Tag Archives: Christmas

Homemade food gifts for Christmas

There are many affordable sweet pleasures to make at home, with a little time, a few pieces of equipment (or containers) and appealing packaging materials. As rewarding as making your own gifts is deeply gratifying, so can scaling back expectations (and … Continue reading

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Chocolate Fleur de Sel Cookies

  Thanks to my friend, candy-maker Peggy Cullen, I discovered this Pierre Hermé’s recipe in 2002. It has become a keystone of my Christmas cookie baking, yielding decidedly unholiday responses from recipients who wish to horde the bag for themselves. … Continue reading

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Pain d’epices

As Christmas drew close I started thinking about making bread for the two of us. With snow closing airports in Europe and Norabelle unable to get a flight home, all plans for entertaining evaporated.  I didn’t want to commit to … Continue reading

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Pates de fruit

Pates de fruit are sophisticated, bite-sized squares of fruit jellies that are sanded with crystallized sugar, chewy in texture and combine the sweet, tart flavors of natural fruit juice. If you have never had one, the distant imitators are gummy … Continue reading

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