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So the holidays are here and we are super excited about it! I love giving gifts and I usually start checking people off my list early. This year is a little different. Because we are far away from home, we are opting for something a little less traditional. This year, we are gifting our friends Grey Goose! Grey Goose is a superior spirit made with high-quality ingredients and it comes in a festive package, making it the perfect gift to share and enjoy! This is also the perfect gift to give to those people on your list who have absolutely everything they need and want.
Grey Goose is a gift that can be shared instantly with friends and family and today I’m sharing with you the recipe for a classic martini! I love making traditional martinis. They are classic, festive and fun and can be made in a short amount of time, making it a perfect drink for a holiday get together. I also handwrite this recipe and attach it to the bottle when I gift it to make it just a bit more special.
Nothing screams, “let’s be friends” like a good casserole and today I am sharing my secret weapon recipe that does not disappoint. I originally shared this recipe when I was contributing to Deeply Rooted magazine and since then, I have been making it every Thanksgiving (and whenever Alex asks for it). This year, I had about five different people ask me for the recipe. So in lieu of all the Christmas dinners ahead of us, and all of the friendships that will be cultivated over a delicious casserole, here’s my Show stopping Casserole!
My show-stopping casserole
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed, broken into small pieces
1 tbs fennel seeds (not needed if the sausage has fennel in it)
3 large leeks, white and light-green parts only, sliced
1/2 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 bunch kale, leaves trimmed and chopped
1 pound stale bread, cubed. I like focaccia or a baguette
1 large egg
2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese, plus 1/4 cup for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter a 3-quart, deep casserole dish. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Add the sausage and cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes.
Add the leeks and squash and season with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook until the leeks are soft, about 3 minutes.
Add the kale, toss and cover until the kale wilts, about 4 minutes.
Add the bread cubes and the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and toss until the butter melts.
Whisk the egg and chicken broth in a bowl until smooth; stir in 1 cup of parmesan and 1 teaspoon salt.
Pour the broth mixture over the bread mixture; cook until the liquid is absorbed by the bread, about 1 minute.
Transfer the bread mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
Scatter the shredded cheese evenly on top, cover and bake for 40 minutes.
Uncover and broil the cheese on top for about 3 minutes.
Watch it carefully or it will burn. Set aside for about 10 minutes before serving.
That’s it. This recipe is so easy and can stand alone as a lunch or dinner. So, make it for your next get together. I promise everyone will want to be your friend. Also, if you make it in a disposable container, you can leave any leftovers and your friends can have it the next day! They’ll thank you for it.
Alex loves collecting watches. He has a huge collection of watches in a variety of colors, design and brands and now he is on a mission to build my watch collection. So, when JORD reached out to us about a partnership, we jumped at the opportunity for two reasons. 1. Alex has a JORD watch that he absolutely loves 2. This Dark Sandalwood and Emerald Frankie series watch is one of the prettiest watches I have ever seen.
It was love at first sight friends. I love the pop of color that this emerald Frankie series watch has and how perfect it looks in front of a Christmas tree. Also, it’s super versatile. I can dress it up or wear it in a more casual setting. I love how it looks with this white chunky sweater… it really pops.
I couldn’t let this weekend pass by without capturing a few moments. Alex was home with us for four days straight and we were all in a vacation state of mind. Really… the laundry piled up, we all went to bed way passed our bedtime and we are all still on a sugar high. Oh what a great weekend it was!
Like these two, learning to share headphones and picking out their music. They love singing along and get so excited when their favorite song comes on.
These two on the keyboard. Emory loves sitting with Alex and playing along to church music. I am pretty sure we have some very musically inclined kids and can’t wait to see how those talents are used later on in life.
We watched the Thanksgiving day parade and face-timed with the grandparents.
Alex sat and read through 15 books with the kids. Over and over until they all filled their love tank. It is always so sweet watching them interact with each other.
We put up our yearly ornament this year. It’s a fun one that commemorates all of the family travel we’ve done this year. Of course, I bedazzled it a little.