Holiday Beef Tenderloin


  • 2-3 lbs. Beef Tenderloin Roast
  • ¼ cup Greek seasoning
  • ¼ cup medium ground black pepper


  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Combine Greek seasoning and black pepper; roll roast in rub mixture to cover all surfaces.
  2. Place roast on rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 425°F oven 35-45 minutes for medium rare; 45-50 minutes for medium doneness.
  3. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 145°F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15-20 minutes.(Temperature will continue to rise about 10°-15°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)
  4. Carve roast into slices. Season with salt, as desired.

Herbed Beef Tenderloin with Holiday Rice


  • 1 beef Tenderloin Roast Center-Cut (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup each chopped onion and chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 package (9 ounces) frozen French-style green beans, defrosted
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Holiday Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 pound Ground Beef (96% lean)
  • 1 cup grated fresh zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 green bell peppers, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can (16 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce

Here’s How To Get Free Starbucks This Weekend

From Friday, December 14 to Sunday, December 16, Starbucks is offering BOGO free drinks, so the weekend just got even better.

The promotion is for buy one, get one free espresso beverages (size grande or larger) and hot chocolates (any size) after 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. So treat your friend to a coffee on Friday, and they can return the favor Saturday?

Per usual, you’ll get the offer if you’ve signed up for Starbucks Happy Hour or are a Starbucks Rewards program member. If you’re signed up for Happy Hour, you will get a code via email to use at your local Starbucks, and Starbucks Reward members are notified by email.

Happy sipping!

The Holiday Foods Nutritionists Avoid

Healthier Holidays

During the holidays, it’s easier than ever for eating to become overindulgence. Whether it’s Halloween or Hanukah, there are just so many special treats that you can convince yourself only come around once a year. But there are always healthier options, and even shaving back on a handful of calories during each holiday can make a big difference. To see what the experts do during the holidays, check out what 10 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) skip during the holidays, and the healthier food they opt for instead.

Hershey’s First New Kiss in 10 Years Tastes Like a Warm Holiday Beverage

Well, the weather outside isn’t quite frightful just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about warm evenings by the fire (if you have one of those) with a mug of hot chocolate.

If you’re not in the mindset yet, the Hershey’s Kisses brand sure is. Last week, the chocolatiers behind Grandma’s shiny green-and-red candy bowl announced its first new flavor in a decade: Hot Cocoa.

The new Kisses have a marshmallow cream center, which is surrounded by a “rich hot cocoa plume,” making them an ideal candy imitation of the beloved holiday beverage.

Hershey’s sent Genius Kitchen a bag to try, and we found the candies to be very, very sweet, to say the least. The chocolate exterior did remind us of a solid pouch of Swiss Miss cocoa, while the white center was more milky than marshmallowy. We would have been even more jazzed if the interior was actual marshmallow, but overall we found it to be a solid addition to the holiday candy bowl.

Also available this holiday season will be the traditional Kisses in red, white and green, as well as white chocolate candy cane Kisses. Refreshing!

Hershey’s holiday Kisses will be available beginning November 1st at all major retailers, nationwide.

Lemon Turmeric Sorbet


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Transfer into a covered container and leave for 4 hours in the freezer.
  3. Take the sorbet out of the freezer and whisk to a slushy consistency.
  4. Return to the freezer and leave to fully set overnight.