Two of My Favorite Holiday Cookies

I don’t bake often but when the holidays come around, I love to turn on the holiday music, pull out my pizzelle iron, whip up some egg whites and roll out the cookie dough. Two of my favorite holiday cookies are Pizzelles and Chocolate Clouds. Pizzelles are a traditional Italian cookie. They are crispy, not…

Sweet and Tangy Cranberry Sauce for Your Holiday Gathering

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, this is the year to give it a try. This recipe is so easy, taking only about 15 minutes to make. Skip the canned variety. The jellied, canned shaped sauce has 24 grams of sugar (6 teaspoons) in just 1/4 cup. That’s an entire days worth of added…

Dates with pistachios, pomegranate and orange zested goat cheese

The holiday season is a whirlwind of activity so I am always looking for simple, healthful holiday treats that I can assemble with little effort but still add a pretty accent to a holiday plate. These little gems, adapted from Erin Gleeson’s The Forest Feast cookbook, are truly a treasure. Dates, so naturally sweet and…

Three Favorite Holiday Treats

We all want to enjoy special treats over the holiday season but we don’t want to deal with extra pounds come January. Here are three of my favorite holiday gems  that are light but oh so yummy! Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies Festive Holiday Cranberry Bread Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest  

Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies

You may be tired of cookies but here’s one that will help you stick to your New Year’s resolution. With just a few simple ingredients, whipped egg whites, sugar, cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips, these gluten-free, flourless cookies are easy to make, yummy and light as a cloud. One or two cookies should be just…

Our House (and more) in Gingerbread

One of our holiday family traditions is to make a gingerbread house. We started this tradition over 10 years ago after my friend and neighbor introduced me to all the gingerbread possibilities at a display at Peddler’s Village. Over the years we’ve replicated our cabin in gingerbread, my parent’s cabin, the board game Candy Land, a…

Happy New Year with Pork and Sauerkraut

For many families, pork and sauerkraut is a traditional New Year’s day meal. I can’t remember a New Year’s day without it. I make this dish once a year and although there is little you can do to decrease the sodium content, I use a lean pork loin instead of a fattier pork roast and…

Holiday Cranberry Bread

Cranberry bread is an easy, healthy, holiday treat that can be served as an afternoon snack, a healthy dessert or a fast, “out the door” breakfast. Fruit breads are simple (made with ingredients you have on hand) and easy (mix and bake) making them a perfect baking choice during this busy holiday season. I especially…

Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest

Holidays would not be the same without pizzelles. I make them every year and have experimented with many different recipes, trying to create the perfect pizzelle. I’m very fortunate to have been given an old family recipe from my friend and fabulous cook, Lynda. It has become my favorite. There are a few things to…

After Thanksgiving Turkey Stew with Fresh Sage and Thyme

When the weather gets colder, I’m ready for warm, rustic, flavorful stews. This is a perfect recipe to make after Thanksgiving, allowing you to use up any leftover turkey or with chicken if you want to make it any other time of the year.  Hearty herbs, like sage and thyme, are excellent in winter soups…

Creamy Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

Here’s a late addition to the pumpkin palooza post. Pumpkin pie. I lightened the recipe by using evaporated fat-free milk instead of cream and made a fast and easy graham cracker crust using liquid vegetable oil instead of the traditional, full fat pie crust. This recipe makes two, 9 inch pies, one for dessert, and…

Pumpkin Paloozza

This is the time of the year for everything pumpkin and I love it! Pumpkin waffles, pancakes, muffins, and oatmeal. Pumpkin pasta, soup, ravioli and of course pumpkin pie. Many of the recipes you’ll find while searching the internet may be delicious but they are also unnecessarily filled with extra saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and calories….