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Asian Cheese Ball

  I am so excited about this recipe, mostly because it’s so yummy and takes little time and not much effort to put together. And while I think it’s perfect for Christmas with its festive green outer shell, how nice would this be for New Year’s Eve?  The inside is a mixture of cream cheese … Read More »»

Kahlua Cashew Pralines

  Pralines! We all think of them having roots in the South, especially Louisiana and more specifically New Orleans. However, pralines are one of the most popular recipes adapted from old French traditions.  The Ursuline nuns, who settled in New Orleans in 1727, were in charge of young women sent over by France to marry … Read More »»

Lemon Pepper-Rosemary Marcona Almonds

  It’s that time of year when cocktail hour takes on a whole new meaning. Our calenders are filled with open houses, celebrations big and small, and dinner parties, just because it’s the festive thing to do.  The appetizers served set the tone for every affair. Best thing about these almonds, they are both easy … Read More »»

Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate with Frozen Peppermint Whipped Cream

  Are you still making hot chocolate from the store bought mix? This winter season, try something different. Make it from scratch, with real chocolate. It’s a totally different taste experience. And there’s a good chance you won’t go back to a mix. And honestly, this doesn’t take much longer (unless you are using instant). … Read More »»

(Giveaway) Parm Crusted Pork Chops with Buttermilk-Sage Gravy

It’s always a toss up when it comes to a main dish on Christmas Eve. It depends on who’s coming over, what we feel like eating and what are the plans for the next day. It changes every year. And I’m okay with that. These Parm Crusted Pork Chops would be perfect, holiday-perfection, comfort food. … Read More »»

Favorites From The Past

Overnight Panettone-Eggnog French Toast

  Is everyone familiar with panettone, a sweet, Italian bread loaf, full of candied orange peel and raisins? It comes in a very tall, lofty box we only see at holiday time.  I am always excited to get my first one of the season. It’s the perfect accompaniment to my afternoon coffee. The texture is … Read More »»

Holiday Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

My kids beg for chocolate covered pretzels every holiday season. We have been making versions of these for years and years. Sometimes it’s just the long rods with sprinkles, or the thick “pretzel shaped” ones.  They are another easy, easy addition to the holiday cookie platter. And they look so pretty too. We made so … Read More »»

Double-Chocolate Peppermint Bark

If you’ve waited until the last minute and still haven’t conjured up any treats for the holidays, this is a real quick one to throw together. I have loved peppermint bark since I tasted it at Williams-Sonoma many years ago.  However, when I found out how easy it is to make, I have been making it … Read More »»

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