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Festive Meal Suggestions Recipe

Festive Meal Suggestions

12.21.12 by Jackie

Here's my favorite festive dish ideas for your holiday feast. Growing up, meat and seafood were always a part of our Christmas celebrations, so I included several red meat and seafood dishes for you to consider. And vegetarians, I haven't forgotten you! Vegetarian cassoulet, for instance, is hearty and packed with protein. And the side dishes will give everyone a healthy dose of carb-y goodness. If you're looking for new ideas for potato dishes, there is still time to order my first cookbook, "Haute Potato". If you order it today through Amazon or Barnes and Noble, it should arrive before Christmas.

Enjoy time with your family and friends, and of course, eat up! Diet resolutions don't go into effect for another ten days!


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Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe Recipe

Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

12.19.12 by Jackie

I've been baking a lot these days because I'm planning on giving cake gift baskets to friends and relatives. It's the same Christmas fruit cake I've been baking for many years, in fact, the recipe hasn't changed since my childhood. I actually forgot about it until I found an old post-it tucked into the pocket of an apron with the recipe scribbled on it! It's probably been there since we moved into our new home.

The cake is made with candied fruit, walnuts, honey, brandy and a bit of spices. You can easily double or reduce the quantities to fit your needs. Ho ho ho! Happy baking!


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 It is baking season! Recipe

It is baking season!

12.13.12 by Jackie

 It is baking season! What cookies are you making?


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Apple Cinnamon Cracker Recipe Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Cracker Recipe

12.10.12 by Jackie

Spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and star anise can take even the most pedestrian of treats and give them a holiday flair. If you're wondering what would please your family while waiting for the main dish to be served at your holiday dinner, my friends at California Lavash and I came up with the perfect crowd pleaser. Thinly cut slices of apples kissed with cinnamon-infused butter layered over crispy lavash crackers make for a healthy and addictive snack. That’s important, considering the number of guilt-inducing desserts I’ve gobbled down over the past couple of weeks.

Seriously, you won’t be able to eat just one. The California Lavash gals and I made over a dozen tasty dishes over the course of two days, but this is by far the most memorable. And you don’t have to shelve the recipe once the holidays are over. If you pack lunch for your kids, put a handful of these in their bag instead of cookies. It will help with New Year’s resolutions!


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Pumpkin Pain d'Epices Parfait Recipe Recipe

I made a pain d'epices last week and it most of it went very quickly. Pain d'epices translates to "spiced bread"; it's similar to gingerbread with the exception that no ginger is used. Also it's made with rye flour, honey and spices such as star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. I'll post the recipe for this moist bread next week. Tonight, I used the spiced bread remnants and made beautiful layered pumpkin cream parfaits for the holidays.

To complete the French dessert, I made it literally look "parfait" with a spun sugar decoration!


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