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]

Golden Crunchy Pickled Onions: Foodie Christmas Gift #7

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, [Read On]

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 [Read On]

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 [Read On]

Simple (and Frugal!) Homemade Hot Chocolate: Foodie Christmas Gift #3

Years ago, when I first was looking seriously into making homemade gifts for sharing at Christmas, I stumbled across a newsletter that had recently begun publication–a housewife in Maine had started sharing ideas on frugality (a.k.a. “tightwaddery”) and I was hooked on some of those ideas from the very beginning. Amy Dacyczyn and all of [Read On]

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

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 [Read On]

Dark Chocolate Ganache

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 [Read On]