Holidays/Christmas

Peppermint Pinwheels

December 16, 2016 Christmas

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These festive holiday cookies are made even more tasty with the addition of peppermint. Perfect for giving to Santa, or just eating yourself! 1 large egg 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt Red food coloring paste or gel Beat butter […]

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Peanut Butter Fudge

December 5, 2016 Candy/Confections

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My grandfather used to make batch after batch of different types of fudge for the holidays, and keep them cold in the breezeway of his home. We’d enter the house, and be welcomed by trays of fudge awaiting delivery to family and friends. Our favorite was always the peanut butter variety. 1/4 cup roasted unsalted […]

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Grandma’s Bohemian-Czech Hoska Bread

March 24, 2016 Bread

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Every Easter and Christmas, Grandma Marie would spend the day baking this bread for the family. The day before the Holiday, Pa would deliver a collection of Hoska loaves to the families of their three girls. There would be one large loaf for the family, and smaller loaves for each member of the family. The […]

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Coconut Diagonals

December 4, 2014 Cookies & Bars

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Coconut Diagonals are a favorite holiday cookie that are so easy to make and have lots of delicious coconut flavor. In fact, they’re delicious to enjoy all year ’round – so go ahead and bake up a batch! 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup toasted coconut 1/2 […]

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Homemade Tootsie Rolls

October 22, 2014 Candy/Confections

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I’m a fan of Tootsie Rolls, but I’m not a fan of all the hard-to-pronounce ingredients that they are made of. So, this Halloween, I thought I’d try making a few of my favorite. I dug up this recipe on A Cozy Kitchen blog, and found that it is relatively simple to make, and produces […]

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Homemade Candy Corn

October 4, 2014 Candy/Confections

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This is an Alton Brown recipe that is surprisingly easy to make. Keep in mind, work relatively quickly, otherwise the ‘dough’ may become too hard to shape or cut. I also remind you NOT to cut on your silicone mat, as it may damage the mat. I transferred the dough to a cutting board before […]

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Slow Cooker Holidays

December 6, 2013 Holidays/Christmas

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You call it a ‘crock pot,’ I call it a ‘slow cooker.’ Either way, we’re still talking the same language. And, this season, when thoughts are on roasting pans, carving knives and pie plates, the slow cooker is definitely a must-use for the holiday. Cooking over low heat for a long time is an ancient […]

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The Flavors of the Season

December 1, 2013 Food

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A little oregano, fresh rosemary, cinnamon, freshly ground pepper, vanilla beans, Italian spice blend, kosher salt . . . You name it, you’re probably using it this holiday season. From baking to cooking and from breakfasts to desserts, spices and seasonings are an integral part of holiday foods.This season you will probably use a mix […]

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Essential Roasting Tools

December 1, 2013 Holidays/Christmas

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The menu has been planned, the shopping is complete, and now it is time to get cooking. Whether it is a turkey, a beef roast, leg of lamb or a delicious glazed ham, having the proper roasting equipment on hand will make the process go much more smoothly. And, the results will so much more […]

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Celebrating the Art of Giving: Gifts from the Kitchen

December 1, 2013 DIY

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As shoppers crowd the malls and jam the web in search of the perfect gift for their friends and family, I head to the kitchen to make many of my gifts. Whether it is a batch of cookies for a party, truffles for a sweetheart, or caramel corn for snack time, homemade gifts are always welcomed. […]

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