12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Diabetic-Friendly Chocolate Crackles

December 3, 2010
Chocolate Crackles

There are a handful of diabetics in my immediate and extended family. And every Christmas I get a little stressed because at the very last minute, I realize that my goodie baskets are not diabetic friendly. And when he’s the one you call when your air conditioner goes kaput in the middle of the Texas [...]

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12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Sea Salt Caramels with Vanilla Bean

December 2, 2010

These are my husband’s absolute, hands-down, no-contest favorite Christmas goodie. They’re also my favorite non-chocolate Christmas goodie. And they’re absolutely delicious: bite-sized, rich, buttery caramels studded with pretty flecks of vanilla bean. They’re sweet, buttery, and salty all at the same time. And addicting. Betcha can’t eat just 5. Every year, we make a few [...]

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

December 1, 2010
Swirly Chocolate-Peppermint Bark

The 12 Days of Homemade Christmas 2010 Looking for recipes for your Christmas goodie baskets? We’ve got 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas coming your way! Up first? A recipe for Swirled Chocolate Peppermint Bark. The contrast is beautiful. 3 pounds total of white and dark chocolates, swirled together, and topped with crushed peppermint [...]

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Project Cranberry-Orange Muffins

November 28, 2010

It’s my turn! I selected this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe: Essence of Orange Muffins. These muffins are an excellent vehicle for beautiful, whatever berry is in-season. And I picked them solely because someone got a little carried away and picked up her weight in cranberries at Costco. And I didn’t want to pick something [...]

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Cranberry-Apple Sauce, Two ways

November 23, 2010

One of my favorite bloggers, Josie of Pink Parsley Catering, blogged a homemade applesauce a little while back that stopped me dead in my tracks. Once I recovered, I headed straight to the kitchen. The Foodie Baby, boy, was she in for a treat! I temporarily retired last fall, so I had “plenty” (ha!) of [...]

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

November 11, 2010
Whole berry Cranberry Sauce

One of my most favorite holiday sides growing up was Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. You know the kind – the ruby-red cylinder of solid jelly that came pre-marked with it’s “just slice here” ridges from the can. It made a distinct noise as it wiggled free and slid from the can. A jiggly wedge [...]

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Cranberry-Red Wine Meatballs

January 17, 2010
Cranberry and Red Wine Meatballs

Meatballs are typically only served in two ways in this house: Meatball Subs or drenched in wine and berries as an appetizer but mostly the former. I joke that my husband has become a meatball connoisseur – he can describe in great detail the subtle (and not so subtle) differences between the meatballs served at [...]

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Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

November 16, 2009
Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Because I could… I had a slice of cake before dinner. I had a slice of cake after dinner. I also had a slice of cake for lunch. Being a grown-up doesn’t always suck One of my favorite baked goodies that we used to sell at my parents’ bakery was a Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake. [...]

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