Healthy Christmas Tree Snack

Healthy Christmas Tree Snack

Spice up your child’s snack this holiday season!

Fun “themed” snacks can help increase fruit and vegetable intake within your family.  When foods are served in a creative form, children are more likely to eat the food served regardless if they may not have previously chosen to eat that specific food.

This snack is perfect for children to get involved in creating.  Once the apples and cheese have been cut, assembly is child proof.  Their involvment in the preparation may increase acceptance of more fruits.

What is needed for this creation?!

A slice of yellow cheese (preferable low fat)
5 -7 small pretzel sticks
8 green apple slices
8 craisins or raisins`

 

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Double Chocolate Biscottis

Double Chocolate Biscottis

Biscottis are the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of coffee anytime of day. Who doesn’t love those crispy crunchy cookies?

Sure you can buy all sorts of biscottis in supermarkets, bakeries, and even big box stores. But nothing beats homemade!

And just because they have a fancy Italian name doesn’t mean they’re fussy and hard to make. My Double Chocolate Biscottis are so easy to make! They use just 5 ingredients and the first one is cake mix!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

1 package chocolate cake mix, Devil’s Food Cake if available
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 stick butter, melted
2 large eggs
3/4 cup white chocolate morsels

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fit a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (if using a hand held mixer be sure beaters are in tight)
  • Place all ingredients in mixing bowl
  • Mix on low until all ingredients are well combined
  • Dough will be a bit stiff and tacky
  • Turn dough on to baking sheet covered with parchment paper or silicone mat

With your hands flatten dough into a rectangle about 1/2” thick, make sure there’s a small mound running down the center of the rectangle and either side tapers down from the center mound.

  1. Bake for 30 minutes
  2. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes
  3. Using a serrated bread knife slice the rectangle diagonally into 1/2” slices
  4. Lay slices cut side down on baking sheet
  5. Bake another 10 minutes
  6. Turn oven off and leave cookies in the oven for 30 minutes
  7. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Your biscottis are now ready for dunking! Or if you want you can dip them or drizzle them in melted chocolate.
Store in air tight containers, ziplocks work fine. Your can store them at room temperature for weeks or freeze them for longer storage. But whatever you do don’t refrigerate them.
If you freeze them, thaw them out before serving. If they’ve lost their crispness pop them in a 250 degree oven for a few minutes to crisp them up.
Hope you love these biscottis as much as we do!
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Vegetarian Christmas recipes

Vegetarian Christmas recipes

Christmas dinner is traditionally a meat-laden affair, but that shouldn’t stop vegetarians from enjoying the festivities. Whether you’re a relative novice catering for vegetarian dinner guests or a seasoned pro searching for new inspiration, this collection of vegetarian Christmas recipes is bound to provide you with plenty of fresh ideas.

Related imageThrowing a Christmas party? Plan ahead and whip up a few different varieties of vegetarian canapés to protect your guests against quaffing too many of your delicious Christmas cocktails. Nathan Outlaw’s Cheese straw recipe makes a fantastic festive snack, or for those aiming to impress Kevin Mangeolles’ elegant Red pepper purée with goats’ cheese canapé or Frances Atkins’ luxurious Truffle sandwich will add a sophisticated touch to any party. Filo is a popular fixture of Christmas party platters, but try a colourful twist on the norm with Deena Kakaya’s vegetable spring rolls recipe packed with vibrant beetroot, squash and paneer.

There are plenty of vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas, too. Try Andy Waters’ Vegetarian Wellington recipe as a fantastic Christmas dinner centrepiece, with golden puff pastry packed with vegetables, herbs and chestnuts for a festive touch. Similarly James Mackenzie packs chestnuts into his Vegetable stew before topping it with a herby crumb topping and crispy kale for extra texture — the perfect dish to serve alongside all the (veggie) trimmings at Christmas dinner. Graham Campbell’s Vegetarian haggis recipe makes a delicious and filling alternative Christmas dinner, and try one of the vegetarian starters in this collection — such as Lee Westcott’s signature Yeasted cauliflower dish — for an impressive way to begin your Christmas dinner menu.

If you’re cooking for vegetarian guests it’s worth bearing in mind that many popular cheeses are made using animal rennet, and therefore are not completely vegetarian. While some people don’t mind eating animal rennet cheeses it is always worth checking with your guests beforehand as there are plenty of vegetarian cheese alternatives available if they’d prefer.

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EASY CHOCOLATE ALMOND BISCOTTIS

EASY CHOCOLATE ALMOND BISCOTTIS

Biscottis

are one of my favorite Italian cookies. Who doesn’t love those crispy crunchy cookie bars made just fo dipping.
Speaking of dipping you can dip biscottis in your favorite hot or cold beverage. They’re great with coffee of course; but also delicious with tea, cocoa, milk, and wine! Yes you can most definitely dip your biscotti of choice in a glass of dessert wine. Think Vin Santo, or my personal favorite Greek Samos!

But before you start dipping you need some biscottis. Sure you can buy all sorts of biscottis from most supermarkets, coffee houses, and big box stores, but nothing compares to the homemade biscottis Nonna in Italy bakes. Or in my case Nana in Hawaii.

I’m sure most Italian grandmas have their favorite biscotti recipe, well so does this grandma; I just “cheat” a little bit and use a cake mix to make my biscotti.

These chocolate almond biscottis are made with just 5 ingredients and take just over an hour to make. The result is a delicious biscotti with just the right crunch!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

1 package chocolate cake mix, Devil’s Food Cake if available
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 stick butter, melted
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fit a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (if using a hand held mixer be sure beaters are in tight)
  • Place all ingredients in mixing bowl
  • Mix on low until all ingredients are well combined
  • Dough will be a bit stiff and tacky
  • Turn dough on to baking sheet covered with parchment paper or silicone mat

With your hands flatten dough into a rectangle about 1/2” thick, make sure there’s a small mound running down the center of the rectangle and either side tapers down from the center mound.

  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes
  • Using a serrated bread knife slice the rectangle diagonally into 1/2” slices
  • Lay slices cut side down on baking sheet
  • Bake another 10 minutes
  • Turn oven off and leave cookies in the oven for 30 minutes
  • Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Your biscottis are now ready for dunking! Or if you want you can dip them or drizzle them in melted chocolate.

Store in air tight containers, ziplocks work fine. Your can store them at room temperature for weeks or freeze them for longer storage. But whatever you do don’t refrigerate them.

If you freeze them, thaw them out before serving. If they’ve lost their crispness pop them in a 250 degree oven for a few minutes to crisp them up.

Hope you love these biscottis as much as we do!

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Holiday Cocktails To Put Some Extra Cheer In Your Season

Holiday Cocktails To Put Some Extra Cheer In Your Season

You know peaches ‘n cream are a delicious pair, but have you tried orange juice and cream? Together they taste just like a creamsicle.

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Skip the boring beer this year—holiday parties deserve fun, festive drinks, like Christmosas and Jingle Juice. Whether you want a champagne, vodka, rum, or tequila base, we’ve got a drink for you.

For even more Christmas party cocktail ideas, try these hot cocktails, holiday punch recipes, and perfect pear cocktails.

 

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INGREDIENTS

Orange slices, for garnish

1/4 c. sugar, for rimming champagne flutes

1 c. orange juice

1 tbsp. heavy cream

1 bottle champagne, prosecco, or cava

DIRECTIONS

Rim champagne flutes with an orange slice and dip in sugar. Set aside.

In a tall glass, stir together orange juice and heavy cream until combined. Pour into champagne flutes and top off with champagne.

Garnish with orange wedge.

 

 

 

Pecan Pie Martini

The only thing better than pecan pie is a pecan pie-flavored martini that’ll get you drunk.

These martini’s might look innocent, but trust us, they’re STRONG. If you’re looking for a slightly more tame holiday cocktail, check out another one of our favorites: our classic mulled wine.

 

INGREDIENTS

FOR COCKTAIL

6 oz. rumchata

6 creme de cocoa

3 bourbon

Ice

FOR GARNISH

3 tbsp. caramel, microwaved until pourable

1/4 c. toasted chopped pecans

Cool whip, for garnish

3 whole pecans, for garnish

Sprinkle of cinnamon, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place caramel and toasted chopped pecans on separate small shallow plates. Dip the rim of each glass first into caramel and then into chopped pecans to coat.
  2. Combine rumchata, creme de cocoa, and bourbon in a large cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until cold, 30 seconds. Pour into martini glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream, a whole pecan, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

White Christmas Margaritas

Guarantee yourself a white Christmas this year.

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INGREDIENTS

1 (14-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk

12 oz. silver tequila

8 oz. triple sec

1/2 c. lime juice

2 c. ice

1 lime, sliced into rounds for garnish

Lime wedge, for rimming glass

Sanding sugar, for rimming glass

Cranberries, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into glass and garnish with lime and cranberries. Serve.

 

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Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

“This is everyone’s holiday favorite, even the busy cook’s, because it is so easy to make.”

See how to make soft, spicy gingerbread for the holidays.

This soft and spicy cake is flavored with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Serve it with fresh whipped cream!

 

Ingredients

*1/2 cup white sugar

*1/2 cup butter

*1 egg

*1 cup molasses

*2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

*1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

*1 teaspoon ground ginger

*1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

*1/2 teaspoon salt

*1 cup hot water

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg, and mix in the molasses.
  3. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot water. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan before serving.

 

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 375 calories; 11.2 g fat; 65.3 g carbohydrates; 4.4 g protein; 48 mg cholesterol; 435 mg sodium. Full nutrition

 
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