Peanut Butter Candy Cane Blossoms

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The holiday season is full of lights, on our trees, in our parades, on our lawns and on some of our roofs.  It's no wonder that many of the holiday cookies turned out seem to have a life and color of their own.  Some tell stories of our childhood, others are family traditions, and some are just plain fun.  These Peanut Butter Candy Cane Blossoms take an American standard cookie and dress it up to ...

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Bûche de Noel (Yule Log)

When most of us think of holiday treats, traditional Christmas cookies come to mind, in all of their variations of color, glitter, and flavor.  For me though, there is but one festive holiday dessert that signifies the Yule season like no other:  The traditional Bûche de Noel, or Yule Log. I can’t remember when I…

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Chocolate Hazelnut Candy Bars

I jumped on the chocolate-hazelnut wagon late in life, and in all honesty, without full conviction.  I have to say though, that judging by the number of recipes I have seen floating around the web, I am in the far minority.  There are recipes for nutella cookies, brownies, cakes, and I would hazard to guess…

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Almost two years ago, I received an email from my cousin Florine.  The correspondence contained a puzzle to the past, of sorts.   It was sent to her sisters, her brother, and to me and it read something like this:


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The countdown to Christmas 2013 is underway, with the big guy’s anticipaed arrival to our rooftops less than a week away, now.   We are all wrapping gifts.  Indeed, many of us are still shopping for gifts, and if I had to venture a guess I would say that many of us are inadvertently heating our…

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date pinwheel cookies

Date Pinwheel Cookies

We are winding down to the final moments before we celebrate the Christmas holiday. Over the past few days, I’ve heard a couple of people claim to be “Christmassed-Out.”  With holiday parties, gift shopping and travel plans, it’s easy to understand this sentiment.  Interestingly enough, I’ve not heard any of our six youngsters echo this…

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cranberry relish

Cranberry Relish

Like many of the things that come out of my kitchen, this is an idea that was planted in my head by my sister, Chef Kathy.  She and I talk about food, a lot.  When we are together, we eat food,  a lot.  Thus, one evening during a protracted conversation about food, food fantasies, and…

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Golumpki (Gołąbki, Stuffed Cabbage)

A rose by any other name is still a rose.  That is very true with today’s post.  Some people call it pigs in a blanket, while others call it cabbage rolls and yet still others call it stuffed cabbage.  No matter what anyone else calls it, I call it utterly delicious. When I was a…

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Holiday Lemon Cookies ©Platter Talk

Lemon Ice Cookies

If ever there was one, it is high cookie season here in the U.S.  My sister gave me a jingle tonight, calling all the way from Florida to ask if I could help her with recalling some of the cookies that our that our mom would routinely make for the holiday season, decades ago.   Happily,…

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Parsley Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Parsley Garlic Mashed Potatoes

We are on the verge of my favorite holiday and after giving it some thought it probably is no coincidence that Thanksgiving in particular is centered around feasting   What lover of all things food wouldn’t find great allure in any occasion like that?!   I’m not going to beat around the bush any longer with this…

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simple apple bars

Simple Apple Bars

We’ve been cooking and baking up a storm in our family, over the past few months.  We have featured a few recipes using honey crisp apples from our backyard tree, and quite honestly we could make something new every day of the week with those apples and still not run out.  That tree is loaded! …

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chocolate-pomegranate Bark

Chocolate-Pomegranate-Ginger Bark

A couple of weeks ago, we were at a friend’s home one Saturday evening.  There were a handful of adults, and a handful of kids as well – a pretty good mix.  For food, my friend echoed the company he had over.  The main course was a variety of delicious sub sandwiches and a big…

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  I love trimming the Christmas tree, decking the halls and enjoying time with family and friends.  Like most of you,  I will be spending time in my kitchen making treats to hand out as gifts.  Let me share with you, a little a bit about the person…

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Holiday Cookie Giveaway

2014 Holiday Cookie Giveaway – Win EIGHT DOZEN Cookies!

Platter Talk is teaming up with seven other food sites to offer one lucky duck the chance to win a dozen holiday cookies from each of us!    You can enter the giveaway which lasts for a couple of weeks and a winner will be announced on December 8.   Please take a moment to drop by…

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Pecan Sandies

Pecan Sandies

A couple of weeks ago I observed what many have since referred to as a “milestone” birthday.  I didn’t think of my 50th as a milestone per say, although I did comment to my 10 year-old son Isaiah that, “Fifty sounds so old.”  As he often does, our fourth grader who often effectively comes off…

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Scalloped Corn

This post is being delivered as somewhat of a heads-up for anyone reading it and contemplating inviting me to a holiday dinner.  If I’m asked to bring something (and likely even if I’m not asked,) I’ll be toting a dish near to my heart and in all likelihood not familiar to many of you.  It’s…

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