December 2008

Cheesy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

It seems like everyone has their own go-to appetizers for potluck type parties. If you don’t have a good hot dip on your list then you definitely need one. I have a few. I like this one because it’s different than the standard spinach-artichoke dip that a lot of people bring, yet is has the same warm, gooey, cheesy appeal. You can make it with regular monterey Jack too, but I love the flavor you get from pepper jack cheese. …

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Holiday (And Any Other Day) Cheeseball

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had horrible “morning” sickness (read 24-hour sickness) for way longer than should be allowed. It was a horrible, vicious cycle where I didn’t eat because I couldn’t tolerate the thought and then I’d feel more sick because I hadn’t eaten. Believe me, it was excellent birth control…just remembering it makes me think twice before reproducing again. So anyway, just after I started my second trimester and still feeling miserable (but hungry), I …

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Orange Ginger Cookies with White Chocolate

Is it cheating to post a recipe that isn’t really a recipe, but rather just a slight variation of a recipe you posted a couple of months ago? Maybe. But as Kate mentioned in her last post, we’re also technically supposed to be sitting around in our pajamas right now on a blogging vacation, so isn’t this better than seeing a big note that says “See ya next year!”? Hopefully so! I also thought this would be a good one …

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Candied Walnut Salad

Before I tell you what’s in this salad, let me tell you a tale of a Christmas party a couple of years ago. I was assigned to make salad for more than 100 people and this salad immediately came to mind. “Ooh, I know, I know!” I said. And I told the people in charge what was in the salad. “Hmmmm…I don’t know…a lot of people don’t like those things…” “Just trust me,” I told them. They were hesitant. There …

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Honey Red Wine Vinaigrette

So we couldn’t, in good conscience, only post sweets leading up to Christmas! Actually, we don’t really feel that badly about our coma-inducing barrage of goodies, but this two-part recipe is so festive, fun, and delicious that we couldn’t leave it out. It’s perfect for a fancy Christmas Eve dinner or a neighborhood potluck, a great accompaniment to a ham, or topped with grilled chicken breast for a meal at home with your family. What is this magical mystery? It’s …

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Guest Blogger :: LollyChops!

We’re so excited to have Lolly from LollyChops here today! The best part is that you’re ALL going to get a fun freebie- yes, all of you! Lolly entered the blogging world only a short time ago and already has a huge following. It’s not surprising though, with all of the amazing things she creates over there. One of my favorite things she does is make great tags, labels, cards, etc. All formatted for printing at home. Earlier this week …

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Dipped Pretzel Rods

One of my favorite things to decorate and give away at the holidays is dipped pretzel rods. They’re easy, relatively inexpensive, and universally loved by kids and adults alike. One of the greatest things is that you can customize them according to tastes and holidays–in October, I made dark chocolate/white chocolate magic wands dipped in colored sprinkles. For this go-around, I was inspired by everyone’s caramel apple suggestions and REALLY wanted to do caramel, white chocolate, and cinnamon sugar for …

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Posted in Cookies, Sara
Sugar Cookies

A confession: My name is Sara, and I am a sugar cookie snob. I’m not afraid to admit it anymore! I used to try to pretend I didn’t care and stuff down dry, cakey, flavorless cookies with a smile. I even got a little offended when some of my friends alluded to said snobbery. But I’ve changed my ways and decided that I’m going to wear it like a badge of honor. My plan is to change the world one …

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Tutorial: Cookie Decorating with Glace Icing

I consider myself to be a pretty good artist. My education and profession (okay, back when I had one) is in the design field and I’m pretty good at the crafty stuff. I also think I’m a decent cook, so I figured with those two things going for me, decorating fancy sugar cookies would be right up my alley. Imagine my surprise (not to mention shattered ego and broken self confidence) when I attempted to play around with royal icing …

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Almond Poppy Seed Bread

So the first year my husband and I were married, my sister-in-law Stephanie gave us a little box of homemade Christmas candy and I loved it. I also realized that I was suddenly in the realm of Christmas treat-giving. How grown-up. Anyway, inspired by Stephanie (who makes awesome toffee, by the way. And check out her cakes), the next year I decided to make Christmas treats for our friends and family. In fact, I think Stephanie and I made them …

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