RECIPE: Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Delicious with wine or cocktails. Photo courtesy GoodCook.com.   Want a hot and hearty hors d’oeuvre with cocktails? This sausage-stuffed mushroom recipe can be made up to 48 hours in advance, then baked right before you’re ready to serve. Baby portabella mushroom caps are stuffed with goat cheese, sausage and dried cranberries to create these…
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RECIPE: Spiced Cranberry Cocktail

Still looking for the killer Christmas cocktail? Try this spiced Cranberry Cocktail from SarahsJoys.com. The special difference is simple syrup infused with allspice, cloves, fresh ginger, cinnamon and fresh cranberries; then blend with vodka and a splash of club soda. The cranberries and mint leaf are a perfect holiday garnish. The simple syrup can be…
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HOLIDAY: Family Favorite Jell-O Molds

Mom’s Lime Gelatin Mold with sour cream and pineapple. Photo courtesy PleaseBeSeated.Wordpress.com.   Mom’s recipe for a Pineapple-Lime Gelatin Mold has been part of our holiday for decades. The recipe arrived way back in the 1960s, on a box of lime Jell-O (we think). Made in a fluted mold, it became a family favorite at…
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RECIPE: Cranberry Infused Vodka

Your own holiday bottling of cranberry infused vodka. Photo courtesy Prairie Organic Spirits.   Make cranberry vodka to bring as a house gift or place on your own bar. It will be ready in three to four days. It’s easy to craft your own cranberry vodka infusion. Instead of vodka, you can use silver tequila,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Easy Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread cupcakes with “gingerbread cookie” frosting and a gingersnap cookie garnish. Photo courtesy Pillsbury.   If you want gingerbread for Christmas Eve but don’t want the chore of rolling out gingerbread men, these easy gingerbread cupcakes from Pillsbury will also delight. The frosting is made from Biscoff Spread,* ground spice (spéculoos) cookies in a creamy…
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