Spicy Glazed Nut Mix: Foodie Gift #21

Okay, we’re getting down to the finish line here, and if you are like me, you have found that you have missed a couple of folks you wish to gift, and today is NOT a day you want to spend going shopping. So, you have to take a look at what is left from all…

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Last Minute Quick Breads: Foodie Gifts 18# and #19

They don’t call them quick breads for nothin’!  Here are a couple of recipes I’ve used to great acclaim over the years, and my source for these is my mother–a great baker in her own right.  These two breads in particular have been appreciated as Christmas gifts by my own family, and I just shipped…

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Never-ending Vanilla Sugar: Foodie Gift #17

A jar of vanilla sugar is one of the most underrated and sublime items to keep in your pantry.  A sprinkle on top of cookies or muffins, or in coffee or tea takes something that’s already good and transforms it into something amazing.  If you’re wondering how to procure this ambrosia I have a couple pieces…

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No-Cook Mint Patties: Foodie Gift #16

I remember coming across this recipe years ago–it was an instant hit then, and its been the same in all the years I’ve shared it since. These creamy, buttery mints are easy to put together, store well, and make a lot, so there is plenty to share. I usually make a double batch at a…

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Provençal Fish en Cocotte with Garlicky Tomato Sauce

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My Dad called me up the other day and gave me a piece of his mind.  “Where are the healthy recipes for folks with dietary restrictions like me?  Your stuff looks great, but there’s a lot there I can’t eat.  People need healthier recipes, too.”   “Sure, Dad,” said I.  I offered to get to it…

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Hot Crab Dip: Foodie Gift #13

Only have a few minutes in between things to do today, but I thought I would pop this in–makes a nice quick hot appetizer for unexpected company, and a nice gift for friends who might like this kind of dish. As a gift, pack the spread into a jar or place it in an appropriate…

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Homemade Nut Butters: Foodie Gift #12

Nutella was only the beginning….I’ve made homemade peanut butter for some time now — I buy 30 pound bags of Valencia peanuts and our PB is cheaper and fresher and better than what we could find at the store. It is good, quick and easy, and while I’ve made foods that incorporated pulverized cashews, almonds, pecans,…

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Homemade Nutella: Foodie Gift #11

Okay…I love hazelnuts, I love chocolate, sugar ain’t so bad, I’m okay with vanilla as well.  Soooooo….I’m loving this recipe for homemade Nutella-like butter which is amazingly close to the original product in texture and in taste. I could not believe it when I found it–Nutella has been a favorite treat for many members of…

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