Christmas Cookie Round-up

Christmas carols are like Christmas cookies.   Everyone has a favorite – often a favorite we can vehemently argue the superiority of.  The hubs believes no christmas cookie can ever top sugar cookies with thick buttercream frosting (read: a mountain of buttercream).  My sister would go to bat for hazelnut crescents.  My brother would make a case for chewy ginger molasses.  And my dad loves the Italian Anise cookies reminiscent of black licorice.  I admit, I’m not sure I could pick just one favorite, but I don’t think my brother is too far off on this one.  But still, it might be a toss-up between pillowy Italian ricotta cookies and a…

Mexican Chocolate Pie with Gingersnap Crust

The husband is a cake and cream pie person in a fruit pie family.  Apple pie, rhubarb pie, and, in my brother’s case, cherry pie are the most common birthday dessert requests.  He doesn’t think fruit belongs in dessert.  (Except a mysterious exception is granted to peach cobbler.) Around the holidays, apple, pumpkin, & pecan pies are of course making frequent appearances at the extended family gatherings.  I.E. Lots of non-cream pies and certainly no cake. During our first Thanksgiving as newlyweds, I was tasked with pies.  My plan was apple and pumpkin (even I hate pecan).  The hubs was having none of this fruit pie non-sense, so he decided…

Tahini Shortbread Cookies

Who remembers those giant tins of Danish Butter Cookies during the holidays??  Anyone!?  Every holiday season, at least one client would gift my dad with one of those giant cookie tins.  If you are familiar with danish butter cookies, then you know that every cookie in the tin is essentially the same.  They are just made into different shapes and some are topped with sugar.  But when you are a kid, the perception of choice is a powerful thing. Growing up, my brother and I would park ourselves at the kitchen table peering into this monster tin of cookies and argue about who got which cookie and which ones were…

Thyme Roasted Carrots with Maple Dijon Glaze

Colorful roasted vegetables are always welcome on my table.  Especially during the holidays!  These roasted carrots are beyond delicious!  We ate a lot of superbly awesome things on Thanksgiving… but when the roasted vegetable is hogging all of the “What’s the recipe?” side-dish hype, you know its a winner. These roasted carrots are easy to make and topped with an addicting maple dijon glaze!  Perfect for a the holidays…. and a weeknight! I’ll be sitting out the hosting on Christmas day, but I am forever and always the salad, roasted veg, and dessert gal for our fam’s Christmas gathering.  So get ready folks, I’m bringing my A-game with these roasted carrots!…
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Gift Guide: Dude Edition

Its holiday gifting season!! Ladies, can we all agree that most guys are awful to shop for?  Awful.  My Dad remains a mystery.  My brother is super challenging, too.  But my husband is not.  Maybe because he isn’t shy about sharing what he likes.  Or maybe because his likes, interest, and sense of style are very consistent.  Either way, I or rather he can personally vouch for all of these items.  These are some of his favorites, so hopefully these items will give you some ideas for those impossible to shop for guys in your life! Happy Shopping!! *Items $25 and under are marked with an asterisk.      …
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