holiday Archive

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Baking with Johnny Iuzinni

Last Saturday our family bundled up to spend the morning soaking up Christmas cheer in Downtown Seattle. There are many things to see and do Downtown this time of year but we went specifically to attend a cookie baking demonstration at Macy’s by celebrity pastry chef, and member of Macy’s Culinary Council,

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Caramel Apple Salad

Okay folks here goes – I have been sitting on this recipe for a…long…time. We were first introduced to Caramel Apple Salad at a recipe exchange potluck. Both the Mr. and I went nuts for the stuff. We have since made it for numerous gatherings and he is now the resident expert

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Festive Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Some very brave friends of ours started our Thanksgiving meals early this year when they invited all of their friends with kids to a pre-holiday feast. Over a dozen kids under the age of five generated a cacophony that made “11″ sound like the mewing of a newborn kitten. Amidst the blur

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The Thanksgiving Recipe Collection

I’m calling it early this year. I have a baby who pretty much wants to be held and snuggled all the time. I am happy to oblige but I’m also pooped! I’ve got ideas for all new and exciting light takes on Thanksgiving foods bouncing all around in my head unfortunately, chances

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Yummy Potato Casserole

Growing up there were a few dishes that my grandma would make only for holiday meals or special family dinners. My sister and I looked forward to them and made sure to double check that they would be on the menu a week or so in advance of the meal. One of

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Peppermint Meringue Kisses

Waking to this winter’s first snowfall on Wednesday morning was such a treat. The reflection of cool morning light off smooth untouched snow turned our street bright and cheerful. In our temperate climate snow is always a novelty. In a second out-of-the-ordinary turn of events, The Little Helping was still sound asleep

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Gifting Sunshine – Candied Citrus

Winter in the Pacific Northwest is notoriously grey. I’m pretty sure the weather this time of year is the reason for our soggy reputation. It would be awfully handy to be able to manifest sunshine whenever the dreary clouds become overwhelming. I can’t give the sun to those I love but I

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Gingerbread with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Strictly speaking I’m not one for following recipes. I can’t think of many times in the last few years that I have reproduced something as written. There are two primary reasons I go rogue. I either want to reduce the amount of calories and fat or I would like to use items

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Grandma’s Nanaimo Bars

From the archive: Enjoy the Holiday treats you love then cross them off the list!

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The Healthy Cook’s Wish List & Gift Guide

The holiday season is a time for giving. It’s hard to beat the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from sharing a smile with a stranger, baking a gingerbread loaf for a neighbor, or presenting family and friends with presents wrapped to ‘pinable’ perfection. Giving a gift is a wonderful way to express

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread Pudding

The shortest day of the year is less than a month away. On days when the sun makes an appearance it will turn brassy by mid-afternoon.  Children scamper home from school trailing long shadows the sidewalk. Our house is still adorned for fall. I can’t bring myself to shove all the lovely rusty

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Don’t Toss that Turkey! More than 20 recipes using Thanksgiving leftovers

I love leftovers! I love reheating them in their original incarnation. I love reconfiguring them into new dishes. I also love packing them up to be frozen and enjoyed a few months down the road. Leftovers make life easy and delicious.  So, imagine my shock when I heard the following statistic last weekend