15 Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

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Wondering which stores to scour for last-minute holiday deals and the nicest gifts this season? You may not have to look far. The key to keeping your holiday shopping list simple can be found as close as your kitchen. With unique and simple homemade...

Pumpkin Gingerbread Biscotti

Pumpkin Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe

Here in Austin, we suffered an extremely hot summer, so I’m singing “Hallelujah!” for the wintry-like temperatures the city has been seeing lately. All I need to truly feel the winter spirit is a string of cold days, a toasty warm house and a...

Hearty Bean Soup Mix

Hearty Bean Soup Mix

Today is a very exciting day for me, since I’ll be presenting this soup mix in a cooking segment on a local news station here in Austin called KXAN. I’m beyond thrilled and very thankful to have this opportunity, and I cannot wait to...

S’mores Truffles

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Truffles are one of my favorite holiday desserts to make, since they’re so simple and always an attractive two-bite treat for party guests craving something sweet yet small. Here’s a tasty and different spin on truffles that you may have never seen before –...

Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments

Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments

I can barely believe it’s been six months since we moved into our first home in Texas. And now, just as quickly as we signed on the dotted line, we’re celebrating our first Christmas here! Well, not exactly here, but at my in-laws’ cozy...

Mini Gingerbread Loaves with Cream Cheese Glaze

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One of the things I love most about this season is giving. Giving heartfelt hugs to my family and friends, giving them a nice compliment, and best of all, giving them a gift home-baked from my kitchen. Besides hugs and compliments, it’s the way...

10 Tips to Simplify Baking

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Baking requires precision and patience, but it can be made perfectly simple with the help of a few handy tips and tricks. When you’re short on time, try softening butter with a rolling pin. Or, if you’re missing heavy cream, make your own by...

Tuscan Herb Spice Mix

Tuscan Spice Herb Mix

Since Thanksgiving is now just a memory and another major holiday is just around the bend, you could probably use something easy in your life. This perfect blend of Italian spices to rub on a juicy roast or steaming medley of sautéed vegetables is...

Pumpkin Cake Truffles with White Chocolate and Walnuts

Pumpkin Cake Truffles with White Chocolate and Walnuts

Since Thanksgiving is near and my family is traveling today to spend the holiday with us, I figured what better time to celebrate with something sweet! As much as I love the traditional apple pie, I’m a big lover of cake, and especially cake...

45 Recipes for Thanksgiving

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Still need some ideas for your Thanksgiving feast or a dish to bring over? Well, you’ll be happy to hear I’ve got you covered, from breakfast to appetizers, the whole bird to side dishes, and of course a delicious array of fall desserts! For...