Dec 30, 2016
by Inger
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New Year’s/ Christmas Crack Toffee

One. Last. Party.  A small one too.  But even for immediate family (and a few guests), the food has to be good.  So, I am making some New Year’s/Christmas Crack Toffee (the toffee that goes crunchy/salty over crackers) to snack on.  And decorating it with gold sprinkles for New Year’s! 

New Year's/ Christmas Crack Toffee

New Year’s/ Christmas Crack Toffee

Toffee is something I normally do straight—butter, sugar, vanilla, no crackers.  Just seems more natural (though, I admit the irony in calling commercial butter and sugar “more natural” 😉 )  But this year there were Ritz crackers left after a party I hosted in early December.  Opportunity!    Continue Reading →

Dec 28, 2016
by Inger
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Easy Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Whew!  Are you as tired as I am?  Rousing parties, holiday shows and fancy cooking are all fun–but non-stop activity can take a toll.  Even a food blogger can need a cooking break! So, with New Year’s Eve on the horizon, I am sharing a super easy meatball & mozzarella appetizer. 

Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

The idea comes from my teenage nieces who made a version of this (sans French bread) as an appetizer for Thanksgiving.  They started with a pasta and homemade meatballs recipe designed as a dinner entree and re-purposed it.  Genius!   Continue Reading →

Dec 22, 2016
by Inger
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Sugar Plum Martini

It’s the Christmas season—what can I say?   Part of me wanted to create a whole suite of Nutcracker themed martinis!  But in the end, I went with just one, a  Sugar Plum Martini, sans fairy even.  

Sugar Plum Martini

Sugar Plum Martini

All of this took me back to a very distant memory–of real, actual, sugar plums.  One long-ago Christmas, my father brought home an expensive box of imported candies.  Packed in a hatbox style container, each treat had a dried plum in the center and was surrounded by a thick coating of white sugar glaze (similar to candied almonds, but with a plum at the center–note that this post will not be covering any of the sugar plum definition controversy). Continue Reading →

Dec 15, 2016
by Inger
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“Yes, We Can” Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

I have a confession to make.  I (usually) don’t like chicken soup.  Perhaps I had one too many “cold remedies” as a child.  And now I find it uninspiring. But when I tasted a Sage Roasted Chicken Soup a half dozen years ago, I was wowed.  

Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

Slightly creamy and reminiscent of sage stuffing, the soup practically cried out, “I’m special.”    Continue Reading →

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