New Year’s Eve means Champagne in our house, but it also means eggnog (or if you prefer, egg nog). We’ve made quite a few different recipes over the years. Some are linked below, including a low-calorie option. This year, we’re looking forward to this spiced chocolate eggnog recipe from American Heritage Chocolate. The recipe uses […]

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[1] You can build these crisps on any base you like. We chose toasted ficelle*, a long loaf of French bread that’s narrower than a baguette (photos #1 and #2 © Cambria Style). [2] Buy extra figs and place them in a bowl for those who’d like some fresh fruit. [3] Divina fig spread is […]

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[1] The recipient gets a certificate suitable for framing…and then updates until the cheddar cheese arrives (photos #1 and #2 © Rent Mother Nature). [2] This maple syrup comes from “your” sugar maple tree. [3] You’ll get updates from your goat, and then her cheese will arrive (photo © Laloo’s Goat Milk Ice Cream | […]

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It’s ironic that National Sangria Day is celebrated in the gray cold of winter*, when it’s traditionally considered a summer drink. But December 20th is National Sangria Day, and more sangria fans have been enjoying it year-round. As the recipe below shows, you can easily turn sangria into a winter refreshment. Get seasonal with the […]

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[1] A dazzling Christmas ginger cake with gingerbread house cookie decor (photo © Bruna Branco | Unsplash). [2] A homemade gingerbread cake, decorated with gingerbread men and cranberries (photo courtesy Violife | Facebook). [3] This simple but elegant layer cake from Molly Yeh is a white-iced layer cake covered with coconut, and garnished with marzipan […]

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People who love to cook will appreciate this gourmet dried mushroom sampler from Melissa’s, an online purveyor of fine fruits and vegetables. Their Mushroom Medley Sampler contains individual packages of five gourmet mushrooms: Chanterelles Morels Oyster* Porcini Shiitake   When these varieties on hand, there are many opportunities to add great flavor your cooking at […]

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[1] Churros made with the San Diablo Artisan Churro Maker (photos #1 and #2 © San Diablo Churros). [2] This tube-shaped device turns the dough into churros, ready to fry or bake. [3] Party idea: a Fiesta Churro Bar, with DIY sauces and garnishes. Here’s the recipe (photo © BHG). [4] How about spicy churro […]

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Wait! Don’t run! We’re not talking about Aunt Patty’s brick-in-a-box. Here’s a stunner of a book by Jason Schreiber. It’s Martha Stewart prime pick (she wrote the foreword). It’s not the cookbook you might imagine. The book could just have easily called Fruit with Cake, or Cake and Fruit, or even Rad Fruitcakes (note that […]

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[1] Enjoy a cup of matcha effortlessly, with Cuzen Matcha (photos #1 to #5 © Cuzen Matcha). [2] You can turn the whisked matcha into a hot or iced latte. [3] The ground matcha leaves drop into a cup of hot water, where they are whisked into a froth with a magnetic whisk. [4] Dried […]

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