Peppermint Truffles from Ganache

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So, you may have been wondering how much hot chocolate I was going to make with all that ganache the other day. Hot chocolate for everyone! Actually, not really. Hot chocolate for no one. Truffles for everyone...or at least for me. The bonus of making hot chocolate from ganache is that I successfully crossed off one of the items on my holiday … more

Peppermint Twist Hot Chocolate and Christmas Traditions

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I mentioned that the tree had made an appearance at our home not too long ago just the other day. Since the moment it walked in through the door and found a place to rest in the living room, Kola Nut has been asking every. five. minutes. to put the ornaments on. So, naturally, we made him wait until we were all there together. He got over the … more

The Monday Menu: December 7, 2009

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We did it. The tree is up in the living room and the Kidney Bean is curious as ever. I wonder how many times he's going to ask, "Wh-is-it?" before he just gets used to its presence there. We haven't decorated yet, but I'm pretty excited to actually get lights and ornaments up on it. I'm not a trinket person, so really, this is it here. Ole … more

Cream of Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

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I woke up with a migraine yesterday. I have to say that after this odd three-week hiatus (unheard of if you're me), I particularly resented this one. It was just there. No usual phantom warning, flecks of light, odd pain elsewhere. There. Pounding at my eyelids and making it impossible for me to feel like dragging myself out of bed when my … more

One Deal, Five Meals: Let’s Talk Turkey

Maybe you've already purchased another turkey and stored it in your freezer. If not, I want to convince you to go out and buy one this week at a discounted price. Just because you had your fill on roast turkey and mashed potatoes doesn't mean you have to pass on that incredible deal at the local supermarket. This is the perfect time to stock … more

Creamy Turkey and Mushroom Casserole

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Even if I may not be a casserole fan for 85 96.75 percent of the year, the cold weather has me craving creamy mushrooms and wild rice all baked together into a belly-warming dish of deliciousness. I hope you'll forgive me, but I'm going to talk about them (the mushrooms and rice) twice before I'm done. Here and again as a soup soon after. The … more

The Monday Menu: November 30, 2009

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I did it. I cut his hair. The little curls on his neck? Gone. And you know what? I like it. It's really cute. He looks like a little boy. My little boy. Sure, he's my baby and always will be, but I'm determined to free him from what I call the youngest child syndrome, even if I just wanted to let the neck curls grow forever and ever and … more