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12-minute Christmas Fudge

2011 December 26

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

I make fudge every Christmas because, well, we all love it and I love giving it away. This year has been particularly busy AND as a result, I got this post out late, but you can make this fudge any time of year.

I wanted to find a way to streamline the the kitchen duties for making the fudge without giving up the yummy taste! With the help of Cook’s Illustrated, I modified a recipe they had tried out (15-minute Fudge) and came up with a winner both in taste and time-saving techniques.

I got the process down to 12 minutes, so here’s my take on it. Try out this 12-minute Christmas Fudge and see if you don’t agree. It’s truly fudgelicious!

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Christmas Sweets – Persimmon Cookies

2011 December 12

hachiya persimmons

My husband loves to cook and bake. It’s relaxing for him. Yesterday, a friend of ours gave us a bag of very ripe Hachiya persimmons* and he whipped up an old fashioned favorite of our families – Persimmon Cookies. Our house smelled like Christmas. And it reminded me of my Grandma, one of the greatest cooks ever. She was always baking us cookies, cakes, and treats. Her house always smelled like cinnamon. I love that.

The flavors that blend with the rich, ripe pulp of persimmons are fabulous. I’d love to thank the person that invented these cookies. They are not too sweet tasting – instead, your mouth is busy watering over the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  I asked my son what he thought of these holiday treats after devouring a few and he said with a mouthful, “reminds me of pumpkin pie.” His favorite! And that’s an apt comparison as the spices used in this cookie recipe are the similar to what you use in making a pumpkin pie.

Not difficult to concoct, Hubby, made this simple recipe and baked these delectable beauties in no time. This is the time of year to buy persimmons, so find the ripest ones you can and go crazy. Believe me, they will be gone in an instant.

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Fun Halloween Recipe for Pizza Mummies

2011 October 31

Fun Halloween Recipe for Pizza MummiesMy family loves pizza. And we’ve gotten pretty good at making our own pizzas as opposed to buying them. When I saw this fun Halloween Recipe for Pizza Mummies, I had to try it. Suffice to say, it was a huge hit! This simple appetizer recipe can be used for your Halloween party OR for anytime of year. It’s healthy and doesn’t take a long time to make. Plus, your kiddos might even like helping you make it. Let me know what you think of this Halloween treat!

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Candy Corn Balls for Halloween

2011 October 28

Candy Corn Balls for Halloween

Every Mom’s nightmare – Sugary Halloween Overload for the little ones. Here’s a favorite that has less sugar but still just as fun to eat. Kids LOVE these Candy Corn Balls for Halloween! And they love helping you make them too. If you’re having a houseful of goblins, witches, princesses and super heroes over this Halloween – try making these ahead of time to have on hand. Enjoy!

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