Archive for December, 2007:

Dec
19

Peppermint Bark

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Disclaimer: I made this one up based on other barks I’ve tasted; it’s not an official recipe, but it works! 2 bags white chocolate morsels 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate morsels 10 candy canes, chopped (in a bag, pounded with a meat cleaver on the counter, very high-tech) Parchment paper In a glass mixing bowl, melt […]

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Dec
19

Ginger Creams

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1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup molasses* 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup shortening 1 egg 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon *(to cut down on the molasses taste, we mixed 1/4 cup molasses with a 1/4 […]

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Dec
19

Choco-Nut Bark

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1 bag slivered almonds 1 tablespoon butter 2 bags semi-sweet chocolate morsels 1/2 bag shredded coconut Melt butter in frying pan and lightly toast almonds. Set aside on a plate with paper towels under and over the nuts to soak up excess butter. Allow to cool. In a glass mixing bowl, melt the dark chocolate […]

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Dec
19

7th Day of Christmas

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“On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Seven Swans of Swimming…” Ok, apparently swans are symbolic of seven gifts – like wisdom, understanding, counsel and fortitude – changing us from ugly ducklings into graceful adults. Admittedly, I was a shy duckling (certainly not ugly) and a quiet observer, but somewhere […]

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Dec
18

Wine Cake

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1 box yellow cake mix 1 package instant vanilla pudding 4 eggs 3/4 cup oil 3/4 cup cream sherry 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg Mix together all ingredients and bake in a non-stick bundt pan at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. When cool, dust with powdered sugar. Makes 8-10 servings

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Dec
18

Italian Biscotti and Frosting

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8 cups flour 8 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar 2 cups Crisco 4 eggs 1 cup milk 2 tablespoons vanilla (preferably clear vanilla) Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a very large bowl. Stir with wire whisk to blend thoroughly. Add the Crisco. Cut it in with a […]

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Dec
18

8th Day of Christmas – New Family Traditions

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I was a bachelor for the past decade and my cooking efforts were basically limited to TV dinners, microwave popcorn and making coffee (scratch that last one, I pretty much always went to Starbucks.) But happily, my diet took a healthier turn for the better when I got married last spring and moved in with […]

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Dec
17

Italian Spice Cookies

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1/2 stick butter 6 tablespoons shortening 1/4 cup sugar 2 eggs 8 ounces chocolate syrup 2 1/2 cup sifted flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon anise extract 1/2 cup chopped nuts Blend butter and shortening until smooth. Add sugar, beat […]

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Dec
17

9th Day of Christmas: Why not deck your cookies with bows of holly?

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One of my favorite Christmas traditions is our cookie decorating party. A few weeks before Christmas a group of family and friends get together to decorate cut-out cookies that are baked the night before. It’s mainly an activity for the kids who have as much fun decorating as they do eating their creations. But when […]

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Dec
16

10th Day of Christmas: My Day-After Christmas Dinner Disaster

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As many of you know, Christmas and the holidays are a time for friends, family and food. My group of five friends and I have a close relationship: we’ve been friends for more than 10 years and have become as close as brothers. For that reason, two years ago, we decided to make our own […]

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