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Sugared Lavender Almonds

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Sugared Lavender Almonds
Sometimes the best things are also the simplest ones. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine brought out a jar of almonds and encouraged me to try one. The nuts were shiny, well-toasted and appeared to have been tossed with coarse sugar. They were Sugared Lavender Almonds and they certainly prove that …

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Parmesan Palmiers

Parmesan Palmiers
Puff pastry is a handy thing to keep in your freezer and I always have a package or two on hand. I like to keep it around because it is so versatile and can be turned into a variety of sweet and savory treats very easily. Palmiers are probably my favorite easy, sweet …

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Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

There is a well-known Cuban bakery in Los Angeles called Porto’s that I visit regularly. They make everything from breads to cakes, and offer both sweet and savory options. Their best seller is a deep fried potato ball that is stuffed with a savory mixture of meat and veggies. The potato balls …

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Homemade Gorgonzola Cheese Crackers

Gorgonzola Crackers

Bright orange cheese crackers were one of my favorite school yard snacks growing up. These days, my tastes have changed slightly and I enjoy cheeses of many colors, but I still enjoy cheese crackers. Fortunately, I no longer have to rely on little, square orange crackers to get my fix because I …

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Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce
Homemade cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions, though I make sauces multiple times throughout the holiday season every year. I always enjoyed the sweet-tart flavor of cranberry sauce growing up, but usually only bought a jar for Thanksgiving. Once I realized that the sauce is so easy to make – …

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Sweet & Spicy Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet & Spicy Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are one of the byproducts of carving pumpkins in my house. Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds have a mild, nutty flavor to them that is enhanced when they are roasted, so I typically toast my pumpkin seeds to serve as a snack when pumpkin-carving is completed. That being said, …

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How to Make Homemade Ketchup

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How to Make Homemade Ketchup

You probably have a variety of condiments in your refrigerator right now. At the very least, there are probably a few jars of mustard, a few bottles of sriracha or other hot sauces and some ketchup. Condiments like these are not items that we usually think of making from scratch, but it …

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Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs
I’ve always enjoyed deviled eggs, but I find that I’ve been eating them a lot more often than I used to. This is because deviled eggs – though never really out of “style” – are going through a bit of a renaissance and I’ve been seeing them on more and more menus over …

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