Red Velvet Cheesecake, OMG

Red Velvet Cheesecake Get ready for head-turning and eye-widening because Red Velvet Cheesecake is bringing the drama this holiday season. If I could rename this recipe, I’d call it “Red Velvet Cheesecake, OMG” because that’s the reaction you’ll get out of people when you serve that first crimson-hued slice. A red velvet filling is spiked with cocoa, topped with a creamy […]

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The Gift of a Homemade Meal

Pan-Seared Steak with Chive-Horseradish Butter Have you finished your holiday shopping, yet? I can’t help but feeling like I’m forgetting something, no matter how many times I go to the store. If you’re like most people this time of year, you’ll probably make a few late-night runs for stocking stuffers and last-minute sales next week. There’s nothing wrong with that, but […]

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Photos from the National Gingerbread House Competition

    A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to witness the awesome-ness that is the National Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Entries had to be completely edible (minus the base) and were judged on overall appearance, originality and creativity, difficulty, precision, and consistency of theme. We were blown away by the […]

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Spice Cookie Revival

Molasses Cookies The holidays would not be complete without cookies. Let’s face it: we all go to Christmas parties for the food and/or booze, and scoping out the table of sugar-laden treats is half the fun. Sugar cookies? Yes please. Gingerbread? Don’t mind if I do. Shortbread, peanut butter, chocolate chip… The list goes on and on. Wash them down […]

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Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai) I’m a big fan of bold flavors like the ones found in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Did you know that Western recipes tend to pair ingredients with similar flavor profiles, whereas Eastern recipes opt for opposite flavor compounds? The quintessential Thai ingredients include coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, lime juice, chile paste, basil, and […]

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How to Make THE Best Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Cake IV Chocolate cake comes in all shapes and sizes, but this one definitely takes… well, the cake.  Featuring three layers of tender chocolate cake and two layers of creamy mocha-chocolate filling covered in a rich chocolate-coffee ganache. The fourth element of chocolate (hence the name of the recipe) is a sprinkling of chocolate curls on top of the […]

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Secret Santa Solutions: Peppermint Stick Cocoa

Peppermint Stick Cocoa It’s the season of office parties, ugly sweater contests, and cookie swaps. The majority of these holiday shindigs require that guests bring a “White Elephant” or “Secret Santa” gift. I don’t know about you, but I can barely keep up with getting gifts for my close friends and family, much less some random partygoer I’ve probably never […]

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Mulled Wine aka The New Holiday Candle

Mulled Wine I work at a retail store that sells a lot of scented candles, and I’d estimate those numbers triple during the holidays. People want candles that smell like cookies, pumpkins, and even trees. They want their homes to smell like Christmas exploded inside. We even sell a mulled wine scented candle. It smells amazing, mind you, but why […]

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: The Chili Factor: 5 Reasons We Just Can’t Get Enough

1. There’s no wrong way to eat it. Baked into mac ‘n cheese. Tucked into a calzone. Served as a cheesy dip. Smoky or spicy, vegetarian or chicken, Italian-style over pizza or south-of-the-border with nachos. Add your favorite ingredients to personalize your chili and make it your own. 2. It’s food for the body—and the soul. There’s nothing like a hearty bowl […]

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Company-Worthy Pork Shoulder

Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder No doubt you’ll have hungry holiday guests showing up at your door soon, but what exactly are you going to feed them? You could absolutely purchase a glazed holiday ham from your local grocery store. That’s easy, but expected. Our advice? Make this Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder yourself and serve it with store-bought (or homemade!) side dishes. Everyone […]

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