Recipes

EGGNOG DOUGHNUTS

If you asked everyone for their favorite Christmas movie, I have to imagine that White Christmas would be right at the top. The music, sung in Bing Crosby’s baritone along with Rosemary Clooney’s sultry, smoky voice, is the true star here, especially against a sort of classic Hollywood plot – performers band together to put on a show and save […]
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HOT TODDY

Like a hot water bottle in tumbler form, this cocktail is soothing and warm. It’s an oldie but a goodie, and the perfect canvas for extra spice and citrus. Enjoy! HOW TO MAKE A HOT TODDY: INGREDIENTS For 1 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) bourbon 1 tablespoon mild honey 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup boiling-hot water DIRECTIONS Put bourbon, […]
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COCONUT SNOW CLOUDS

Cloud cake is the perfect name for this lighter than air recipe. It tastes as though it needs a weight attached to the plate to keep it from floating off the table. Unlike a pavlova, this layered dessert is made with a soft, spongey meringue, and layered like a small cake with spiked whipped cream. Flakes of barely toasted coconut […]
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CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT MARSHMALLOWS

This is one of those classic combinations that may seem a little boring, but you know what? It works. For these marshmallows, I went the extra step of adding a dark chocolate marble on top with chunks of candy canes. It makes them super pretty and stocking stuffer ready. Enjoy with your favorite hot cocoa (Find my recipe here).  INGREDIENTS […]
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CHICKEN PIE

Chicken pie makes me think of rainy days, sweaters, and curling up with mom on the couch to watch Jeopardy. This is such a homey, simple dish, and what I love about it is that you can add whatever left overs you like to it: peas, carrots, kale, sausage, cheese, odds and ends of all kinds. This isn’t a super […]
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ROASTED SQUASH SOUP

Consider this the anti-classic sweet potato side dish. Yes, it’s filled with that squash-y yammy sweetness, but without the marshmallow intensity you’ll find with most side dishes. Subtly spiced and all about the vegetables, this kabocha squash, yam, and celery root soup, with hints of smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander, is the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup olive […]
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FRENCH HOT CHOCOLATE

I stumbled across this recipe for an especially elegant sounding hot chocolate in one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, The Gold Cookbook by Louis P. DeGouy, 1947. I love the idea of having hot chocolate ready to go at a moment’s notice, and discovered that this mix makes a delicious hot fudge sauce as well. I keep a big jar […]
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O.G. GINGERBREAD COOKIES

O.G. Gingerbread cookies are a must. You can’t bake these without it immediately feeling (and smelling) like Christmas. This is a super simple, super classic recipe, with very few bells and whistles. But you know what? Sometimes things don’t need a clever twist, sometimes they’re perfect just the way they are. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS For about 4 dozen cookies 3 1/4 […]
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THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS SOUP

Leftover quesadillas, leftover hash, and of course leftover sandwiches are my family’s go-to Thanksgiving hangover meals. But this year, I think I have a more healthful, comforting solution for what to do with all of that extra turkey. This soup is similar to a simple chicken noodle soup, but it’s flavor comes from the herbs, spices, and definitely the fennel […]
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