Baked Camembert Wreath

Happy Holidays!!!


The Tree is Trimmed…so it must be time for Prosecco, Pear Nectar, Ginger Liquor and Pomegranate Arils.…a delicious concoction….Try It IMMEDIATELY, you won’t be disappointed!


These Rudolph Pancakes for the kids Christmas Eve Breakfast were a hit!!!  And pretty simple to make.  Bacon Antlers, Banana and Blueberry Eyes and a cute Strawberry (or Raspberry) Nose <3

Happy New Year to You and Yours!!!

I don’t know about you, but my Holiday was a whirlwind of crazy, happy, exhausting fun.  We ate too much, we drank too much….but, lucky for you, I was constantly making cocktails, apps, food and desserts….it felt like,  24/7.  On the plus side, now I can share them with you!  First, my most requested recipe: Camembert Holiday Ring.  Not only is it stunningly gorgeous, it is simple to make and beyond delicious…… of my biggest party hits this season!  I hope y’all enjoy it as much as we did…a few times!!!  Feast your eyes upon this, and imagine the amazing smells……

Baked Camembert Wreath with Rosemary, Garlic, Honey and Pomegranate Arils

I mean, you have absolutely no idea what a hit and a super huge crowd pleaser this is!  Give it a shot.  The prep is super easy, but the rolls take a LONG time to rise.  Make sure you give yourself 3 HOURS to let the frozen rolls rise, or 2 HOURS if the rolls are thawed.

Trust me, it is worth the wait!!!



Camembert Cheese in box
Frozen Parkerhouse Style Yeast Rolls
Garlic Slivers
Honey to drizzle over the cheese
Fresh Pomegranate Arils

Organic Rosemary sprigs
Organic Cracked Black Pepper

Maldon Sea Salt

Cover a large baking pan with parchment paper (or use a baking or pizza stone). Place the Camembert IN THE BOX in the center of the baking pan. Arrange frozen dough balls into 2 Circles surrounding the Cheese….be sure to leave about a little space in between the rolls and between the circles.  Remove Cheese and Refrigerate until ready to bake. Thaw Rolls in a warm, draft-free area for a hour. Then, allow rolls to rise (double in size) for another 2 hours.
When the rolls are almost ready, its time to prepare the cheese!  Cut slivers into the cheese and stud with garlic slices. Poke small Rosemary branches into the cheese. Drizzle with honey, EVOO, and Fresh Black Pepper. When the rolls have risen and you are ready to bake, brush rolls gently with melted butter. Place Prepared Camembert into the middle of the wreath of Rolls in the cheese box it came in!  Bake 375° for 13 – 15 minutes or until Camembert is melted and Rolls are golden brown. Using parchment paper, slide wreath off onto serving platter, or go for the rustic look and serve as is!  To Serve: Brush Rolls with Butter (yes, again!!!) and sprinkle with Maldon Sea Salt, Pomegranate Arils, and Fresh Chopped Rosemary and a drizzle of fresh Honey (if desired).  TIP: Let Cool for at least 5 minutes before cutting into the cheese….so it has time to set back up a bit and is not too runny.


~ Impress Your Guests, Relax, pour some Prosecco and Enjoy ~


I hope you make this and knock it out of the park!  This does serve a bunch of people, so if it is a small dinner party or cocktail party, you can always use half the amount of rolls and cut the baking time a bit.  Don’t be fooled by the little bitty frozen rolls….they really proof and rise and turn into a generous sized yeast roll!


Can’t wait to share more with you all!

                Merry Merry & Happy Everything!!!


Eat, Drink & Be Kari


Pondering Pomegranates???



  • High in Antioxidants
  • Contains 50% of recommended daily dose of Vitamin C
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Aids Weight Management
  • Prevention of Heart Disease & Cancer (phytochemicals called polypheols)
  • Good for your Whole Body (Heart & Blood Vessels)
  • Fights Cell Damage & Helps Strong Healthy Bones (Vitamin K)
  • Helps Depression
  • Prevents Muscle Cramps (Vitamin B5)
  • High in Fiber & Low in Calories (3/4 Cup has 4 g Dietary Fiber and about 83 Calories)
Pomegranate arils

Pomegranate Arils

The word “Pomegranate” is Latin and means “seeded apple”.  Each fruit contains about 600 seeds called arils.  The arils are edible part of the fruit, not the white pith.  There are numerous methods to harvest the seeds.  I have tried various approaches, and have found my favorite.  The Water Bath Method is what works best for me.  And, I’m happy to share it with you!  Pomegranates are messy and can stain, but if you know how to get the seeds out properly, it is well worth it!  Toss them on salads, overtop meat, pasta or you can also float them in a festive drink!

Look at the vibrant color

Look at the vibrant color

How to Seed a Pomegranate

The Pomegranate

1: Buy a Pomegranate and Locate a Knife

Step 2: Slice it in Half

Step 2: Slice it in Half


3: Admire the beautiful flowerlike design of the Seeds

4: G

4: Get ready a Large Bowl of cool water and quarter the Pom


5: Making sure the Pom quarter is entirely covered by the water, start popping the seeds out with your fingers


6: Don’t worry about being gentle.  Some take a little more force.  Should be clean of seeds when finished.


7: Repeat with other quarters.  The seeds will sink to the bottom and the pith will float to the top for easy removal.

8: Scoop out the floating pith with your hands, and drain seeds into a strainer.

8: Scoop out the floating pith with your hands, and drain seeds into a strainer.

You will be surprised how many arils come out of just one single pomegranate!

9; TaDa!!! You will be surprised how many arils come out of just one single pomegranate!

Pretty Simple, eh?

Now, take the GORGEOUS fruits of you labor, and ENJOY!!!

Now, take the GORGEOUS fruits of you labor, and ENJOY!!!


Making a Festive Beverage

Making a Festive Beverage

Pomegranate Arils, Pama Liquor & Prosecco


(You can also substitute Pomegranate Juice for the Liquor and Champagne or Sparkling Wine for the Prosecco).

And I give you, The Cham-Pom

And I give you, The Cham-Pom