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Speculoos

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Speculoos are thin, crunchy, golden brown cookies that are traditionally baked and served around Christmas in much of Europe. The brown color comes from brown sugar, which gives the cookies most of their flavor. Many recipes will be lightly spiced with cinnamon, ginger and other spices, but the brown sugar is always the dominant flavor so that these don’t turn into just another gingersnap. They’re ... Read More »

Cardamom Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffins

Cranberries are one of my favorite berries to work with in the fall. Their bright color and sweet-tart taste compliments a lot of different ingredients. Dried cranberries are the easiest to use, since you can incorporate them into just about anything, but whole cranberries pack a lot more of a tart punch and also add a lot more color, so I will go out of ... Read More »

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog has a distinct flavor made up of eggs, vanilla and nutmeg that I closely associate with the Christmas holiday season. At this time of year, there are plenty of eggnog goodies to be found, from Eggnog Pie to Eggnog Panna Cotta. One place I don’t usually see eggnog is paired with chocolate. Perhaps people think that chocolate might overpower the flavor of the ‘nog, ... Read More »

Classic Crème Caramel

Creme Caramel

Creme brulee is the dessert of choice at many upscale restaurants, but crème caramel is another classic French dessert that deserves at least as much time in the spotlight. Crème Caramel is a custard that is baked with a layer of caramel on the bottom, rather than added on top as it is found in a creme brulee. You will probably also recognize crème caramel as ... Read More »

Cranberry, Ginger & Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cranberry, Ginger & Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If you ever shop at Trader Joe’s, you’ve probably seen their impressive Pound Plus chocolate bars. These bars are made of high quality Belgian chocolate specifically for Trader Joe’s – and they are a steal when you compare them to other premium bulk chocolate because the only brand that comes on them is TJ’s, so there is no inflation just for the name (it’s Callebaut chocolate, ... Read More »

Cranberry Vanilla Cosmopolitan

Cranberry Vanilla Cosmoplitan

My Homemade Cranberry Vanilla Vodka makes a great hostess gift, but it’s also a colorful and tasty thing to keep around your home bar during the holidays. It’s made with cranberries, vanilla bean and just a touch of sugar to highlight those elements – and it has a beautiful red color that translates very well into cocktails. The cosmopolitan is probably the most famous cranberry ... Read More »

Homemade Cranberry Vanilla Vodka

Cranberry Vanilla Vodka

There are many things you can make at home that are fantastic holiday gifts. I’m always a big advocate for homemade food gifts, such as plates of cookies or nicely wrapped loaves of bread. But food gifts typically need to be used right away and it is nice to give something that has a slightly longer shelf life – like homemade flavored spirits. Making your ... Read More »

Cranberry, Pancetta and Butternut Squash Stuffing

Cranberry, Pancetta and Butternut Squash Stuffing

Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of a big holiday meal, largely because I rarely have stuffing the rest of the year. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing (and the name largely depends on what region of the country you live in), it is a staple for most of us around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stuffing, unfortunately, can get a little bit boring when ... Read More »

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