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5-Minute Appetizers that will Change your Holidays Forever

  I don’t know if your mother was/is similar to mine, but my mom didn’t think she was a good cook. Yet, if you ask any of my siblings or myself what foods we liked as kids, we all have multiple ...

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Bring This to a Holiday Party

No matter what holiday you observe this time of year, there’s parties to attend and along with parties to attend, there’s offers of “What can I bring?” to make so that the party-thrower is likely to ...

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The Twelve Days of Cooking

Holiday shopping got you down? Can’t figure out what to get for the friend/family member/casual aspiring professional chef in your life? The Chopping Block and I are here to help with…

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Mulled Wine: It's So Hot Right Now

  As Christmas approaches, conversations in the kitchen inevitably turn to holiday plans, which Christmas songs we hate the most (Last Christmas, any artist), which Christmas songs we actually like ...

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‘Tis the Season for Sugared Cranberries

  Back in May, I wrote a post about sugared flowers and how wonderfully they can dress up even the simplest cupcake. Well, now that the holidays are upon us, I thought I would talk about another ...

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Rugelach for all of the Holidays

I’ve always loved the holiday season. I grew up in a household that celebrated Christmas and Hannukah, so the month of December was always fun! There was lots of good food and friends and family to ...

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Breakfast Baked Potatoes

I love everything about the holidays, especially cooking for a crowd. Even though I mostly cook for myself on a regular basis, I cook as if I have a family of six! Good thing I love leftovers.

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Homemade Cranberry Pepper Jelly for the Holidays

Growing up, there were two things I could always count on every single Christmas. My great Aunt Selma and Uncle Jiggs would send us a two pound loaf of fruitcake. That would be unwrapped, put out on ...

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Holiday Appetizer: Meatballs with Apple Cider BBQ Sauce

  This year seemed to fly by so quickly, and already the holidays are here again! I watched my oldest son become a teenager and my youngest son become a superstar of several sports. Those glorious ...

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Crema de Vie is No Store-Bought Eggnog

I feel like eggnog is something that people either love or hate, like mushrooms or tequila. Personally, I was optimistic when I had my first taste of seasonal, store-bought eggnog. I opened the lid, ...

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