Christmas

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Divine Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Shannon’s Divine Red Velvet Cupcakes Light, airy, flavorful, delicate…..downright ETHEREAL light cake, and the “Lighter than air” whipped cream cheese icing (and the cherry on top) make these cupcakes stand apart from all the rest. Makes 2 dozen Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (room temperature) 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 4 teaspoons red food coloring (liquid) 1 batch Whipped Cream Cheese Icing (recipe below) 24 Maraschino cherries […]

Recipes for “Utility” Gingerbread and Royal Icing

I wanted to take a quick moment out of my family’s “gingerbread village project” to post the recipes for our “utility” gingerbread and royal icing. Utility Gingerbread: This is the recipe I use for ornamental gingerbread.  It’s sturdy, it smells nice, and it’s inexpensive to make.  It’s not the best tasting gingerbread, but it’s great to build with. This recipe makes enough dough for one large gingerbread house, or two small ones. *recently revised* 1 cup crisco 1 cup sugar 4 eggs 1 cup dark brown corn syrup 7 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon cloves 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 […]

Homemade Marzipan and Video Tutorials on How to Sculpt and Paint Marzipan Fruits

Marzipan is one of the oldest and most well-loved confections in the world. It’s roots lie in ancient Persia.  The original recipe consisted of ground almonds, honey and rosewater.  The confection was introduced in Europe in about the 13th century, and by the 16th century, sugar was added.  It was the food of kings. Marzipan is very popular in Europe and Latin America.  It’s used as a medium for sculpting edible treats, dipping in chocolate and as a covering for fruitcake. It’s very easy to make with a food processor, and it contains only a few ingredients:  Almond flour, powdered sugar, almond extract, rosewater, […]

Chocolate Ganache

I’m not saying that making your own chocolate sauce will change your life….  I mean if you’re not in the mood for an ethereal, (nay, even spiritual) experience that will make your childhood dreams come true.  If you never watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and secretly envied Augustus Gloop when he just drank the chocolate straight from the chocolate river….then this is just not the recipe for you. But. If you knew how easy it was to make your own chocolate sauce, would you do it?  What if I told you that you don’t even need to use […]

Rosemary Baked Chicken WITH GRAVY

How beautiful is this chicken?  I took this photograph while standing on my dining room table.  I have a perfect place right by my back sliding glass door where the natural light is good for about four hours a day. I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog.  I see my stats rising and I see that most of you are return visitors.  I want you to know that I really appreciate it.     Here’s a chicken I threw together for the first time a few weeks ago.  It looks absolutely obscene with all the butter, doesn’t it? I stuffed the chicken with 1/2 and onion and some […]

New Video: Simple Vegetable Soup for Busy People

I keep soup like this in my house almost all the time.  I make a big pot once a week, and I eat it almost every day. It’s great for lunch.  You can add a little leftover chicken if you want to have a little protein.  Or some leftover pasta if you want more carbohydrates.  I also love to add 1/4 cup kidney beans, black beans or chick peas to my bowl of soup.  That’s a great way to bump up the nourishment! It’s really low in calories and it’s filling.  I eat it as a snack in the afternoon to keep me away […]

French-Style Thanksgiving Turkey (with Gravy)

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us.   I must admit; as I was cooking this turkey for my blog I got little misty-eyed with gratitude.  Another year has passed with us all safe and well.  A hard year, yes, but one that yielded good things, ultimately. I’ve been cooking this particular turkey recipe for seven years now.  The smells of the fresh herbs, the butter and the white wine combine into this kind of magical formula that takes me back to every Thanksgiving past.   Little helpers clamoring into the kitchen….The excitement that Daddy is home… The pies, all lined up ready to be eaten. As a Marine […]

Fancy Cranberry Sauce

The days are clipping by so fast; it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is in only two weeks.  The difficult-to-manage four-year-old turns five next week, which is just unbelievable to me. So, I’ve survived the “first five years” SIX TIMES OVER.  That’s a lot of tying shoes, a lot of boo-boo kissing and a lot of folding tiny clothes.  A lot of diapers and potty training and cleaning up accidents.  A lot of little hands reaching up to tug at my clothes, and arms outstretched asking “hold me”.  A lot of standing over a tiny person – the water running, rubbing two little squirmy, soapy hands in-between my grown-up […]