Homemade Grand Marnier Clone

Mmmmm. Oranges.  I love them.  Dearly. I’ve even been known to eat the peels of oranges, candied or not; minus the pith, of course! Orange is one of my favorite flavors to add to baked goods, hot drinks, custards, and more.  Sometimes that’s easily accomplished by squeezing a little wedge of orange into or over [Read On]

Chai Latte Tea Concentrate

I love tea. Part of the reason tea charms me so is the power it possesses to transport me to another place or time.  Whatever the stress, boredom or weariness is that hangs over me, it falls away in the time-honoured ritual of brewing and sipping a cup of tea.  In the best circumstances this [Read On]

Pimiento Cheese

This is the second installment of my Southern New Year’s Foods series.  Happy New Year! Really, The Evil Genius and I complete each other. While I sit here on the couch with the laptop, contemplating pimiento cheese, he is watching ‘Alien vs. Predator’ and talking about which characters he thinks will be eaten. So see? [Read On]

Yuletide Spiced Brandy Liqueur

It’s time to get cozy. ~~  ~~ The air has progressed past crisp to chilly and will soon be downright cold. The leaves have finally given up their tenuous grasp on the trees and -with one final gust of nearly winter wind- fallen to insulate the grass and ground against the coming snow. ~~  ~~ [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]

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]