Archive for December, 2010

Baked Gouda

Christmas is my VERY FAVORITE time of year!  The cold weather, the giving spirit, the Christmas Story coming alive, special time with family and friends, amazing parties and delicious food everywhere…it really can’t be beat!   Every year my husband and I spend the holidays with both of our families starting on about the 23rd.  So before that date, we have one night that is our own special Christmas at home.   We clear the coffee table out of our living room and put the Queen Size Air Mattress out on the floor right next to the fireplace and Christmas tree.  We cover it with blankets and pillows and settle in for an evening of laughing, christmas movies, our own special stocking time and lots of smooching!  haha…it is one my favorite nights of the whole year!  We both turn into excited little children finding joy in giving each other gifts and delighting in the magic of Christmas!    We sleep out in our Christmas zone with the lights on the tree glowing long after the last embers of the fire have died down and it really is perfect!

This year we made dinner together as part of the evening and also made some yummy treats the next morning and day as our celebration continued with watching some football together!  This Baked Gouda made a short visit  to the Christmas zone before we devoured every morsel!  This is a recipe I got from Nancy Fike and it is a very simple recipe that is extremely tasty!   Once again…anything where the main ingredient is oozing cheese and you know it  MUST be good!   Merry Christmas!
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Soda Cracker Delight…or the easiest “Toffee” you will ever make!

photo by my friend Matt Turner

This is an old school recipe that is still around for a reason…it is awesome!  I believe it has many names and many different versions and this is simply my adaptation.  I will warn you (don’t say I didn’t warn you) it is one of the most addicting desserts ever so you might want to make a couple batches…one for yourself and one to share with others!

I was first introduced to this recipe in high school at my friend’s the Eichler’s house!  Bethany Eichler is one of my oldest and dearest friends and this dessert is one of the many important contributions she has made to my life!  This is really an easy dessert but is impressive both visually and deliciously!  I hope you will try it this holiday season and that it will make a beautiful addition to your dessert table!

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Christmas Fudge

One of the things that I LOVE about the holidays is the traditional foods that show up year after year!  There are certain foods that actually taste like Christmas to me and this fudge is one of them!  I make it every year and if it didn’t show up on the holiday dessert table, I might be excommunicated from the family haha…well not really I hope!

It is easy to make, you just need to be patient!  I made two batches this year.  I made one Dairy Free Vegan Batch and one regular batch with a little bit of peanut butter added in to make it extra special…and it was!  This dessert freezes really well and makes quite a lot so it is great to make early on in the season and then take to share at all of your holiday parties!

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