Recipe :: Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies

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I have several cookie recipes in my holiday-recipe arsenal that never disappoint and Martha Stewart's Molasses-Spice Cookies are near the top of the list.  They are moist and chewy and have tons of flavor.  I like to make them into mini cookies (makes 64 mini cookies) using a small spring loaded scoop.    Click here for the recipe:  … [Read more...]

Stylish Secret :: Dress Up Your Chairs for Christmas

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Who says you have to be at a formal event to have a beautifully decorated table?  This holiday season, dress up your tablescape with inexpensive slip covers and festive ribbon sashes for your chairs.  Using a 4" thick satin ribbon, some clippings from your tree and a pine cone (faux snow frosting spray paint optional), you can make your own chairs … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Brown Rice Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese

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  In writing about Thanksgiving side dishes, it occurred to me that I should share one of my favorite grain salad recipes, which I have made for Thanksgivings past and regularly serve at any fall/winter brunch.  Here's the story behind this holiday-worth salad.  Several years ago Bouchon Bakery had a fall salad that knocked my socks off.  It … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Mesclun Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

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Winter salads can be boring.  My solution is to add a special ingredient, like roasted butternut squash.  Roasting brings out the sweetness of the vegetable and gives it a great texture.  Adding a good balsamic vinaigrette and candied walnuts or pecans (buy Pecan Pralines if you don't feel like making them yourself) make this salad absolutely … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Peppermint Brownie Sundaes

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Give brownie sundaes a seasonal twist by topping them with peppermint stick ice cream and chopped peppermint bark.  Use your favorite brownies or make a batch of molten chocolate brownies (my favorite - see the index for the recipe) to use for these delicious sundaes.  It's a casual and homey dessert that is sure to tickle everyone's tastebuds this … [Read more...]

Game Day Menu

Hosting a super bowl party is one of the easiest events to host - the center of attention is a game and casual food is expected.  Don't let the ease of the party ruin your imagination for hosting a hip game-day party.  Here are a few ideas for a hip super bowl spread that will score you some major points.   Super Bowl Menu   Kickoff Maple Spiced … [Read more...]