spiced duck rillettes

spiced duck rillettes

luscious and meaty, these spiced duck rillettes will make a believer out of you!

Homemade food gifts are always more appreciated and more personal than wrapping a tin of store-bought cookies or sticking a bow on a bottle of wine or liquor (not that I would turn up my nose to good spirits).  But when you make something with your own hands, it speaks to how you feel about the recipient.

 

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spicy sausage and spinach lasagna

spicy sausage and spinach lasagna 
I very seldom make lasagna.  The thought of the time commitment has me scurrying for the pizza delivery phone number.  There are occasions, however, that mandate the effort.  When it’s something requested by family or friends, my shoulders slump, I let an audible sigh and begin.

 

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coconut almond crispies

coconut almond crispies

buttery, coconutty with flecks of cranberry, almonds and chocolate!

In case you’ve been wondering what that brown “Cookie Swap” badge is on my side rail, I recently devoted some time to a “Cookies for Kids Cancer” event — a program that — since 2008 —  has helped to fund 4 dozen childhood cancer research grants, leading to 9 promising new treatments, now in clinical trials.  

 

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oatmeal chews

oatmeal chews

light, crispy, chewy, addictive and swoon-worthy

Last Friday, I talked about tradition and my family’s tradition of those cranberry and pistachio tea cakes which I make around the holidays.  This is another one of those traditions, but it goes back much further.  

 

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angel flake biscuits with salty ham

 

angel flake biscuits with salty ham

crazy good!

These are a southern staple.  Ham and biscuits.  In the south,  ham and biscuits are as ubiquitous as a smile and nod hello.  And I confess, I specifically had these biscuits in mind when I made that ham last week.

 

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