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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Cold Brew Fever

Here we are again, back on my favorite subject – my unrepentant addiction to coffee. I’ve jumped on the cold brew bandwagon. Every time I hear or read about it, I’m told how complicated and difficult it is to make cold brew. There are step by step instructions to make cold brew properly all over […]

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Lucky New Year Hoppin’ John (Black-Eyed Peas)

Yes. I’m superstitious! Mostly, I make up my own superstitions, but once in a while, I buy into the traditional stuff. On New Year’s Day, devotedly eat my black-eyed peas to ensure a very good and lucky year ahead. The practice of eating black-eyed peas for good luck on New Year’s Day dates back to […]

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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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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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Snowman Canapes

These are wonderfully simple but so cute that everyone will make comments about it. You can also have a little helper on these. Great recipe for the mini-yous to learn on. They’re adorable, but they’re yummy, so they disappear fast. Snowman Snack Bites Ingredients: Cream Cheese Baby Carrots Black Olives Chives Ritz Crackers Instructions: Fold […]

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Christmas Meat Pies

I love meat pies! It doesn’t have to be Christmas to make them. The flakey, crunchy crust, the savory filling, the spices, the gravy, the warm smell of meat pie filling the house – it all just makes everything cozy and right. These take about 2 hours to prep at first. The more you make […]

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