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Pickled Fennel

Ingredients 2 Large Fennel Bulbs 1 Small Red Onions 2 Cups White Wine Vinegar 2 Cups Water 1/2 Cup Sugar 2 Tablespoons of Salt Whole Peppercorns, Bay Leafs, Dried Fennel Seeds Leftover Sprigs of the Fresh Fennel Leaves Olive Oil Slice the fennel and onion into thin slices.  Sterilize jars and pack the fennel and onion […]

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Preserved Lemons

At this time of year my lemon tree goes on overdrive- producing more lemons than I can use before they rot. For this reason, this year I decided to start preserving them. Preserved lemons are a staple for Moroccan and many other Mediterranean cuisines. They add a salty tang that brightens everything from fish to rice. […]

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Bison Bourguignon

This year for Thanksgiving, I decided to make something more unique than the traditional turkey and came up with an interesting take on the perennial French dish- Beef Bourguignon. Instead of using beef chuck, I substituted Bison. Bison is a healthier alternative to beef and when prepared well is not gamy whatsoever. The meal was […]

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Lingonberries

I grew up eating lingonberries because of my Swedish heritage. And I don’t mean the jam. Although it is generally served with meatballs- it makes a great accompaniment to Turkey. They are much tastier than cranberries with added nutritional benefits. Here is how I prepare them. If you do not live in the vicinity of […]

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Cashew Macadamia Chocolate Toffee

This candy is always popular in my holiday baskets. Plus it is really simple to make! Cashew Macadamia Chocolate Toffee Ingredients 2 cups of chocolate chips 1/2 cup of chopped cashews 1/2 cup of chopped macadamia nuts 1/2 cup of unsalted butter 1/2 cup of cane sugar 2 tablespoons of honey In a medium size […]

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Bourbon Balls

This is my take on a classic holiday treat. Bourbon Balls Ingredients 1/2 cup small chopped macadamia nuts 1/2 cup small chopped cashews 5 tablespoons of high quality bourbon (my new favorite is Henebery. Its infused with cardamom) 1/2 cup of butter slightly softened 16 ounces confectioners sugar 1/4 cup baking cocoa 12 ounces semi […]

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Salted Eggnog Caramels

I love eggnog. Nothing tastes more cheerful or holiday-like! I have been experimenting with replacing cream with eggnog in many recipes. One of my favorites is Panna Cotta. Caramels are a notoriously feisty candy to perfect. After much trial and error here is my perfected recipe. As an aside- I never use corn syrup. Honey […]

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Honey Nut Brittle

This is my version of a classic nut brittle. You can use any kind of nut- not just peanuts! So be creative and and think outside the shell. Honey Nut Brittle Ingredients 1 and 1/2 cups of your favorite nuts (peanuts, cashews, pecans, macadamia, brazilian) 1 cup of cane sugar 1 cup of honey 2 […]

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Basic Truffles

Every holiday season I bake cookies and candies to give out as gifts. One of my favorite recipes is truffles. They are elegant and can be easily adapted into a million different flavors.       Basic Truffle Recipe Ingredients: 12 ounces of high quality chocolate 1/3 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract […]

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