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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Golden Crunchy Pickled Onions: Foodie Christmas Gift #7

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These golden rings of crunchy, flavorful pickled onions are just about the perfect thing for topping salads or roast meat sandwiches,  adding a unique touch and pop of color to buffet spreads and antipasto trays, and accompanying cold meat loaf.  Plus, when you’ve fished the very last onion ring out of the jar, the leftover oniony,…

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Viennese Rounds: Foodie Christmas Gift #6

The first time I had these cookies was in the home of a friend in a little college town I lived in for several years. Houghton, NY was the town, and Barbara Woolsey was the friend.  We have lost touch with each other since I left Houghton several years ago, but every time I make…

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Browned Butter Cardamom Cookies: Foodie Christmas Gift #5

First, let me apologize for the continued lack of pictures. As soon as I have camera action again, we’ll get pictures of these up.   One of my favorite Christmas cookies to eat or to give claims many lines of descent:  Swedish nut balls, Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding cakes–I know I’m missing some other…

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Grandma’s English Toffee: Foodie Christmas Gift #2.

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Foodie With Family Gift #2:  Grandma’s English Toffee   English Toffee.  In it’s simplest and most refined form it is the perfect marriage of butter, sugar and chocolate.  And my Grandma’s toffee is toffee at it’s best.  I’m not bragging.  I’m stating a fact.  The toffee itself has only two ingredients: butter and sugar.  She tops it…

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Dark Chocolate Ganache

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Christmas time is my favorite part of the year.  It’s full of seasonal beauty, generosity, kindness, and family.  If you’re like me you have an arm-length list of people to whom you want to give gifts: the kids, parents, friends, extended family, mail carrier, neighbors, U.P.S. guy, pastor, and so on down the line. Are you wondering…

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