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Bundt Panettone

Bundt Panettone

¬†Panettone is a sweet yeast bread that originated in Milan, Italy. Served most often at Christmas, though it is also baked for other occasions, the tender bread is baked as a tall round (either a cylinder or an octagon) and filled with things like raisins, candied citrus and nuts. Sometimes the bread is spiked with a bit of rum or another liquour, or else the ... Read More »

Cranberry, Feta and Avocado Salad

festive looking greens

Hearty and hot foods, from roasts and stews to soup, are definitely the order of the day during the winter. They warm us up and give us enough energy to fight the cold when we have to go outdoors. Of course, here in Southern California the cold that I’m fighting is nowhere near the cold elsewhere in the country, so I like to mix in ... Read More »

Orange and Pecan Sugar Cookies

pecan cookies and blood oranges

For just about every holiday, there are some flavors that just seem to naturally fit right into the overall feel of the season. Christmas in particular has a lot of flavors associated with it, as families often stick with the same traditional foods year after year. Cranberry Orange bread is a staple not only for my family, but for lots and lots of the people ... Read More »

Eggnog Cupcakes

eggnog cupcakes

‘Tis the season for eggnog, that nutmeg-spiced, custardy, boozy beverage that is so popular around the holidays.¬†It tastes delicious and is oh-so-rich. The richness, unfortunately, keeps me and most of my friends from drinking more than a very small serving at a time. To further enjoy that eggnog flavor, I decided to turn the drink into a batch of holiday cupcakes. My first impulse was ... Read More »

Peppermint Marshmallows

minty 'mallows

Ever since I first started making homemade marshmallows with a Thomas Keller recipe a few years ago, I’ve been hooked. I can’t count the batches of marshmallows I’ve made or the cups of hot chocolate that I’ve dunked them in. Plain vanilla is unquestionably my favorite, but even a marshmallow-lover like myself gets a little bored once in a while. It didn’t take me long ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Blondies, as I have mentioned before, are a kind of bar cookie that spans the gap between a regular chocolate chip-type cookie and a brownie. They are typically made with a plain (i.e. nonchocolate) dough that has plenty of mixed in chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruits, but have a dense and fudgy texture that is most often associated with brownies. My inspiration to make ... Read More »

Caramelized Onion Bread

Caramelized Onion Bread, full loaf

Caramelized onions are one of those great foods that are incredibly simple to prepare but pack a tremendous amount of flavor. To make them, all you really need to do is cook thinly sliced onions over a low or medium heat (usually with some fat, oil or butter to keep things moist) until the onions become very soft and take on a golden brown color. ... Read More »

Coconut Shortbread

coconut shortbread fingers

I find that there are generally two types of shortbread cookies: thin, crispy ones and thick, buttery ones (A third type of shortbread cookies would be the “bad” ones, but I won’t even get into those – who wants to hear about bad cookies when you can hear about good ones?). I like both and while I am partial to the crispness of the thinner ... Read More »

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