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Candy & Snacks

Kahlua Holiday Fudge + Drawing: Win 2 Vintage Kahlua Recipe Books

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My cousin, Jeff, is horrified that I would post a Christmas Fudge recipe in the middle of October.  Sorry, Jeff, this is important. People have LOST their Kahlua Recipe Book!  Here is Kahlua White Chocolate Holiday Fudge… and a drawing for two of my vintage booklets. {And yes, those walnuts are naturally red.}

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Crunchy Whole Wheat Baked Onion Rings ~ SERIOUSLY Crunchy

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Crunchy Whole Wheat Baked Onion Rings. And why these matter.  Story: my college boyfriend and his gaggle of athletic basketball buddy friends cooked. One staple was homemade onion rings made with bisquick and deep fried in corn oil. I entered college a lanky long-haired, semi hippie who enjoyed the boys’ cooking. Junior year, I caught […]

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Chocolate Coconut Crispies

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Big week… My birthday. In escrow. Dad in hospital (back home now after a bad pancreas attack). Bridal shower for niece. The true foodie in me still didn’t take a break; I felt like making something as long as it was easy. And CHOCOLATE, like Chocolate Coconut Crispies.

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Marty’s Spicy Almonds ~ Block Party!

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Every early summer for the past nine years, Larry has hosted a neighborhood block party. I say “Larry has,” because two chiefs don’t work so well for this event. He checks a date with a collection of immediate neighbors, who then help with distributing flyers, bringing beverages and ice, tent setup (always a comedy of […]

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Guest Post ~ White Chocolate Orange Cranberry Bark by Jennifer at Savor The Thyme

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FROM JENNIFER at SAVOR THE THYME: When Patti asked me to guest post, I started thinking about what would be of interest to many of you and what you may be feeling just a few days before Christmas: wrapping gifts, planning menus, planning for visitors and thinking about gifts you have not yet purchased. Now, […]

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Chocolate Kahlua Truffles

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This is my adaptation of a candy recipe in Cooking Light, truffles made with bourbon. If a sweet recipe calls for bourbon, I already think it will be better with Kahlua. Chocolate Kahlua Truffles were my final product. I wanted a “tiny” holiday gift to make for the peeps who matter to me at UCLA Medical […]

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Larry’s Best Caramel Corn

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Larry is a good cook, and an enthusiastic one. Sometimes we practically arm wrestle “who gets to make what” when we feed other people. But he usually wants to be the dessert guy, so he selected caramel corn for our picnic in the Hollywood Forever cemetery with Cathi and Barry. He was all over this […]

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Chocolate Dipped Peeps ~ It’s EASTER

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I am definitely no food snob, witness this post. Believe it or not, Larry and I saw Chocolate Covered Peeps at a high-end cheese shop on LA‘s 3rd Street. Packaged, and expensive. So, of course, now that I know how to dip and cover things in chocolate, I couldn’t pass up the idea.

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Chocolate-Covered Pink Peppermint Patties

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You are looking at obviously home-made peppermint patties. It probably sounds like a lot of work for something pretty good store-bought. Well, I once made marshmallows and proclaimed them infinitely better than bagged ones. Not sure I’d make THEM again, but I’ll definitely do these! Just about anybody can make Pink Peppermint Patties. The results are […]

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Easy Almond Pecan Toffee

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This recipe made me wonder if our candy thermometer was broken. It seemed stuck at 240 degrees, all the while the syrup was getting pretty tan. After some brain wracking, I remembered how to do the “ol’ fashioned water drop.” You know that one, right? Cook your candy base over medium-high heat. As it reaches […]

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Marcella’s Fudge

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This is a big plus to attending Thanksgiving on my side of the family: Marcella’s Fudge may be eaten before dinner. It is right there with the appetizers. Most of us thought Marcella was a relative from the Old Country (Wisconsin). My sister, Janie and I only just asked this year… turns out Marcella was […]

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Fresh Basil Soft Pretzels

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Jen, our way-cool yoga instructor at Camp GetAway for Mothers & Others had an explosion of gorgeous basil growing in her victory garden.  She was asking me about making pesto — just as I was thinking of making pretzels.  The ideas collided. The March 2004 issue of Gourmet had a Kitchen Notebook story on how […]

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Mocha Marshmallow Krispie Treats

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Having produced a spectacular batch of Homemade Mocha Marshmallows, it dawned on me that Larry and I would never just sit and eat marshmallows. I get enough s’mores on Camp GetAway weekends. I asked Larry, “Krispie Treats?”  He almost said “duh,” but wisely caught himself. Not so duh, try finding the right rice crispy cereal […]

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