Holiday Gifts

Maple, Bourbon and Balsamic Caramel Sauce

Maple, Bourbon and Balsamic Caramel Sauce December 19, 2013

Caramel Sauce…love it or hate it? Truth is it wasn’t until the other night that I met someone who doesn’t care for it. I immediately put my hand to his forehead to see if he was feverish; that could have been the ONLY excuse right? Why yes, I am talking about you Nate! What I […]

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Best of Holiday Cocktails featuring Hot Buttered Rum

Best of Holiday Cocktails featuring Hot Buttered Rum December 6, 2013

I love making cocktails over the holidays; everything about them is festive. Pretty, red, sparkling and filled with the scents and colors of the season. Cranberry, pomegranate and champagne are balanced with the indulgences we allow ourselves during this season when a warm drink with tequila, hot chocolate or coffee fills the bill perfectly. I […]

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My Favorite Christmas Cookies Include Pecan Butter Balls + More!

Pecan Butter Balls December 4, 2013

I first posted about these cookies a couple of years ago; back when my dog was my most loyal reader. Since today is National Cookie Day I thought it perfect to offer them again along with other holiday favorites. I love these cookies and so does everyone I make them for so timing was perfect […]

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Pumpkin Beer Bread with Pumpkin and Honey Butter for #FallFest

Thumbnail image for Pumpkin Beer Bread with Pumpkin and Honey Butter for #FallFest October 3, 2013

One of the first regional foods I made when I moved to Colorado over 25 years ago had nothing to do with chiles or fajitas; elk or antelope. Nope…it was for Coors Beer Bread. I had never seen nor heard of a bread made with beer and though I was not a big fan of […]

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Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Maple-Espresso Glaze

Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Maple-Espresso Glaze September 5, 2013

I wanted to pull this post out of archives and give it a once again. Why? Well, I made it for a Labor Day barbecue and it was just raved over and I thought that maybe, just maybe…someone new might love it as much as we did! It was also interesting to read this post […]

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Salted Chocolate English Toffee with Toasted Almonds

Salted Chocolate English Toffee with Toasted Almonds for a Homemade Father's Day Gift June 10, 2013

I’ve loved toffee since I can remember…I mean I actually remember when my mom would take me to the neighborhood ‘five and dime’ and all I wanted (and begged for) was a Heath bar. Every. Single. Time. True confessions? I took one once when she said no and put it in my pocket. I had […]

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Citrus and Vanilla Bean Butter from the book ‘Flavored Butters’ by Lucy Vaserfirer

Citrus and Vanilla Bean Butter from the book 'Flavored Butters' by Lucy Vaserfirer May 7, 2013

This was a tough assignment for sure; this reviewing of a book all about compound butters. First there was the huge effort of deciding sweet or savory…that was almost unfair so I decided to try both before making a decision. One savory version using caramelized onions was terrific; we used it on baked potatoes and […]

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‘Irish Coffee’ Cake and a Great Cause for Children – St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Irish Coffee Cake with Irish Whiskey and Espresso March 4, 2013

I first published this post a couple of years ago and thinks it’s worth sharing again. Yes, this is now something that hits closer to home but it also hits family’s everywhere and I’ve long had such great respect for what St. Baldrick’s does in the fight against cancer; I did a fundraiser for them […]

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How to Make Dulce de Leche (Cow Milk) or Cajeta (Goat Milk) Caramel

How to Make Dulce de Leche or Cajeta (Goat Milk) Caramel January 30, 2013

If you recall, I recently tried my hand at making goat cheese. I loved it but with almost 5 gallons of goat milk remaining in the freezer, I had a burning desire to make something else…and it didn’t take a lot of convincing for me to turn to Cajeta. Dulce de Leche (milk candy) is […]

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Gingerbread Kahlua Date Nut Bread with White Chocolate for #TwelveLoaves

Gingerbread Kahlua Date Nut Bread with White Chocolate December 3, 2012

I’ve got the holiday spirit…or spirits if you will! It’s time for the monthly #TwelveLoaves challenge and it should come as no surprise that I lobbied for BOOZE in BREAD! Not that I knead (some bread humor!) to wait until December to make my baked goods and breads boozy but is there a more perfect […]

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How to Make Raspberry Liqueur for a Raspberry Cosmopolitan

How to Make Raspberry Liqueur (Chambord) and a Raspberry Cosmopolitan November 23, 2012

I’ve been bitten by a bug the past couple of years that has infected me with a burning desire to make my own liqueurs. Not only great for my own use but they’ve been the star of my holiday gift baskets. I started in 2010 with Cranberry Liqueur and I’m still smitten. Delicious, gorgeous AND […]

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Maple, Bourbon and Bacon Spiced Walnuts

Maple, Bourbon and Bacon Spiced Walnuts November 1, 2012

I used to be nuts for pecans. Then something magical happened and I changed my allegiance to walnuts. Toasting is to blame. There is a difference and it is called huge.

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Red and White Wine Jelly – Cherry Cabernet and Lemon with Rosemary Chardonnay

Red and White Wine Jelly - Cherry Cabernet and Lemon with Rosemary Chardonnay September 28, 2012

You know I love my cocktails right? I love making them as much as any dish; they are creative and fun and add something special to a get together with friends. But want to know a secret? I drink wine more. It’s true! Cocktails are special but require some planning and often special mixtures and […]

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The Best Limoncello is Homemade Limoncello!

The Best Limoncello is Homemade! May 25, 2012

Limoncello. ‘The Elixir of the Gods.’ Tart, sweet, served bracingly cold; it’s the perfect liqueur for sipping after dinner. Add some Prosecco and berries like I recently did with this Limoncello Cooler and you’ve got a gorgeous apertif. It’s well known the very best is made in Sicily but that should not stop you from […]

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Homemade Chocolate Liqueur and a Valentine Martini

Homemade Chocolate Liqueur and a Valentine Martini February 3, 2012

I’ve done a lot of liqueurs lately haven’t I? Cranberry Liqueur and Coffee Liqueur for the holidays and in my case made to give to friends and family as holiday gifts. I’ve got Limoncello in my brewing facility (OK, garage) that will be ready for summer but for right now? How about Chocolate Liqueur made […]

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