White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

December 12, 2014
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Gingerbread is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday flavor.  I love the combination of spices and rich, sweet molasses, which seems to become more intense a day or two after baking (if, in fact, whatever I have baked lasts that long.) It’s fun to come up with new uses for gingerbread, other than the standard.. read more →

Chocolate Orange Pecan Kugelhopf

November 30, 2012
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In my family, Christmas breakfast is just as important a meal as is Christmas dinner.  This could be because we aren’t usually done unwrapping our gifts until just before it’s time to eat dinner, so we rely on our morning meal to sustain us through the day (along with a healthy dose of snacking on.. read more →

Gingerbread Pear Pocket Pies

November 15, 2012
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One of the cardinal rules of food blogging (or any blogging, for that matter) is: Never start a post telling your readers, “I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been very busy.” Well, I don’t know who had the authority to create this blogosphere no-no, but whoever you are, guess what?.. read more →

Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Lemon-Glazed Almond, Anise, and Cranberry Biscotti

December 29, 2011
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I’ve been baking Christmas cookies for as long as I can remember.  I give you Exhibit A:       Groovy shirt, huh?  Too bad I’m sitting, so you can’t take in the whole outfit.  It had matching pants, and I also owned the whole look in brown.  My hair seems to have some sort.. read more →

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Macarons

December 9, 2011
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“What are you making?” Eric says with mild interest as he wanders into the kitchen in search of Fritos, his current snack obsession. “Macarons.” “Oh, I love macaroons.” “No, not macaroons. Macarons.” Blank stare. Silence. Resumes search for Fritos. I then go on to explain that the beloved macaroons to which he referred (I love.. read more →

Pumpkin Gingerbread Doughnuts

November 18, 2011
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Much like my dad, I have a weakness for doughnuts.  Unlike my dad, I cannot eat as many doughnuts as I want without turning into a doughnut.  If you inherit the weakness, then it should be a given that you also inherit the metabolism, right?  *Sigh*  So unfair.     My dad is particular to.. read more →

Holiday Entertaining: Gingerbread Creme Brulee

November 4, 2011
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Broken items in our home don’t tend to become fixed items until it is absolutely necessary for them to be fixed. It wasn’t until we had guests coming over for dinner on the patio that we deemed it “necessary” to mend the outdoor speaker system, which had been a problem for months. So Eric spent.. read more →

Peanut Butter and Julie’s Favorite Things for 2010 (and a holiday muffin recipe!)

November 30, 2010
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It’s not easy living in Oprah’s shadow.  I mean, she gave her audience a cruise.  She gave her audience a car that won’t even be available for another six months.  She brought her audience the Black Eyed Peas.  She brought them a holiday medley performed by Johnny Mathis and Josh Grobin at the same time. .. read more →

Rich Brownie Cupcakes with Candy Cane Buttercream

December 13, 2009
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Well, apparently that last post took a lot outta me.  It did take me something like a bazillion hours (roughly) to put together, so a brief blogging hiatus would be expected.  But here I am, a full two weeks later, writing my next post.  Where-oh-where did the time go? To be fair, I’ve had quite a.. read more →

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

November 16, 2009
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Well, I did it.  After many, many unsuccessful, albeit well-intentioned attempts, I finally got it done.  It took a great deal of bravery on my part, but somehow I made it through the process without falling to pieces or passing out. Yes, I chopped 6 inches off of my hair. You ladies will understand how I feel. .. read more →

Oversized Cherry-Chocolate Soda Bread Muffins

March 3, 2009
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According to the site sodabread.us (I guess sodabread.com, sodabread.info, and sodabread.net were already taken??),  my recipe is not really soda bread if it contains baking powder, sugar, and/or embellishments such as dried fruit or chocolate chips.  Technically, it should be referred to as either “spotted dog” or “railway cake.”  Mmmmm…….railway cake, now that sounds yummy!  It’s a wonder that.. read more →

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie with Spiced Maple-Nut Ice Cream

November 9, 2008
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When I go to Dietsch’s (dee-chez) ice cream parlor in Findlay, Ohio with my grandpa, I know for certain that he will order a scoop of black walnut.  Eric never eats dessert, but if key lime pie is on the menu, he will make an exception.  For my mom, a bowl of fresh red raspberries.. read more →

White Chocolate Walnut Gingerbread Blondies

November 7, 2008
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There are certain fine dining establishments, The French Laundry and Guy Savoy for example, at which having dinner is not simply a meal, but more like a marathon.  To qualify for “the race,” you must first score a reservation.  This is almost an impossible first step, usually involving secret reservation phone numbers, a friend of.. read more →

Stollen (German Christmas Bread)

December 19, 2007
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Because I am a “foodie”, one of my favorite things to do when I travel is browse the learn about the traditional foods of the country that I am visiting.  During my recent trip to Germany, I loved having the opportunity to see (and sample!) all of the wonderful European breads and pastries that the.. read more →

Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

December 18, 2007
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I just returned from a ten day trip to Germany with my mom, where we visited the Christkindlmarkts, the Christmas Markets, which are held each year all over the country during the advent, the four weeks preceding Christmas day.  The markets, which are generally held in town squares and pedestrian areas, all vary in size.. read more →

Decorated Gingerbread Cookies

December 13, 2007
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A holiday cookie assortment would not be complete without the addition of gingerbread people.  Their individuality, complements of “the artist”, their smiling faces, and their friendly waves help each one of them to take on a personality of their own.  Whether you plan to bring them to a holiday cookie swap, keep them at home.. read more →

Moist Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes

December 3, 2007
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My most recent cookbook purchase, for my already ridiculously large collection, was one called Confetti Cakes, written by one of New York City’s hottest custom cake decorators.  The book contains cakes that are perfect replications of everything from a Chinese take-out box to a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes and the box that they came.. read more →

Mom’s Hot Fudge Sauce

November 25, 2007
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Right now, most of you are probably exhausted from a whirlwind holiday weekend full of relatives, eating, drinking, and shopping, and are ready for a little rest and relaxation.  Is that too much to ask?  I’m afraid so.  Might I remind you that Thanksgiving is just the kick-off of the busy holiday season and that,.. read more →

Gingerbread Waffles and “THE” Bacon

November 17, 2007
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So I think that it is safe to say that over the past two weeks, I have pretty much covered all of the traditional Thanksgiving recipe categories.  All of them, that is, except for the green vegetable.  I’ll have a stellar brussels sprouts dish (no, that is not an oxymoron) for you on Monday.  Let’s.. read more →

Decadent Chocolate Cranberry Torte

November 13, 2007
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I always like to serve a chocolate dessert option at Thanksgiving.  True, the traditional flavors usually include pumpkin, apple, or pecan, but let’s be honest:  Is chocolate ever really out of place on any menu??  I actually first made this luscious torte a few years ago, for Christmas Eve dinner, but it would be great.. read more →