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 [Read On]

Provençal Fish en Cocotte with Garlicky Tomato Sauce

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 [Read On]

Christmas Pickles (a.k.a. Fire and Ice Pickles…) Foodie Gift #14

Have you seen ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean’?  I love Mr. Bean.  If I weren’t married to the suave and debonair Evil Genius I might have a crush on Mr. Bean.  I’m just that kind of dork.  And one of my favorite Mr. Bean lines ever comes from this , my favorite,  episode.   Can someone please [Read On]

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 [Read On]

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, [Read On]

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 [Read On]

Deep, Dark Chocolate Truffle Brownie Bites: Foodie Gift #10

It is only fair to warn you that if you give these as gifts or take these to cookie exchanges that you will most likely be expected to repeat the performance every year thereafter.  I’ve been making these for a couple years now.  I have a friend, who shall remain unnamed, who hosted a cookie [Read On]

Gingerbread Biscotti With White Chocolate and Nuts or Crystallized Ginger: Foodie Gift #9

  The boys and I spent yesterday afternoon at the home of our friends, the Cooke family.  Dave Cooke is our local United Methodist pastor.  He lives nearby with wife, Heather (the hostess with the mostest), and son, Ben (who says some of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.)      Heather bravely invited my entire crew [Read On]