The FB Cookie Swap: Cranberry Hazelnut Cookies Drizzled with Chocolate

Exactly one year ago, I posted my gingersnaps with chai icing and crystalized ginger for the 2011 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  Time has really flown by and I’m happy to be participating in the cookie swap once again! One of my favorite things about this event (hosted by Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen) is that thousands of cookies are flying in the air all at once! It’s an amazing thought if you think about it. This year, we were also required to donate $4 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer  upon sign up which I think is a great idea! What’s even better is that OXO is going to match the amount raised. :) I also received 3 dozen cookies in return! Thanks Brigitt from cook With B for the Black and White Cookies, Christina from The Dough Will Rise Again for the chewy ginger sparklers, and Karla from Forty Cakes for [Continue Reading...]

The 2012 Food Blogger/Reader Holiday Auction

I’m so excited to announce that The 2012 Food Blogger/Reader Holiday Auction is officially LIVE! Over 25 bloggers and 20 offline readers/friends have joined forces to put on a fantastic auction filled with baked goods and holiday-inspired gift items. I loved the Holiday Project last year but this year, The Holiday Auction is even more special to me because it’s in honor of my good friend Lori Hammond. Lori (age 24) was diagnosed with APL Leukemia on October 4th, 2012 just as she was starting Veterinary School at UC Davis. She fought the cancer into remission but it was no easy feat and still has outpatient chemotherapy down in San Diego to ensure it is gone for good. You can read more about Lori’s journey on her auction item page and/or through her blog. Since Lori is a huge fan of food and cooking, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate her amazing [Continue Reading...]

The 2012 Food Blogger/Reader Holiday Project

I’m so excited to announce that The 2012 Food Blogger/Reader Holiday Auction is officially LIVE! Over 25 bloggers and 20 offline readers/friends have joined forces to put on a fantastic auction filled with baked goods and holiday-inspired gift items. This year, The Holiday Auction is even more special to me because it’s in honor of my good friend Lori Hammond. Lori (age 24) was diagnosed with APL Leukemia on October 4th, 2012 just as she was starting Veterinary School at UC Davis. She fought the cancer into remission but it was no easy feat and still has outpatient chemotherapy down in San Diego to ensure it is gone for good. You can read more about Lori’s journey on her auction item page and/or through her blog. Since Lori is a huge fan of food and cooking, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate her amazing strength and spirit than to bring together a [Continue Reading...]

Mulled Cider with Fresh Fruit and Spiced Rum

Did everyone have a nice Thanksgiving? I think my favorite part of Thanksgiving was when I caught my adult cousin literally licking her plate clean :) Trust me, I was thinking of doing the sammme thing…she just beat me to it. Now that Turkey Day over, the Christmas season is starting to set in! Warm fires, snow, hot drinks, fudge, cookies, ugly sweaters, Christmas movies, Christmas SONGS. The list goes on. My favorite drink? This mulled cider!! It’s so warm and tasty. One sip makes me want to curl up under a blanket and watch Christmas movies back-to-back all weekend long (too bad it’s Monday!). And if you’re not a grandma like me who enjoys the occasional spiked drink while watching movies on a Saturday night, I guaranteeeee that this cider would be a hit at any holiday party!! It’s really easy to make and one pot serves a small gathering. [Continue Reading...]

Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Sage

Y’all know it’s that time of the year. Thanksgiving is tomorrow (I can’t WAIT!!), the weather is getting chillier, and comfort food is a must. So whether you’re looking for a last-minute side dish to bring for dinner tomorrow or if you’re simply craving something cheesy, this is your dish. It’s made with whole wheat shells (you can use regular pasta too!) and there are three kinds of cheese. I had about 10 people taste test this dish, and I think it’s safe to say that this recipe is a keeper. The dish also feeds a ton of people so if you’re going to a big event, this mac and cheese is perfect! The pumpkin flavor doesn’t over power the dish and the crispy sage that’s thrown into the breadcrumb topping is amazing. The sage is cooked in butter… …and then the browned butter and sage are mixed into the [Continue Reading...]

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