Candied Dried Orange Slices

Candied fruit always seems to be a Christmas-only specialty that the local baking wizard produces for potlucks and gifts before he/she vanishes with a puff of smoke, not to be seen again until next year. Well, that doesn’t work for me. It’s too hard to find good dried and candied citrus slices for my tea […]

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Chocolate Candy Cane Bark

Chocolate bark is fast and easy candy, it makes a great gift, it’s flexible ingredient-wise, and even I can make it! Candy cane bark is my traditional gift to family and friends. I get requests for it every year, starting at around October. Sometimes I change it up with nuts, fruits, or even popping candy.  […]

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Cherry Almond Mini Tarts

This is the easiest holiday party food I’m making this year. There is very literally no baking or cooking involved. These tarts are as simple as: open; build; serve! Pleast note:  do not make these ahead of time. The pastry cups will wilt. This recipe makes 12 mini tarts. Cherry Almond Mini Tarts Ingredients: 1 Can […]

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Hot Chocolate to Lift Your Soul

If you’ve never tried adding chili powder to your chocolate, trust me, this will change your life! The tradition of adding chili to chocolate is prehistoric.  People who know about these things estimate the combination extends as far back as 350 B.C. when the Aztecs and Mayans fermented cacao beans, added chilies, and drank it. […]

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Amazing Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

Apple butter holds a special place in my heart. It was my Grandma’s favorite thing in the world, and I’ve always felt close to her when I eat this simple, silky smooth, fall treat. Apple butter doesn’t have to be as hard to make as everyone says. Dump everything into your crock pot or dutch […]

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Pumpkin Pie

Oh yes. Oh yum! Who’s ready for Fall and some smooth, silky, pumpkin pie? I like mine with cinnamon and ginger and nutmeg, but there are about a thousand different ways to zing up and spice up a pumpkin. I’ll start with my favorite, and add more later. I’ll take requests! Pumpkin Pie Ingredients: You […]

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Pumpkin Pie Filling From Scratch

If you are determined to make your pumpkin pie filling from scratch, I admire you. Hopefully, this will make it easier: Ingredients: 1 Medium-Sized Pumpkin 1 Cup Vegetable Oil 1 Pinch of Finely Ground Salt 1 12 oz Can of Evaporated Milk 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon of Ginger 1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg 3 […]

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