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Best Wishes for a New Year

Wishing all of you a safe, happy, celebratory and chillaxing* New Year’s Eve and year to follow (*I’m just like a dog with a bone, aren’t I?)

I look forward to to reading and enjoying all of your blogs in the new year, plus learning about new ones for my ever-expanding list. […]

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Do Try This At Home: Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Warm Caramel Sauce

A few of you asked for the Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe about which I posted yesterday. Since I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the pumpkin bread on its own, and I was most assuredly dissatisfied with the sweetened condensed milk (the base for the caramel sauce) on its own, I hadn’t intended […]

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Family and Festive Feasting

[Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Warm Caramel Sauce]

As I mentioned in a previous post, the CFO came to visit over the holidays, and we had a truly lovely time together, chillaxing (I can’t understand why that word has evaporated from the lexicon. I mean, it just seems to capture […]

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Have a Wonderful Holiday

To everyone celebrating today, whether Christmas or just time off–

Hope your holidays are joyful, relaxing, fun, filled with delicious food and in the company of loved ones!

[NB. No dogs were harmed in the making of this photo, despite the fact that Chaser looks like a terrified deer in the headlights. She really […]

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Gastronomic Gifts VII: Chocolate Macaroons in a Flash

[There’s just nothing like a homemade gift for the holidays. This year, with the purse strings a little tighter than usual, I’m determined to make at least a few in my kitchen–and thought I’d share my ideas in case you’d like to partake, too. Here’s the last post in the series.]

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Two-Toned Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

Today began like most other mornings: a wet, cold nose against my ear (that would be Chaser, not the HH) rousing me from sleep; a quick (warm, dry) kiss to the HH; and popping (okay, more like fizzling) out of bed before stretching, going through the usual ablutions and tramping over […]

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Gastronomic Gifts VI: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Butter*

*Or, Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. Now Eat Some Delicious Spread.

[There’s just nothing like a homemade gift for the holidays. This year, with the purse strings a little tighter than usual, I’m determined to make at least a few in my kitchen–and thought I’d share my ideas in case you’d like to partake, […]

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Gastronomic Gifts V: Tutti Fruiti Christmas Cookies, circa 2008*

* Or, Ricki Finally Decides to Get Political

[There’s just nothing like a homemade gift for the holidays. This year, with the purse strings a little tighter than usual, I’m determined to make at least a few in my kitchen–and thought I’d share my ideas in case you’d like to partake, […]

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Gastronomic Gifts IV: Jam-Filled Turnovers–and a Bigger Prize!

[There’s just nothing like a homemade gift for the holidays. This year, with the purse strings a little tighter than usual, I’m determined to make at least a few in my kitchen–and thought I’d share my ideas in case you’d like to partake, too. ]

First, a Menu for […]

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Menu for Hope V

Last year around this time, I had just barely dipped my toes into the worldwide ocean of blogging. In no time, I started to see blog posts popping up for a fundraiser called Menu for Hope. This is a fundraising event started five years ago by Pim of Chez Pim, initially to help the […]

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