Homemade Seed Crackers

Sooooo… Did I mention that we had more than 30 people in our home to celebrate Ty’s birthday? (A.K.A. New Year’s Eve.  Such a helpful and cooperative baby… He was our little tax deduction.)  And did I mention that with the notable exceptions of the rocking hummus my sister made and the fudge from my friend [Read On]

Warm Quinoa Pilaf

Contrary to what you might assume from the recent lack of posting, we have not dropped from the face of the Earth.  I have merely been draped over the couch in my jammies with stacks of books, knitting needles and yarn, empty cookie plates and dirty dishes piling up around me.    I have spent the last [Read On]

Apricots, Almonds and Chocolate: Foodie Gift #23

In rounding up the bits and pieces from all my Christmas Baking (See Foodie Gift #21), I find that I have a couple dozen pretty dried apricots, half a cup of toasted slivered almonds and a half bag of semi-sweet chips. I also have a few minutes, so I’ll do a very quick and easy [Read On]

Bacon and Horseradish Dip

From as far back as I can remember, Christmas Eve was all about snacking–we would have a table loaded down with various cold meats and cheeses, special dark and light rye and pumpernickel breads, my mother’s Christmas punch, lots of chips and crackers with accompanying dips and spreads, and of course, platters of cookies. While [Read On]

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 [Read On]

Honey Caramel and Coconut Chocolate Bars: Foodie Gift #20

I think this might be a case of saving best for near the last, except that I didn’t know they’d be so dadburned good when I made them last night.  I didn’t even really plan on making them, but I had to play with some coconut I had in the pantry.  My sister’s kids have [Read On]

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 [Read On]

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 [Read On]