Category — Holiday + Special Occasion Recipes

{recipe} Sesame Ginger Candy

Do you remember eating sesame candy as a kid? I used to love the sticky little rectangles of sesame seeds suspended in a honey-sweet bar. Great news: it’s actually pretty easy to make at home, and you can add a bit of grated ginger to make it even tastier.

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January 4, 2013   4 Comments

{gingerbread in the house} Non-Traditional Gingerbread “Houses” I Have Made and Loved

Today I will be making my fourth non-traditional gingerbread house – I will keep it a surprise for the moment – so I found myself looking back on the last three years of crazy gingerbreading for ideas and inspiration. Since I (and the small group of friends on Team Gingerbread) only do it once a year, I find I sometimes forget crucial technical matters, like: never use Pirouette cookies as structural support (they break down and sag within 24 hours!) and an elaborate gingerbread backdrop is more trouble than it’s worth (too heavy, so there is far too much support needed.) On this eve of another explosive gingerbread creation, I wanted to share a little roundup of the past 3 years’ efforts.

Important note: I am a stickler for everything being edible in these – even structural supports. The only thing you can’t eat is the base, which is usually cardboard covered in foil or wrapping paper.

2009: The Gingerbread Casbah

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December 14, 2012   4 Comments

{make this} Brown Butter Snickerdoodles from Ambitious Kitchen

I’ve always liked snickerdoodles well enough, but they have never really knocked my socks off. It turns out what they are missing is some brown butter to put them over the top. This recipe from Ambitious Kitchen does the trick – you get soft, chewy, cinnamon-y cookies that pair perfectly with ice cream or a big glass of milk.

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December 13, 2012   2 Comments

{recipe} Pea and Leek Pancakes with Black Pepper Crema

Last week I shared my favorite potato pancake substitute, the Korean vegetable pancakes known as jijims, but seeing as there are still 5 more days of Hanukkah left this year, I thought you might like another non-traditional latke stand-in: the pea and leek pancake.

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December 11, 2012   No Comments

{recipe} Salted Chocolate Matzah Toffee

I haven’t blogged in awhile because I’ve been working on another project – having a baby! Yesterday he was three weeks old and things are normalizing pretty quickly, so I was able to find time to make this toffee for a Passover Seder we were invited to last night… and baby even slept well enough for me to write up the recipe and share it.

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April 7, 2012   12 Comments

{recipe} Rainbow Fudge

I saw a recipe for rainbow fudge on Pinterest recently, and knew I had to make it. (For a full-fledged adult in her mid-30s, it turns out I’m pretty into rainbows.) But, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a couple of major issues with the original recipe… so I had to do it my own way.

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February 15, 2012   44 Comments

{make this} Recipe Girl’s Flourless Chewy Chocolate Cookies (with or without peppermint candies)

I have been on the hunt for a chocolate cookie that’s crispy on the outside and chewy-gooey-fudgy on the inside. I’ve tried quite a few recipes, but this one is the best I’ve found – I love the crisp, crackly outside that yields to a soft center. All you need is a tall glass of milk.

What’s extra great is that there is no flour nor butter in them, just egg whites for binding, so they are practically health food. (OK technically it would be more accurate to say they are practically candy, since the bulk is made up of sugar and chocolate.)

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January 5, 2012   2 Comments

{recipe} Sweet & Spicy Holiday Nuts

This is one of my favorite holiday snacks – crunchy sugar-coated nuts with balancing hits of salt and spice.

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December 22, 2011   2 Comments

{recipe} Finnish Pancake with Raspberry Red Wine Sauce

And now I am going to tell you what to make for breakfast on Christmas morning. With a mere 5 ingredients, 5 minutes of prep, and 25 minutes in the oven, you can have a rich, custardy, puffy, wonderful breakfast on the table.

Finnish Pancake Recipe

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December 20, 2011   23 Comments

{christmas in the future} Gingerbread House on the Moon

Every year a small group of dedicated friends gets together to make an epic gingerbread project that takes a cue from whatever this year’s Christmas party theme happens to be. Two years ago, for a Casbah Christmas, the tradition was born with a Middle Eastern-style courtyard house of gingerbread. Last year, we celebrated Christmas in Summer and put Santa in the pool, surrounded by a beachy scene. This year’s party theme was Christmas in the Future, so we took a few hints from The Jetsons and put Santa on the moon.

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December 18, 2011   7 Comments