Category Archives: Christmas

Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate pudding is a comforting dessert yet sophisticated enough to be served for a holiday party. This recipe is popular with adults and children and accommodates those who are gluten-free. It sets up soft and creamy. I prefer a rich … Continue reading

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Pasta with Scallops

This is my favorite recipe for scallops. I could eat the entire bowl by myself. I have used both small and large scallops for this dish and I prefer larger scallops since the smaller ones can sometimes overcook quickly. If … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Biscotti

It would not be Christmas in our house without some homemade biscotti. This year I have been experimenting with a gingerbread version. While it may not be traditional, my family loved them and I did, too, because I was able … Continue reading

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Pistachio Ma’amoul (Middle Eastern Filled Cookies)

I was introduced to ma’amoul many years ago in Manhattan and have loved them ever since. Many recipes call for semolina in the dough but I prefer a shortbread base made with flour and butter because it produces a more … Continue reading

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Caramel Pecan Squares

This may be my favorite bar cookie. I always associate it with fall and winter because the flavor combination of caramel and nuts is lovely together at this cool weather time of year. One of my old neighbors gave me … Continue reading

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Eggnog Panna Cotta

If you need an easy and delicious dessert to take to a holiday party, make this Panna Cotta. It only takes a few minutes to put together. Make it the night before you intend to serve it since the flavor … Continue reading

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Italian Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli cookies are some of my husband’s favorite cookies. We buy them at Italian pastry shops whenever we are on the East Coast, but I wanted to learn to make them at home. There are many variations on this cookie … Continue reading

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Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch-flavored treats were one of my childhood loves. They mostly came in the form of hard candies and instant jello pudding. As an adult, I tend to stay away from artificially-flavored butterscotch, since I prefer the real flavor that comes … Continue reading

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Rolled Baklava

My husband had a birthday this month and as part of his birthday celebration I made him one of his favorite pastries, rolled baklava. The original recipe came from my cousin Connie who acquired it from a Greek coworker in … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Cranberry Salad

This is a lovely cranberry salad for the holiday season. There are many similar recipes online, but this one came from one of my good friends who grew up in the South. There are several steps to the recipe so … Continue reading

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