Monthly Archives: December 2015

Baked Clam Dip

Baked clam dip is a classic and timeless appetizer. It is good with crackers or sliced baguettes.  I even like it as a pizza topping. It is a nice start to an Italian Christmas Eve fish dinner or any holiday … Continue reading

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Coconut Macaroons

These are very easy coconut cookies. I like to use unsweetened fine coconut for this recipe that you can purchase at most Indian grocery stores. The recipe is adapted from one my mother-in-law gave me. Coconut Macaroons 2-3/4 cups fine … Continue reading

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Swedish Christmas Cardamom Cookies

These delicious Swedish Christmas Cardamom cookies are often part of our holiday cookie assortment. They can be rolled into a log and sliced or shaped into balls. The recipe is adapted from the  Food Network. Swedish Christmas Cardamom Cookies 1 … Continue reading

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Apricot Pistachio Biscotti

If you are an apricot lover, you will love these biscotti. I could eat the whole batch by myself. To enhance the apricot flavor I use specialty apricot flavorings and I recognize that many readers may not have access to … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Cake

This is my favorite gingerbread cake recipe. It has a streusel topping with some turbinado sugar mixed in so you get a little crunch with your spice cake. It is flavorful, moist and a great dessert for a holiday gathering. … Continue reading

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Hungarian Poppy Seed Nut Slices

This cookie recipe is adapted from one I saved from the Baltimore Sun newspaper. If you like poppy seeds this is a good recipe to have in your holiday repertoire. The cookies freeze well. Hungarian Poppy Seed Nut Slices 1 cup … Continue reading

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Chocolate Orange Shortbread

Chocolate and orange are a great flavor combination and they are wonderful in this shortbread. The original shortbread recipe came from my husband’s ancestors who immigrated from Scotland. It’s been in their family for more than 100 years. The chocolate … Continue reading

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Italian Ricotta Cookies

Italian ricotta cookies are simple vanilla cake-like cookies, but in spite of their simplicity they are completely addictive. I like to frost and sprinkle them with nonpareils but they are just as delicious plain and unadorned. The recipe is adapted … Continue reading

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Non-alcoholic Cherry Citrus Punch

I recently made this punch for a large dinner party I hosted and everyone enjoyed it. You can see a photo of the table from that party and the pretty pink punch. It is a nice addition to any holiday … Continue reading

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Batter-fried Cardoons

   This year we had some cardoons self-seed into a planting box that had asparagus growing in it. The asparagus did not thrive, but the cardoons loved the container and we had twice the harvest of last year. Cardoons are … Continue reading

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