Bites from other Blogs

  • Holiday entertaining wouldn’t be the same without a variety of appetizers to nibble on before the main course of a roast or other hearty dish is served. Baking Obsession‘s Prosciutto Parmesan Puff Pastry Straws are an excellent choice if you’re looking for an appetizer that is crispy, buttery, cheesy and has a savory pork element to it. The straws start with puff pastry, which is rolled into long, thin twists around layers of parmesan and proscuitto. They look elegant and the flavors will keep you coming back for seconds and thirds (even if you’re not enjoying them at a party!).
  • Another recipe that is perfect for entertaining is Cheese Bikkies from Vanilla Garlic. The shortbread-like dough has butter cut into it to give the crackers a crisp and slightly flaky texture and it is packed with flavorful parmesan and cheddar cheeses. Once the dough is made, it is rolled into logs and chilled – just like slice-and-bake cookie dough is – so that the dough is easy to slice into perfect rounds for baking. The crackers are at their very best when they are fresh, so bake them off shortly before serving.
  • Butter cookies are versatile cookies that can be dressed up with all kinds of flavors. The Pecan, Vanilla Bean and Rum Cookies from Cannelle et Vanille are definitely dressed up for a party. These shortbread-like, gluten-free cookies look simple but have a lot of flavor to them. A whole vanilla bean is scraped into the cookie dough, which is enriched with pecan meal (finely ground pecans). A splash of rum gives the cookies a more grown up flavor, so you can easily bring these out after a dinner party and impress a crowd in spite of their simple look.
  • Citrus and Candy‘s Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate is an adults-only drink that clearly captures the spirit of the holiday season. Mulled wine is typically red wine that has been steeped with flavorful spices and is then served warm. For this recipe, rich, homemade hot chocolate is infused with cinnamon, anise, cloves, rosemary and orange before being spiked with red wine. The flavors blend together in an unexpected and lovely way, creating a warming drink that is ideal for celebrating with on a cold night.
  • Sugar Plum assures us that making homemade Almond Toffee is a much easier task than it sounds like it would be. Toffee is crisp, sweet and buttery, and while it can be good any time, it is even better when homemade because you can put your own little twist on it. This recipe comes with two variations. The first option includes sliced, toasted almonds and is topped of with swirls of white and dark chocolate. The other is a peppermint version, where the chocolate-covered toffee is topped with crushed mint chocolate cookies and bits of peppermint.

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