Another New Trip Plus Turkey Day Recipes

Published: Fri, 11/18/22

The Cooking Mom
November 18, 2022
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Hi Cooking Moms, Dads & Friends,

I hope you all had a great week. Drum roll please. I’m so excited to announce the next Cooking Mom Vacation! Join me on a river cruise through Europe on the impressive Danube river. We’ll visit Germany, Austria, Hungary and more!

A river cruise is THE ULTIMATE way to see Europe. On this trip we are going first class all the way! Uniworld river cruises are top of the line and voted the ABSOLUTE THE BEST! This trip is a great value. Because we are a group I was able to negotiate great pricing. Plus, Uniworld is a TRUE all-inclusive. That means ALL of your wine, beer, champagne and cocktails are included on our cruise. Tipping on the ship and most of our excursions is included too.

We’ll be on the elegant S.S. Maria Theresa. The cabins are bigger than most and the ship is so beautiful! The food, wine and breathtaking scenery are also what make this trip so special. There are only 150 passengers on board, so it's an intimate, wonderful experience. The staff on our ship will take care of our every need.

We’ll spend 8 glorious days cruising the Danube. The itinerary is marvelous! You’ll have the chance to visit a small family winery in Austria that produces some of the best Riesling in the world. We’ll also get a private concert and opera performance in Vienna. We’ll visit Budapest. At night, the city is all lights. It’s one of the most splendid places I’ve ever seen!

Before we board the ship, I’ve planned something really special. We’ll fly out July 27, 2023 to Munich, Germany. It’s one of my favorite cities. We'll do a German pub crawl, go to a beer garden and so much more. I timed this trip so we’d be there for an authentic German Festival. It’s like a mini Oktoberfest. It’s so much fun! Bring on the giant pretzels, grilled sausages and giant steins of German beer!

Click The Cooking Mom Vacations - Danube River Cruise 2023 to read more and see more pictures. Click Danube River Cruise 2023 for the full itinerary and pricing to book this trip. Call Sara from Rose Travel at 720-884-7913 or email her at if you’re interested or have questions. I hope you’ll join me on this trip of a lifetime!

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away! I can hardly wait. I’m still not sure how many people will be at our table this year. I think we’ll have a good size group. Whatever the number, my plan is to make this Thanksgiving simple but delicious!

I like to put out a bunch of snacks earlier in the day before dinner. We like to watch football, play board games, and just hang out together before the big meal. My hot Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip is a real hit. Looks so pretty in a bread bowl and it's so good!

My Sweet Little Pigs are a family favorite. You just gotta make these this holiday season. So yummy!

I love Brie cheese! My Cranberry Crostini with Brie look so fancy but they are so easy. Just a few ingredients. They are a great way to use leftover cranberry sauce too. Click Appetizers for more finger food recipes.

Speaking of cranberry sauce, instead of the stuff in the can, why not make your own this year? It’s so much better! My recipe for Cranberry Sauce is super simple. The orange zest makes it extra special. Makes the house smell amazing too!

Thanksgiving dinner is over before you know it. That’s why I try to make it last as long as possible. I like to start out Thanksgiving dinner with a nice, colorful salad. My Poached Pear Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing is so fresh and pretty. Easy too! You can make the dressing a few days ahead. What a sumptuous salad for your Thanksgiving buffet!

Don't forget the sweet potatoes! Why not make them extra delicious this year? My Praline Sweet Potato Casserole has a tempting crunchy topping. Your family will love it!

This year why not free up oven space and make my Slow Cooker Stuffing? Got a big crowd coming? Just double the recipe. I make it extra delicious by adding a pound of cooked, crumbled sage breakfast sausage. So good!

This year why not free up oven space and make my Slow Cooker Stuffing? It’s really good. You can add cooked crumbled sausage and sautéed mushroom to make it even more delicious!

If you want to change up the green beans this year, why not go fresh with my Green Beans with Red Peppers and Almonds. They are my FAVORITE!

Don’t want to do a big turkey this year? I get it! My Cranberry Chicken Bake takes less than 5 minutes to throw together. It’s so yummy. We love to serve it with my Cranberry Couscous!

Click Sides, Dinner and Slow Cooker for more delicious recipes.

Finally, for dessert, instead of pumpkin pie, why not make my Ginger Snap Pudding Parfaits? That way you don't have to fuss with a pie crust. Plus, everybody gets their own dessert. So special!

Or watch the kiddos light up when you put out my Turkey Cupcakes. They'll gobble, gobble these right up. In fact, why not get the kids in the kitchen to help decorate them? What fun! Click Desserts for more of my favorite treats for the holidays.

Amy's Cookbooks Make Great Gifts!

It's that time of year. If you're looking for a colorful cookbook filled with easy breezy recipes, I think you will love my cookbooks for gifts. Each one is filled with nearly 200 unique recipes. Lots of secrets, tips and fun stories, too! Click Amy's Books on Amazon to order.

The Cooking Mom Vacations! Announcing 2 New Trips!

Join Me in Italy in September 2023!

Besides cooking, I love to travel! I’ve started hosting amazing vacations. The Cooking Mom Vacations are really special and different from the rest! I’m going back to Italy in September 2023! I hope you’ll join me. I’ve been working hard to plan every last detail to make it the best trip ever! Instead of 7 days, my next trip to Tuscany will be 8 days to give us a little more time to see and do even more. The trip is going to be INCREDIBLE!

We’ll fly out Friday night September 8th and spend 8 nights in the most beautiful Tuscan Villa resort. We’ll do and eat it all. We’ll tour vineyards and taste the best Italian wines. We’ll visit several charming Italian towns and the big wonderful city of Florence too. We’ll take 3 different cooking classes to learn how to make authentic Italian dishes like homemade pasta, tiramisu and so much more. Get ready to dive in to the best gelato in the world! We’ll even go truffle hunting and get to enjoy a tasty truffle pasta lunch. After Tuscany, you’ll have the option to stay a few days longer with me to see Rome and the Vatican!

If you're interested, don't wait! This trip books up quickly. It ALWAYS sells out! We have a limited number of rooms and I don’t want any of you to miss out on the fun. I hope you’ll all join me for this trip of a lifetime. Cheers to traveling and eating our way around the world together! Click 2023 Trip to Tuscany to get pricing and full itinerary, and to book your spot! To read more about the trip click Join The Cooking Mom in Tuscany 2023.

Join Me for a Danube River Cruise! We’ll Visit Germany, Austria and Budapest in July 2023

As I wrote above, in 2023 I'm going to recreate some magic for you on a river cruise through Europe! This trip is a great value too. Click The Cooking Mom Vacations - Danube River Cruise 2023 to read more and see more pictures.

Don’t miss out on this FANTASTIC trip! It truly is the trip of a lifetime. All my trips are book up quickly so, if you are interested don’t wait! Hope you’ll join me so we can eat our way around the world and make some wonderful new friends and memories. Click Danube River Cruise 2023 for the full itinerary, pricing and to book this trip. Call Sara from Rose Travel at 720-884-7913 or email her at, if you have questions.

WE GOT MORE ROOMS! Join Amy Summer 2023 on Mackinac Island for Lilac Fest!

My trip to Mackinac Island in June 2023 SOLD OUT immediately, but we were able to get a few more rooms! Mackinac Island, Michigan is one my favorite places. There are no cars on the island, just bikes and horses and carriages. It’s so charming. It’s like you’ve stepped back in time. We’re staying at my favorite place, Mission Point Resort, voted one of the BEST on the island and in the Midwest. It’s AMAZING! We’ll be there for 4 magical nights June 12-16, 2023 during Lilac Festival. The whole Island is covered in lilacs. It’s so gorgeous. It smells beautiful too! Click Join The Cooking Mom on Mackinac Island to get pricing and see lots of pictures.

Read all about the fun we’re going to have and the delicious food we are going to eat. Hotel rates on the island have sky rocketed but my trips are group trips and because of that we can negotiate the best deals. We worked hard to get the absolute BEST rates possible for lots of included things, like your ferry ride to the island, gourmet cooked-to-order breakfasts every morning at the resort, a wine tasting and lunch on our drive to get to the island, a big wine and cheese party, a delicious welcome dinner and more! It’s going to be a blast! You can get pricing and book directly by clicking on this link Book Your Spot!

Click Culinary Vacations with The Cooking Mom to see what makes my trips unique and different from the rest! Call Sara from Rose Travel at 720-884-7913 or email her at if you’re interested or have questions on any of my 3 upcoming trips. Stay tuned! I’m planning more WONDERFUL trips for 2023 and 2024 right now. Email me at and let me know if you want to get on my list for exclusive early trip announcements. I want to know where you want to go, too. Let me know!

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I hope you all have a great weekend! Cook up some memories!

Take care,
Amy, The Cooking Mom

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