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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Recipe

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

12.24.10 by Jackie

I used gingerbread cookies as a fun and playful way to get to know my niece and nephew when I met them for the first time. I baked a few gingerbread men for them, and asked them what they thought of the designs. My little nephew is just a year old, so I didn't use any egg in the  gingerbread dough.

We're finally back from a few days in Rome and now are spending Christmas with my parents and my sister's family in Paris.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Gingerbread Men Recipe with Picture


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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with Pistachios Recipe

Our family loves oatmeal cookies. They are great on their own or with tea, which we consume in large quantities. Oatmeal cookies also make a great palette for other flavors.

This time around, I flavored the cookies with dried cranberries and pistachios. You could also blend other flavorings such as raisins, pear glacé, dried mango, dried cherries or dried apricots and other nuts.

During the holiday season, I like to serve them with eggnog or soynog.


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Chewy Pecan Caramels with Cardamom Recipe

The key utensil for making chewy caramels is a candy thermometer, as it's the only way to control the temperature of the sugar. A few degrees too high and the candies become hard.   

On a recent trip to San Antonio, we discovered these delicious Texan Pecan praline specialties. We brought a lot of boxes home but unfortunately they disappeared fast. Whenever my father-in-law or my husband come back from a trip to San Antonio, they bring back a boxes of the wonderful Texan delicacies. My mother-in-law always asks: "Honey, did you bring home my "magazines" from your business trip?" She refers to them as magazines because if the kids hear that there are caramels in the house they gobble them up right away.

This recipe is the result of several attempts to make the candies at home. To add my own touch, I flavoured the caramels with cardamom which pairs incredibly well with the crunchy roasted pecans. Until my father-in-law or my husband go back to San Antonio for their work, our family can enjoy these homemade caramels; they're perfect for the holidays!

Salted Caramel Recipe with Picture


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Pumpkin Creme Brulee Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Creme Brulee Recipe

11.19.10 by Jackie

We recently hosted a dinner party and I wanted to bring a little flair of the Fall season. With Thanksgiving coming, I decided to make a pumpkin crème brûlée. I would consider myself an expert when it comes to make these cute French desserts. I've made crèmes brûlées so many times (lavender, banana, cherry, masala chai, green tea, lemon, chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch), I could make them with my eyes closed, except the brûlée part . That would end badly, I’m sure.

The result was predictably delicious. Crème brûlée flavored with just about anything tastes great, but that doesn’t give you license to make a turkey-flavored version. If it was made savory though, it might be interesting. Something to think about. At any rate, pumpkin crème brûlée is a familiar, yet fresh take on Thanksgiving dessert that deserves a place at your dinner table.


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Have a Happy Halloween! Recipe

Have a Happy Halloween!

10.31.10 by Jackie
As I told you yesterday, my youngest sister-in-law had a wonderful time at her school Halloween party on Friday. They played a lot of fun games. For example, the children wrapped each other with toilet paper to turn themselves into mummies. Spooky! They also ate a lot of creepy, crawly-looking sweet treats.
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