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Simply Wonderful Tomato Soup

IMG_0648There’s just something about homemade tomato soup in the winter (yes, even in LA) that warms me to my toes.  I was never a fan of the canned stuff growing up, but real tomato soup is the perfect accompaniment to almost anything.  When my friend served us this family recipe one night last year, I was blown away by how perfect it was and I’ve been making it two to three times a month since that dinner!  Her recipe is a little creamy, a little tangy and a little spicy.   It also freezes well which has been a lifesaver during busy months.  I recommend pairing it with a grilled pimento cheese sandwich or sweet corn muffins!  Continue reading

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On the 8th Day of Christmas….Slow Down and Slow Cook.

IMG_0526I love my crock pot and I use it all the time, but when winter comes, I like slow cooking in the oven instead to warm up the house.  Our friend made garlic confit last year for her New Year’s dinner and it’s taken me this long to finally ask her for the recipe for our Christmas party.   I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make, not to mention the glorious, warm, sweet smell of roasting garlic that filled my house. Continue reading

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On the 7th Day of Christmas…Speculaas!

IMG_0449Okay, I’m not gonna lie.  Speculaas cookies are a total b#*@h to make…but you can’t deny it, they are so lovely.   I tend to shy away from things that take a lot of time, but I’ve had my speculaas molds for about 6 years and they were still brand new.  Not anymore!  I did it.  I spent 12 hours pressing, cutting and baking these puppies to ship out to friends.  Now my molds can go back into the cookie cutter drawer for another 6 years until I conveniently forget how tedious they were to make and then I’ll try again!   I know I’m not really selling this to you as a cookie recipe, but what good is winter if not to zen out a whole day and make something completely beautiful in the kitchen?  Continue reading

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On the 6th Day of Christmas…Hot Cocoa!

I ordered cube molds and bamboo spoons on Amazon for a few bucks to make them a consistent size.

I ordered cube molds and bamboo spoons on Amazon for a few bucks to make them a consistent size.

I’ve been trolling the hot cocoa sticks recipe on Pinterest for years now, so I figured it was finally time to try her out.   I used the King Arthur recipe but altered it a bit to make a fragrant and slightly spicy Mexican hot chocolate and I made a bunch to ship out to our friends and family on the east coast.  It was a teeny tiny bit tedious the way I did it, but I have to say…it’s makes pretty freaking delicious hot cocoa! Continue reading

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On the 3rd Day of Christmas…Bake!

IMG_0433Is there anything more wonderful than bread smeared with butter straight out of the oven?   No.  Not really.  This nutty and fruity cinnamon swirl bread is my favorite bread to make around the holidays.  It combines everything delicious into one loaf; cinnamon, sugar, nuts and dried berries swirled into a soft, squishy and ever so slightly chewy white bread.  Don’t be scared of baking bread!  I know it can be daunting, so I’ve broken it down with photos to help make it fool-proof.  Continue reading

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