Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

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A holiday favorite, Hash Brown Casserole is traditionally made with canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup.  Not this version, all the ingredients are from scratch for a healthier, lower sodium side dish you won't feel guilty about feeding your family.  Still rich and creamy, but an elevated version of the classic dish. One of everyone's favorite side dishes and still topped with cornflakes, of course. :-) You know I'm all about the sides.  Holiday dinners always have the most stellar … [Read more...]

Triple Berry Baklava Bites

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Delicate little pouches of heaven, Triple Berry Baklava Bites are crisp and sweet.  Filled with a blend of dried berries and nuts, sweetened with honey and the perfect size for popping in your mouth.  One bite and you'll be hooked. Baklava is a gift from the gods. The Greek gods if I remember correctly.  My recollection of Greek mythology is a bit fuzzy these days since my obsession with all things Zeus and his clan waned about 20+ years ago.  Yep, I'm old.  But that's probably when my … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

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Buttery and crisp, these festive cookies will leave a lasting impression.  Little ones will love their fun shape and everyone will love their sugary, buttery flavor.  A great project to get the kids to help with! I had the opportunity to, once again, participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  If you're not familiar with the cookie swap you're in for a real treat!  The swap is sponsored by two food bloggers, Lindsay and Julie, along with California Olive Ranch, OXO, Sheila's … [Read more...]

Chocolate Turtle Biscotti

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Rich, crisp, chocolate biscotti drenched in creamy caramel and dark chocolate, sprinkled with chopped pecans and dipped into a steaming mug of coffee or cocoa.  There's no better way to start, or end, the day. My obsession began last year.....the biscotti obsession.  A trip to the Lancaster Central Market in downtown Lancaster, PA was what started it.  I visited a booth that had the most enticing and drool-worthy biscotti I've seen in like.....forever.  And each jar was filled with any … [Read more...]

No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Light and crispy chocolate wafers dipped in peppermint-infused white chocolate and then sprinked with crushed candy canes.....these are the ultimate holiday cookie.  Easy to make with only four ingredients and no baking required.  You will have trouble keeping these around. Catalog season is upon us my friends.  It's serious.  I have piles of kindling lying all over the house because I want to give them all a chance to win my love. But I can't keep up.  Seriously.  Everytime I open the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Eggnog Bourbon Sauce

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Rich, creamy and decadent....this Pumpkin Bread Pudding is welcome anytime of the day.  A wonderful way to use up leftover bread and so easy to make. I know we're kinda past the pumpkin part of the year, it seems like everyone clamors to get pumpkin spice out of their system by Thanksgiving and then it's gingerbread All.THE.THINGS, all the time.  But....I missed the boat this year.  I was so busy getting my cranberry on that I forgot about pumpkin.  And I don't even think I had one bite … [Read more...]

Apple Butter Cheesecake Streusel Bars

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These soft and chewy cheesecake bars are topped with apple butter and a sweet pecan streusel.  Easy to make and a fantastic way to mix up your usual holiday cookie tray. Apple butter takes me back to my childhood....not really in a super, fantastic, epic kind of way.  More in a... I had it in a sandwich once and took one bite.  One. Bite. I starved for the remainder of the day....well, that's how I remembered it in my child-sized mind.  For the record, my mom didn't make me this sandwich. … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

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Inspired by the popular holiday coffee flavor at Starbucks, this cupcake is full of spice and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting made with eggnog.  A great addition to your holiday dessert table or just to have as an extra special treat during the holiday season. Many years ago, like two....I wasn't a coffee drinker.  I didn't start my day thinking about coffee and I didn't need to hook up to an IV filled with coffee like I do now.  (Note to self, must quit coffee immediately.) … [Read more...]

No Fail Pizza Dough

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Think it takes hours to make pizza dough from scratch?  Think again.  Just a couple of ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time will reward you with perfect pizza dough every single time.  Pizza night will never be the same again. Homemade pizza dough was on my culinary bucket list for years.  I tried several variations with a billion types of flour and was always left with a chewy, puffy crust.  Not a fan of puffy crust...not a fan at all.  I like a thin crisp crust, one with some … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seed Toffee

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Drenched in toffee and covered in chocolate, pumpkin seeds are turned into a unique and addicting fall treat.  A great hostess gift for upcoming Halloween parties or just to have for drop in guests.   Every year I dump some chocolate chips on some kind of toffee.  One year it was Saltine Cracker Toffee....or Christmas Crack as it's commonly known.  Last year, I poured that molten, sugary concoction on a pile of pretzels to make my Chocolate Covered Pretzel Toffee....yep, it was a great … [Read more...]