Posts Tagged: gift

Maple Hot Cocoa

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The cookies, cakes, candies and chocolate barks are fine indeed. The crusted roasts still pink and tender inside cozied up to potatoes layered with cheese and bathed in cream satisfy deeply. I will never deny a leftover piece of gently spiced pie for breakfast – pumpkin is a vegetable after all, but the holidays offer… Read more »

Preserved lemons: to give or keep

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Chicken tagine with preserved lemons and olives prepared at a cooking class at the Atlas Kasbah near Agadir. It always seems to catch me by surprise. Before I realize it we have managed to find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season with tasks of getting a Christmas tree, wrapping presents and baking cookies… Read more »

Sweet and Savory spiced nuts

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Life requires balance. Long days of work insist on subsequent days off to re-energize and inspire. Non-fiction reading and classic literature demand the occasional trashy romance novel thrown into the reading mix once in awhile. And most importantly when the sugar intake is high – as is often the case during this season – then… Read more »

Gluten-Free Chocolate Biscotti

I was both honored and slightly frightened when Shauna (Gluten-Free Girl) asked me to bake a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving recipe. I’ve made a few gluten-free items before but they were completely flour-free. This time I wanted to challenge myself and have fun playing with completely new-to-me flours. I love a good challenge. Now I understand that… Read more »

“it tastes like Almond Roca” candy

I will be attending three Thanksgiving dinners this year. I will be wearing stretchy pants at each meal (and probably a cute little dress to cover up the fact that I’m wearing stretchy pants). It may surprise you to know that I don’t do a lot of cooking on Thanksgiving. It’s not that I don’t… Read more »

Vanilla Salt : a homemade gift

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Mother’s Day is approaching rapidly and while I’ve already unwrapped my present in the form of two beautiful and large vegetable beds that my sweet husband made for me, I have the perfect handmade gift for the mother who likes to spice things up in the kitchen. Vanilla Salt. It’s unique, incredibly easy to make… Read more »