Archive for December, 2008:

Dec
31

Peanut Butter Bonbons

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Ingredients: ½ cup butter or margarine, softened ½ cup crunchy peanut butter ¾ cup packed brown sugar ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 egg 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 cups semisweet chocolate, chopped 2 teaspoons solid vegetable shortening or butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing […]

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Dec
29

Foodie New Year’s Eve Ideas

Still not sure how you’ll be ringing in 2009? There are plenty of mouth-watering options to choose from right here in Sacramento that will have you ushering in the New Year in true foodie style. See below for a few local foodie events and let us know what your plans are by leaving a comment […]

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Dec
28

Date Bars

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Ingredients: 1 cup unsifted flour 1 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt 2 cups sugar 2 cups chopped dates 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts ½ cup flaked coconut ½ cup melted butter 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract Stir together flour and baking powder; add salt and sugar to flour mixture and stir well. Add dates. […]

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Dec
26

Apricot Macaroon Bars

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  Crust Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup shredded dried coconut   Filling Ingredients: 6 ounces dried apricots (such as Sunsweet Mediterranean Apricots), chopped 1 cup water 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup toasted […]

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Dec
24

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

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Ingredients: 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 ½ cups powdered sugar 1 large egg 1 ½ cups flour ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 pinch salt 1 tub chocolate frosting 2/3 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes or candies Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until soft. With the mixer on low, gradually […]

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Dec
23

Vacuum Cleaner Bars

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup margarine melted 1 package cake mix, yellow 3 large eggs 8 ounces cream cheese soft 1 pound powdered sugar 1/2 cup coconut flaked 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped   Combine margarine, cake mix and one egg. Stir together until dry ingredients are moistened. Pat mixture into bottom of well-greased 15×10 inch […]

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Dec
22

Foodie News Bite

This came across our desktops recently, and we thought it might be of interest to fellow Northern California foodies: http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com/?id=82

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Dec
22

Foodie News Bite

As we mentioned in our last Foodie NewsBite, when we’re not cooking or eating we make sure to keep up on foodie news too. A recent article from Food Navigator USA tells us that 14 percent of the U.S. adult population falls into the category of a “foodie” – defined here as “having an avid interest […]

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Dec
19

Snowball Cookies

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Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened ½ cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract 2 cups flour ¾ finely chopped walnuts or other nuts ¼ teaspoon salt Powdered sugar Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter, powdered sugar and extract in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together. Shape […]

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Dec
18

Gingerbread Cookies

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Ingredients: 5 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon ground cloves 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup light brown sugar (packed) 1 large egg, at room temperature 1 cup unsulfured molasses 1 teaspoon vanilla […]

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