Death by Chocolate Layer Cake

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Layers of fudge brownie, mocha mousse, chocolate meringue and rich ganache make up this chocolate lover's dream cake.  Death by Chocolate Layer Cake is the ultimate special occasion cake. Do you know what today is?  National Chocolate Cake Day!  I've been saving this recipe for just this occasion.  The first time I made it was to take to my new husband's parents house for Christmas.  I saw this cake on a show called The Best Of back when The Food Network was still young.  The Best Of was … [Read more...]

Easy Lobster Arancini

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Crispy, creamy lobster risotto stuffed with buttery lobster tail and peas make the most incredibly unforgettable appetizer ever.  Easy to assemble and make ahead, these are worthy of any celebration....big or small. I ate a little too much during the holidays.  I may have mentioned that before.  The cookies, the mouthwatering Chocolate Turtle Biscotti, the Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Eggnog Bourbon sauce....I ate it all.  And now....I have to pay the price.  So, today....I registered for a … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Blondies with Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Swirl

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Soft and chewy gingerbread blondies are swirled with a citrusy, smooth cream cheese filling.  Full of holiday spice, these blondies are a great dessert option for a last minute addition to your holiday menu. I should be wrapping gifts.  I've procrastinated all day  all month long.  I have a pile stacked to the ceiling in the closet in my basement and I just can't seem to get my butt to do it.  Plus, I have this recipe I have to share with all of you.  Because I know some of you are … [Read more...]

Cranberry Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

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A game day favorite, Jalapeño Poppers are all dolled up for the holidays with a little cranberry thrown into the mix and a big piece of bacon wrapped around them for good measure.  Make a batch of these as festive appetizers for Christmas Day or whip them up to munch on during your favorite bowl game this week. I really wanted to hate jalapeño poppers.  I tried my hardest...I just didn't think they sounded very good but my friends ordered them at a bar and once they put that big bowl of … [Read more...]

Create the Ultimate Cheese Board on a Budget

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Wow your holiday guests with a beautiful and inexpensive cheese display this year.  Combining a variety of flavors and textures is easy and a fantastic way to kick off any party. Creating the perfect cheese display doesn't have to be difficult or expensive.  With a few quick tips, you can keep more money in your wallet this year and still have a palate pleasing display to share with your guests.  You don't even have to make a special trip to a cheese specialty shop, most well-stocked … [Read more...]

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...]

Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham

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A sweet and tangy glaze made from Riesling and cranberries is the perfect companion for your holiday ham this year.  This spiral ham is easy and fuss-free, and is excellent paired with the same Riesling you used to make it! Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by CuttingBoard.com.  I received a cutting board to review in this post as compensation. If you're still looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves to cook or spends a ridiculous amount of time in the kitchen (like … [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...]

Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Pecans and Pomegranate

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An easy one-pot side dish excellent for entertaining.  Sauteed brussels sprouts and apples are cooked until golden and topped with crunchy pecans and pomegranate seeds.  Beautifully festive and a healthy alternative to other calorie laden sides. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Lunchbox.  This site will receive compensation for the article, however, my opinions and comments are my own. I used to become ridiculously scattered anytime I had to plan a holiday meal.  I'm not a good … [Read more...]