Speculaas

Yes! I admit it,  I am late, I apologise. The good news is even though these cookies are traditionally eaten in Holland and Belgium last night, they are also enjoyed the whole Yule season. St Nicholas is the patron saint of brewers, sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves and pawnbrokers, just to name a few. But […]

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Think of this as the start of an idea. The final finished product will depend entirely on what unique bits and pieces you bring to the project and how many little hands get their fingers in the mix. Hot chocolate on a stick can be finished up for a child’s stocking in a cup with […]

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Tipsy Persimmon Loaves

Persimmons are full of Vitamin A, just over half of the daily reccomended amount actually and just under one quarter of the suggested daily amount of Vitamin C. They are also a good source of fiber and manganese. Don’t let not having persimmons stop you from making this loaf though. You can substitute apple or […]

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Lemon Cheese/Curd

When something is expensive and not easy to get, it is always a good idea to find a way to extend the flavour in some way. I did that this summer with my handful of cascade berries that were turned into liquour and then chocolates. It allows more people to share in the bounty. Originally […]

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Lebkuchen

Trading with other countries brings exciting new things from distant places and the spice trade is one example. Once Marco Polo and others went off traveling, the world of anise, cardamon and other delights opened up. European cities that had strong trading economies were first to see these spices and explore the possibilities. The first […]

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Anise and Hazelnut Biscotti Bit(e)s

Following up on the theme of smaller portions from yesterday, Biscotti is one of those items usually served in fairly large pieces, usually with the intention of dipping it in coffee and wine. Originally a close cousin in purpose to hardtack, biscotti fueled the Roman soldiers in their quest to dominate the known world. Twice […]

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Chocolate Cheese Parfait Shots

At this time of the year there can be just sooo much goodness out there. Gatherings after get togethers followed by open houses. One way to offer options to all those invited is to serve smaller portions, allowing your guests to sample while not filling up on any one thing. This recipe being mostly cheese […]

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Sunrise on Winter Solstice Morning Cookies

There are lots of cookies out there, decorated for Christmas that we know come from older traditions. This is a cookie design suggestion just for winter solstice. In the Celtic calendar there are eight festivals that celebrate the turning of the seasons (wheel). They are the equinoxes, solstices and the days half way between, so […]

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Cranberry Almond Caramel Crunch

About fifteen years ago the original recipe, called Almond Roca, came my way and I wish I could remember who it came from as then I would know who to tell the next time I am once again asked to NEVER make it again. I added dried cranberries and chocolate drizzle to the original recipe […]

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Graham Cracker Decorated Houses (no gingerbread here)

If you are well and truly in the middle of the rush of the season, then things are probably beginning to drop by the wayside. As time gets squeezed, that four day plan to build an architectural marvel doesn’t bring the same happy thoughts. I am going to suggest that building memories is far more […]

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