Special Occasions = Extraordinary Recipes
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New York Times bestselling mystery author Kate Carlisle is a native
Californian who worked in television production for many years before turning to
writing. Kate also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected
books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked
for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally
drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way Read More...
Christmas is over, you say? BAH! I say. Now that the shopping-and-mailing
crunch is over, this is a time we relish at my house. It’s a time to sit back,
relax, and enjoy the rest of the season. The house is decorated, the deadlines
are over, and there are still Christmas movies and music to enjoy, all at a more
And, confession time: The first chance I had Read More...
Does your family have a favorite they've grown to love year after year? Here's
one for Christmas morning and it's easy to make the night before. Less stress on
Here's another favorite holiday recipe that my family expects on
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas for Breakfast. A good friend gave this recipe to
me over 45 years ago, and it's been standard fare at our house for years. ~ Viki Read More...
"Ok, I lost the original recipe in my
great grandmother's church cookie cookbook, but luckily found this Read More...
In Ireland it is usual for a family to eat roast turkey on Christmas Day and to
bake a ham on Christmas Eve. The rind of the ham is cut off prior to cooking and
this goes on top of the turkey as it is placed in the oven.
To bake the ham, we steep it in water overnight to remove the worst of the salt.
Then we remove the rind, score the fat into Read More...
Merry Christmas from me, Patricia Davids. If you
love pecans the way I do, you'll want to enjoy this delicious holiday recipe all
year round. They are called Kentucky Pecan Bars and they are YUM. Pair them with
a cup of hot peppermint cocoa and you'll have a real treat to savor while you
enjoy my latest book, Read More...
When I walked down the aisle and said “I do,” I married into the Christmas
tradition of making roll-out cookies for Santa. My husband’s family has a
to-die-for recipe that produces cookies with a tea cake texture that melts in
your mouth. The secret ingredient is sour cream which makes them not too sweet …
just right. And nobody can eat just one.
We’ve baked cookies almost every December Read More...
Holiday Bon Appétit!
Here is a delicious holiday recipe to enjoy alongside my latest Christmas book:
HER MISTLETOE COWBOY. I
think Christmas and everyone I know thinks of my mint chip brownies and my
marzipan bundt cake. The brownies are more or less a standard recipe, except
doubled (so the brownies are nice and thick) and add in lots of mint Read More...
I have always been a chocolate fiend. Chocolate chip cookies, chocolate
ice cream, chocolate fudge, chocolate candy with almost any filling, even
semi-sweet chocolate chips straight from the package are my vice. I prefer
chocolate anything for dessert, except perhaps mole, which is a combination of
chiles and chocolate, something that makes no sense to me. Chiles should be
spicy, and chocolate should be sweet.
When I turned 21 in college, my best Read More...
Nothing is better than a mug of hot chocolate in the winter, and RaeAnne Thayne
has the perfect recipe to make.
Luxurious Hot Chocolate
4 cups of milk (whole is best)
8 ounces of high-quality chocolate … I like Guittard semisweet chips. White
chocolate works too, for a different taste Read More...
Recipe Provided by Viki Ferrell
Here's my family's all time Christmas favorite: Gramma Ferrell's Molasses
Cookies. I've been making them since she gave me this recipe shortly after
husband and I married 40 years ago. My girls have loved them since they were
just isn't Christmas if I don't make them! It was only recently that I found
out that Read More...
CJ’s Grape Salad isn’t the original name of this recipe. I don’t remember what my
friend Teri called this dish when she served it at a get-together at her home six
All I do know is my family loved this decadent grape salad that was served as a
side dish, even though it tastes like dessert. And no one in my family loved it
more than my youngest daughter Read More...
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