Sweets

Hogmanay GF Seed Cake

Hogmanay celebrations are bigger than Christmas in Scotland. It is also known as Cake Day, and baking cakes for children is an old tradition. The tradition of the First Footer is important to the luck of the household. The first person to cross the threshold is the “first footer”, and they foretell the year to …

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Coconut Milk Eggnog

Want a delicious dairy-free but still incredibly indulgent eggnog?  Try this historic recipe from the 19th century using coconut milk that appears in my cookbook, Mrs. Claus Cooks for Holiday Entertaining!   Coconut Egg Nog  Egg nog is a favorite for the holidays, but it can be so heavy! For a dairy-free option, using coconut …

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Summer Bounty, Part 2: Watermelon Pickle Leathers

My CSA box included a football sized watermelon last week, so I decided to try making some Watermelon Pickles. I followed the recipe and technique here: http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/watermelon-rind-pickles. I adjusted the seasonings to suit me, using a piece of fresh ginger slice in addition to cinnamon and nutmeg, and I was out of allspice berries. If …

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The Scottish Kitchen – Food for an Outlander

If you haven’t caught Outlander fever yet, it is high time you did!  The amazing series of books by Diana Gabaldon have started to make their transition to the small screen, and so far the series has been very satisfying to long-time fans and newcomers alike.  I decided to follow my Scottish roots and research …

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Abundant Apple Butter

When Fall first hits the apples are fresh and crisp and I can’t get enough of eating them whole.  Then Winter rolls around and apples and oranges are the best and freshest winter fruits available.  Lovely apple pies and hot mulled apple cider are my favorites.  And then the end of Winter drags on, and …

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Gluten Free Cooking Tip – Rolling out dough

There are lots of recipes around now for gluten free pie dough.  I recently tried Bob’s Red Mill packaged mix, and other than it being sweet, which makes it not so useful for something like a quiche, I like it very much.  It is primarily rice flour, potato starch and xanthan gum, which is pretty …

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Mrs. Claus Cooks for Holiday Entertaining

                          I am very excited to announce that my newest cookbook, “Mrs. Claus Cooks for Holiday Entertaining” is now available on the Cookbook Cafe at Bakespace.com! It is full of traditional food favorites from around the world, hand picked to make it easy …

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