond to England...
I loved the cheese scones at Lemon and Lime Thyme. Can you just imagine sitting down to a tea table
and finding these savory scones? Heaven!
Now, let's fly back home...
Aunt B on a Budget shows us how to make
Left Coast Crackers.
They look fabulous!

My Carolina Kitchen included three cranberry sauces.
And just look at that delicate arrangement of the orange zest! It resembles a bow.
Sam, it's beautiful.

Posed Perfection's creamy potato soup
is a warmer-upper, a sit-by-the-fire and-eat-dinner meal.
I'm adding this to my holiday menu.


I was drawn the Poppy Sesame Vinaigrette
at Nancy's Daily Dish.
As a bonus, we get to see her beautiful purple transferware in the photo.
Both the food and the ironstone are stunning.


Barnes and Noodles' Texas Taco Salad looks fresh and festive,
a welcome change from heavy traditional holiday fare.

Half-Baked Harvest included a recipe for Broccoli Cobbler.
This dish would be at home in any kitchen.
It speaks of good times and good food.

Sidewalk Shoes offers Pasta Bolognese for a heartwarming entree.
The rising steam is enticing,
and I love how the light shines
through the wine glass.
This is a meal that says, "I'm taking a moment to rest
and to celebrate life." 

Domesblissity's 4-Ingredient Apricot Chicken is a winner.
It looks as if it has dozens of ingredients!

  If you're like me, you're always looking for side dishes.
Cath's Cookery Creations offered a savory casserole called "Zucchini Slice."
Komali Numma shared a recipe from her book,
Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen.
The Pumpkin Parfait looks delicious, and so does her book.
I love this photograph, with the layered parfait
on the green Majolica plate.

I loved Happier Than a Pig in Mud's  recipe and presentation
 for colored popcorn. What a great gift idea!

Spicy peach jam makes a scrumptious topper for biscuits and bread.
Find the recipe at What Smells So Good/Yummy smells.


The Charm of Home made Cranberry Orange Bread--perfect for dessert,
breakfast, or an afternoon pick-me-up with hot tea.
I love the drizzled icing in this photo.

 The Painted Apron's Pumpkin and Pecan Apple Bundt Cake
with Chocolate-covered Cranberries and Pepitas
offers a little twist on the beloved Bund. It looks dense and delicious.
I wish I had a slice right now!


21st Century Housewife's Apple-Cinnamon-Yogurt Cake
is so pretty it could be a centerpiece--and it looks absolutely delicious.
April's recipes are always wonderful.

The Holiday Red Velvet Cake at Susannah's Kitchen looks ambrosial.
And the presentation is gorgeous. This dessert would be the hit of any holiday dinner!

During the holidays, I'll be showcasing your Foodie Friday recipes.
If you'd like to have your photo spotlighted in upcoming posts,
just leave a comment.
Thanks so much for reading and visiting Rattlebridge. I can't wait to see what you've cooked up this week.
Have a great time visiting the blogs who have contributed recipes.

**If you're visiting from Pinterest, please do not "pin" images from this post;
go to the source blog.  You can do that by clicking on the name beneath the photo. Thanks!

If you'd like to add your recipe to the Foodie Friday linky party, locate the blue Inlinkz frog (below). Add your permalink and select an image. It may take a few seconds for the entry to process. A red X on your photo allows you to delete your entry if you make an error. The Foodie Friday badge is located on the right-hand sidebar if you wish to add it to your FF post.
If this is your first time to participate in Foodie Friday, a tutorial is available.

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  1. What wonderful features, Michael Lee! Thanks for hosting and now I'm going to check out the poppers tutorial.

  2. Thank you for the feature! So many beautiful foods here, fantastic to be added to this! Thank you for hosting!

  3. So many tempting features! I was looking at Christmas Crackers today, I need to pop over and look at your tutorial :) Thanks for hosting!

  4. Mary, after my cracker mishap, I am ready to try again. This recipe looks good, doesn't it?

  5. So many inspiring things to make. I love that cranberry-orange bread with the icing being drizzled. Yum.

  6. I seldom, if EVER, have anything to share, but please know that I LOVE this blog. Maybe in the New Year I'll try to have something to offer! Thank you for such a wonderful site!

  7. Nancy, you are so kind to say that--you made my day!

  8. Hi Michael Lee,
    Your features are lovely, and great photos. Your Christmas Crackers look like so much fun and a great project. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  9. Thank you for being our lovely host! This has become one of my new favorite parties :)

  10. Oh Michael Lee! Thank you so much for featuring my 4 ingredient Apricot Chicken. You're so sweet. Can't wait to see all of the Foodie Friday recipes over the next few weeks. Thanks always for hosting.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  11. Michael Lee, I was going to make your easy cheesy bread today and discovered I was out of bacon. During Thanksgiving I hosted my family and 10 people stayed the weekend. We ate all the bacon during the many breakfasts I cooked.

    Will get some tomorrow and do that recipe. It looks so good.


  12. I love the renovation pictures. It looks like its coming along. The outside lights were beautiful.


  13. Christmas is fast approaching. I love the idea of the candy in the rolled up funnels. And you know I love England.


  14. Hi, Shirley--Thanks for your comments about the remodeling project!

  15. Hi Michael Lee! I wish I had a recipe to contribute. I just cook pretty simply and have nothing to fancy to offer. But I sure know where to come when I need something special.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. I have to tell you this..I squealed when I saw you had visited and comment on LoblollyLane.

    I appreciate you hosting this fun party,FOODIE FRIDAY.

    Love the gingerbread house...the features are fantastic,dawg-gone this is some gorgeous foodies.

    Now I'm hungry...fixn' to get in the kitchen and try some these lovelies.

  17. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

  18. OMG, these images are making me very hungry. What gorgeous offerings!
    Your Christmas in London must have been magical. I love the idea of crackers. A group of girlfriends have dinner together for the holidays and we always have crackers. Perhaps I should make them for this year and personalize the little treats inside. Thanks for the idea!
    Happy Holidays to you and your family........sarah

  19. Oh,the way you describe everything makes it sound like it is beyond delicious! Thank you so much for the feature! I want to make everything! I am going to start with your poppers, I host our annual family Christmas Eve lunch/brunch feast and have been wanting to add poppers so this is the year! Thanks so much!

  20. This is the first time I've visited your blog. Love it! Thanks for hosting the party, too. :)

  21. Thank you so much for hosting! Have a wonderful week!

  22. I left link #43, Easy Meal: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. It's a great way to use up leftovers.

  23. I love visiting your blog, this is one of my favorite parties to attend. I love your large photos. The Christmas Crackers look like a great fun thing to do as a family!

    I've linked up my Brown Sugar and Spice Muffins.

    I wish you a wonderful weekend!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

  24. Thank you for this party
    I wish you a wonderful and blessed weekend :)

  25. Just scrolling down the fabulous photos made soooooo want to try each one! Happy Holidays to all!

  26. Thank you so much for featuring my Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Cake, and for your very kind words! What a lovely start to my weekend :) All the features look so delicious, what wonderful recipes! Thank you so much for hosting, and have a lovely weekend!

  27. Oh boy that apricot chicken is calling to me, even at 5AM! Thanks for adding my popcorn to this yummy list Michael! Have a great weekend:@)

  28. What a nice surprise to find my cranberry sauce among these gorgeous creations. Thank you Michael Lee. I eyeing those tacos. I adopted Texas as my home once and will have to make those.

    Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday. I don't know how you manage to do it with all of the other projects going on in your life, but we are sure goad you do! Have a great weekend.

  29. Thanks for hosting a fab link up again - i hope my recipes are good enough to be featured here some day :D x

  30. What a fabulous group of recipes. Can't wait to try some. I linked an Indian spiced tomato lentil soup. If it meets your standards, I would love to be featured on your site some day.

  31. Thanks for the mention!!! Hmmm.. today's post also has a wine glass in it. I think I'm seeing a trend here :)

  32. Thanks for featuring me! Hope you enjoys the broccoli cobbler as much as my family did! Have a great weekend!

  33. Thank you so much for hosting! I'm sharing a recipe for beans and rice and a wonderful molasses cupcake recipe that I just discovered in a new cookbook. Have a great weekend.

  34. Thank you for the Linky Love, sweet friend!!! I hope you try my Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    ~Marilyn (aka e-Mom)

  35. Hi Michael Lee, thanks for hosting, enjoy your weekend :)

  36. What beautiful foodie features!!! I'd be happy and honored to let you include StoneGable Holiday Granola Bars in your highlight next week. Thanks so much for asking! Now off to visit the yumminess!

  37. Would love my humble sauteed carrots to be featured. What a sweet and generous thing for you to do.

  38. Thanks for hosting.

    Shared my recipe for “(Magicless) Magic Hard Shell Topping”

  39. Hi~I am sharing my Candy Cane Divinity today. This is my first time here, and I may be here awhile. There are so many wonderful things to see.Thank you for hosting.

  40. Thank you again for hosting and for featuring my Zucchini Slice! Was awesome to see it appear as I was scrolling down the page.

    Look forward to going through this week's links.

    Take care

  41. I shared a recipe for crockpot bone broth. So nourishing and you can sneak it into so many winter recipes!

    Thanks for hosting!

  42. OMGoodness, all of these features are fabulous and making me hungry!!! I am not a foodie, don't make anything real gourmet so never feel like I should join in this fabulousness. But I so enjoy getting some of these recipes. Thanks so much for this wonderful party, ML. XO, Pinky

  43. Thanks so much for hosting and a huge thank you for featuring my Creamy Potato Soup recipe. I am honored to be included in this group. Hope you have a wonderful week!