Gingerbread Latte

Generally considered a holiday treat, I drink my homemade gingerbread lattes all year long.  Using a steam wand will give your latte a nice frothy foam, but I usually don’t mess with it.  I am in it for the taste and the caffeine, and both can be achieved without the high tech gadgets.  I even…

Decadent Fudge

I felt like I could not allow this holiday season to end without one final attempt at successful fudge.  So here you have it, my decadent fudge – decadent due to the heavy cream, cognac, raspberry extract, and pecans that make this particular fudge exceedingly special. For the record, this fudge turned out perfect –…

Cherry, Marzipan, and Poppy Seed Strucla

I made strucla, an Eastern European poppy seed roll, for my holiday bread this year.  I adapted this recipe from the one my Mom used to make which is found in The Vegetarian Epicurean.  My Mom would make the bread dough, with a little aid from her kitchen helpers (i.e. my brother, sister, and I),…

Peppermint Brownies

I have concluded that the uglier, the brownie, the tastier.  A spectacular brownie should be wrinkly, crumbly, and gooey, all in the same bite, and non of those qualities lend themselves to a beautiful presentation.  By the above qualifications, my peppermint brownies should be amazingly good, because they came out exceptionally ugly. Ingredients: 8 oz…

Clay Stamp Ornaments

My holiday craft project this year has been clay stamp ornaments.  These were easy to make, although, slightly time consuming, and they would probably be a great craft to do with children since they can be easily individualized.  The stamps and cookie cutters do most of the creative work, and it is just a matter…

Gingerbread Cupcakes

To get my gingerbread fix for the year I decided on making these gingerbread cupcakes for a dinner party last week.  Gingerbread is one of those desserts that tastes best the day after it has been baked, and all the bold flavors have had the time to strengthen and meld.  It is also a cake…