Cranberry Almond Biscotti

When I was testing the cranberry almond biscotti recipe, my husband, Frank, kept taking slices off the baking sheet before I could bake them a second time. (Biscotti means twice baked).  A darn good testimonial, wouldn’t you say? This makes a lovely gift from the kitchen, too – pack it with a couple coffee mugs or teacups. Cranberry almond biscotti Maybe you’d like to sub … Continue reading Cranberry Almond Biscotti

From St. Nick to Santa: How it all began

The Man Behind the Story of Father Christmas/Santa Claus Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show about Bible foods and herbs. Keeping with December’s advent theme, today we chatted about St. Nicholas. I found the most interesting information on the whychristmas.com site and with just a teeny bit of editing, I’m sharing that information here. Do check out their site, … Continue reading From St. Nick to Santa: How it all began

Edible Peppermint Candy Tray, Bowls, Ornaments

Carrie Clements remembered this fun craft from a column I wrote last year and couldn’t find the recipe, so here it is. This year we’ll be making peppermint trays and candy canes out of round hard candy mints again. It is so much fun and a great craft to make with the little ones.  Also makes a nice gift from the kitchen, with your favorite … Continue reading Edible Peppermint Candy Tray, Bowls, Ornaments

Turkey/Chicken & No Peek Dumplings

Here on my little patch of heaven, the day has turned bitter cold with winds and a squall of snow. Since I have turkey left over from Thanksgiving, I’m going to make some turkey & dumplings (chicken would work, too). No kidding, this is one tummy warming, satisfying meal. All in one bowl! And if you’ve never made dumplings, no worries. My detailed recipe guarantees … Continue reading Turkey/Chicken & No Peek Dumplings

Cranberry Celebration Salad

My readers are the best! Recently, when I asked readers for help finding and developing cranberry celebration salad recipe for a reader similar to one sold at Kroger Super Market. Many grocery stores sell a similar cranberry salad in their prepared food sections. I was amazed that so many of you responded. But I wasn’t surprised at all by how good the cranberry celebration salad recipes … Continue reading Cranberry Celebration Salad

Do Ahead Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

OK it’s time to get serious about the approaching holidays and the kind of food we’re going to fix for family and friends. That’s why I’m sharing 2 favorites: Do ahead gravy and do ahead mashed potatoes. No kidding, these turn out great and a boon to the busy cook who has to pull the whole dinner together. One  more thing – I saw this … Continue reading Do Ahead Gravy and Mashed Potatoes