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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6 Festive Cocktails to Make Your New Year’s Party Ring!

Here we are already! Another year gone, and one more on the horizon suddenly arrived while we were cleaning up the shredded wrapping paper and tossing out the raisin cobbler that odd aunt sent us. Seemingly without warning, it’s time to come up with party favours, snacks, and cocktails for one last fling before this […]

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Winter Wassailing

I’m going to brag. I’m not shy about telling you that you’ll love this wassail. I’ve spent many years perfecting and tweaking it, and it turns out that the best flavors are the simple ones. Don’t restrict wassailing to just Christmas. All Fall and Winter, I make this comforting drink for parties, dinners, or just […]

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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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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 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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Coffee Talk

The people that love you are likely to forgive you for a great many things, but bad coffee is not one of them. There are rules about coffee now. We have professional baristas explaining to us which coffee goes with which food and on what day, even! You can put lemon in your espresso, but […]

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