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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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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Sweet and Spicy Green Bean Pickles

I’m an unrepentant pickle nut. At some point in the past, one of my ancestors must have had vinegar for blood because my people will pickle anything. I thought about doing something creative and unexpected with cucumbers to start, but I’ve been craving these green beans for weeks, so we’re just gonna dive right in! […]

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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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