Ginger Molasses Caramels

Need a super last minute, festive gift idea that isn’t cookies?  Ginger molasses caramels.  Making caramels is such a fun, festive, holiday process.  Plus they present beautifully, taste AMAZING (seriously!!!) one batch makes a HUGE quantity, and are relatively easy to make. If you live in the greater Seattle area and have ever sampled Jon Boy’s Ginger molasses flavor at a farmer’s market, these are super similar!  Oh, but they won’t cost you $10 for a tiny box (Not that you aren’t worth it, Jon Boy!). Right now, its T minus two days until Christmas, so I won’t dilly-dally with some anecdote or attempt to convince you that these gingery, spicy,…

Saffron Chorizo Mussels

As much as Christmas is the holiday of slow, methodical meals and traditions, New Years is the opposite!  New Year’s food should be fast, festive, and fun!  After all, its an entire evening usually filled with appetizers and fizzy beverages.  Hmm… lets see, the usual food spread is some combination of bacon wrapped dates, stuffed mushroom caps, roasted goat cheese topped figs, bruschetta, a million varieties of cheese and charcuterie, various types of dip, stuffed olives, etc.  Am I right?  None of these items are bad things.  In fact, quite the opposite!  I could make a meal out of appetizers.  Sometimes, I do. But, sometimes I like to throw one…

Italian Ricotta Cookies

My father was the oldest of 10 kids.  The second oldest is his sister (my aunt), who married a man originally from England.  Every Christmas, the would go visit his parents in England.  But, she still wanted to celebrate the holiday with her family.  So each year, she hosted a Christmas party before they travelled.  I should back up and state that this woman is a phenomenal cook/baker/hostess!  Did I mention that she also makes her own chocolates?  She is pretty much a superhero.  Every year, she would have a selection of different flavors and varieties to try.  All absolutely delicious… Well, she started having this party over 20 years…

Sour Cream and Chive Deviled Eggs

The holidays are BUSY.  Its really easy to be go-go-going all of the places and doing all of the things, and whoops, you forgot a lll about that party you are supposed to go to tomorrow.  The one where you you agreed to bring an appetizer…  Yea, THAT party. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!!  Sour Cream and Chive Deviled Eggs!!!  I started making these almost 10 years ago when I was in college because they are: Cheap!  (Eggs, ya’ll!) Easy (If you can boil eggs and mash things together, then you’re set!) Don’t require any fancy equipment (pan to boil the eggs, knife, bowl, and fork) And can…

December’s Entertaining Tips: How to Gift Homemade Granola

Ok… This “How To” post is more about homemade gifting than it is about entertaining… but it does make a great hostess gift or party favor!  Does that count?!  Or better yet, make it with a group of friends so ya’ll can tackle some gifting together. This homemade granola makes a great gift because… It is the best darn granola I have ever tasted! It looks adorable packaged in mason jars.  (Those tags though… *Swoon*) It stays fresh in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks!! Shipping friendly! (See reason above ^^) Easy to make HUGE quantities at once! AND…. Its not Christmas cookies or candy. We all get…
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