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Nov 29, 2021

Eggnog Muffins

These eggnog muffins are flavored with the traditional sweet old timey holiday drink. 

I love the flavor of eggnog. It's wonderful for flavoring coffee, for dipping French toast, and, of course, served as a traditional Christmas drink spiked with rum, whiskey, or brandy. 

Nov 28, 2021

Crock Pot Loaded Baked Potatoes

This Crock Pot loaded baked potatoes recipe is a fun way to take your favorite twice-baked potato recipe and turn it into an easy, crowd pleasing, slow cooker casserole. 

Crock Pot Loaded Baked Potatoes with cheese.

These potatoes are loaded with cream cheese, sour cream, Colby Jack cheese, and lots and lots of bacon. They taste just like your favorite twice-baked potatoes, but without the potato skins. 

Nov 27, 2021

Make Ahead Beef Stew

This Make Ahead Beef Stew is so rich and flavorful. The beef is browned and then simmered on the first day, and then refrigerated over night to more fully tenderize the meat. 

Beef stew in bowls.

This make ahead beef stew is rich and flavorful. Plus, instead of chuck roast, the beef is boneless short ribs, my new obsession because they are so "beefy." 

Nov 20, 2021

Cranberry Crackle Tart

This cranberry crackle tart is a delicious combination of sweet meringue and tart fresh cranberries on a sweet cookie crust. 

Cranberry tart slice on a plate.

The tart also had a layer of sour cherry jam (you can use any jam, such as raspberry, blackberry, or strawberry) spread on the sweet pastry crust. This helps keep the cranberry juices from soaking through. 

Nov 19, 2021

Rum Cake with Glazed Pecan Topping

This rum cake with glazed pecan topping is a showstopper dessert that requires very little effort to make. 

Rum cake slice on a plate.

Make this rum cake the next time you are having a few folks over for dinner. Your guests will swoon over the heady aroma of the tender cake and the sweet sticky pecan glaze. 

Stir-Fried Scallops and Broccoli

If you love scallops, be sure to try this scallop and broccoli stir-fry. It's loaded with fresh vegetables and sweet tender scallops. 

Stir-Fried Scallops and Broccoli in bowls.


Along with broccoli, this stir fry includes fresh yellow squash, canned baby corn, and snow peas to round out the vegetable goodness. You can prepare it in a wok or, if you don't have a wok, a large skillet. 

Nov 16, 2021

Prosciutto-wrapped Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Basil Bites

These prosciutto-wrapped cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil bites are the perfect appetizer when you want to serve something flavorful but easy to prepare. 

Prosciutto-wrapped Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Basil.

These cute little appetizers are also super portable, so you can bring them to a potluck or a party without having to do a lot of prep when you get to the party. 

Hällakakor (Soft Scandinavian Flatbread)

Hällakakor is a soft yeasted flatbread from Sweden. It's super easy to make, and can be patterned by rolling it out with specialized rolling pins. 

Hällakakor in a striped towel.

You make these flatbreads decoratively patterned by first rolling them with a grooved rolling pin, and then rolling them with a hard tack pin (one that is carved in a large checkerboard pattern). 

Nov 15, 2021

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth (Instant Pot)

By making this homemade chicken bone broth in the Instant Pot (or any multi-cooker), you can produce this amazing magical ingredient in just an afternoon. 

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth (Instant Pot) in a jar

Chicken bone broth can be used for any recipe that calls for chicken broth or stock. Making it in the Instant Pot or multicooker takes much less time than in the slow cooker or the stove top, plus, you don't have to monitor it at all. 

Nov 12, 2021

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Chocolate peppermint crunch cookies - tasty chocolate cookies filled with mini chocolate chips and topped with crushed peppermint candies and a chocolate glaze. 

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies stacked.


These chocolate peppermint crunch cookies are the perfect holiday cookie and would be a great addition to a Christmas cookie tray. 

Nov 10, 2021

Cinnamon Spiral Cookies

These cinnamon spiral cookies are tiny bites of buttery dough laced with sugar and cinnamon and rolled up into cute little tandem spirals. 

Cinnamon Spiral Cookies.

The base for these cinnamon spiral cookies is made with cold butter, cold sour cream, and vanilla. It is mixed together quickly to create a somewhat flakey dough. It's not flakey like pie dough or puff pastry, but you can see a hint of layers, and the cookies kind of pull apart like palmiers. 

Nov 9, 2021

Savory Monkey Bread

You are going to love the "oohs" and "ahs" you receive when you set this savory monkey bread down on the table. 

Monkey bread on a plate.

These little rolls are flavored with a hint of herbs and coated in seeds. They are delicious warm and spread with butter or dipped in your favorite gravy, soup, or stew. 

Nov 8, 2021

Orange-Scented Alfajores

These orange-scented alfajores, sandwich cookies filled with dulce de leche, are so soft that they will almost melt in your mouth. 

Cookies on a plate

What are alfajores?

Allfajores are round sandwich cookies that are filled with dulce de leche and are popular in South America, especially Argentina and Perú, where they are a Christmas tradition. 

Nov 3, 2021

Candied Pecans

These candied pecans are subtly sweet, lightly crunchy, and perfect for salads, cheese and fruit boards, or just for snacking. 

Candied pecans in a jar.


All you need are three ingredients, the most important one being gorgeous pecan halves. Other than the pecans, you'll need powdered sugar and oil for frying.