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    Gourmet Smoked Tea Marshmallows

    Homemade marshmallows make a wonderful gift for candy lovers and hot cocoa enthusiasts. These puffy treats are infused with lapsang souchong tea, which gives them sweet, smoky flavor. Winter months are made for enjoying warm flavors, and pine-smoked lapsang souchong tea has been a favorite lately. I was inspired to whip up some smoky tea […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Mocha Latte Cheesecake Bars with Gingersnap Crust

    Coffee enthusiasts will love these espresso flavored cheesecake bars. A hint of chocolate in the filling gives the bars richness, and a gingersnap cookie crust adds seasonal flavor and crunch. Holidays seem to be the time to have an extra 13×9-inch pan (or two) on hand, because ‘tis the season to feed a crowd! The […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Mint Cream Truffle Cupcakes

    Rich devil’s food cupcakes are filled with fluffy mint marshmallow creme and then generously topped with mint frosting. A scatter of holiday sprinkles make them festive, and each cupcake is crowned with a single dark chocolate mint creme truffle. I couldn’t let December pass without celebrating one of the most popular flavors of the season! […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Eggnog Fruit Cocktail Pie

    First introduced in 1956, this retro Eggnog Fruit Cocktail Pie is making a comeback! It features a creamy eggnog filling studded with colorful sweetened fruit throughout. I enjoy reading through vintage cookbooks and discovering new (old!) recipes that might just be serviceable for today’s taste buds. But many recipes, particularly from the 1950’s, seem to […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Stained Glass Sugar Cookies

    It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a big batch of sugar cookies (, or !). These were a lot of fun to make, and so pretty we wanted to hang them on our Christmas tree. It’s amazing how easy the stained glass effect is to achieve – anyone can do it, and I’ll show you […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake

    Tangy sour cream coffee cake is layered with sugared cranberries and almonds for a true taste of the Christmas season. This recipe makes two 8 inch cakes, one to give and one to keep! Cranberries have been a common theme on this blog ever since they came into season. First there was  (which I’ve made […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Spiced Honey Pear Pie

    Pears are at their peak in fall and winter, and this pie is a wonderful way to make practical use of the harvest. The pear’s subtle sweetness is enhanced with ginger and honey, and balanced with a buttery black walnut crumb topping. December is National Pear Month, so here’s a great way to celebrate! This […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Mediterranean Cheese Ball Bites

    These bite-size appetizers are loaded with the savory-sweet flavors of Parmesan, bacon, fig and toasted nuts. They make lovely appetizers for holiday cocktail parties, or delicious additions to charcuterie boards. Each year on Christmas Eve my mother hosts a family get-together with a menu filled strictly with appetizers. I’ve already decided that these mini cheese […] LEGGI TUTTO