I (Pecan) Fudged (C)Up(s)

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Enter the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2014. Cue a Ruthie searching for ideas for sweets to bake that would be just selfish enough that I'd enjoy eating the extra batch, but not selfish enough that I'd refrain from mailing my goods to my matches. Enter Center Stage: chocolate-covered toffee. Yes, I thought I'd be the rebel who made and mailed candy, and not cookies. Yes, I thought I'd share my passion for this sweet with the food blogging community and the world by mailing ...

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Chocolate-Covered Shortbread

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It's not the star drooping slightly at the top of our Christmas tree. It's not the multi-colored packages spilling out beneath it. It's not the lights winking at me as I walk down the street. It's not even the snow lying (ever-so-sparsely) on the ground. When it comes to Christmastime at my family's house, the most anticipated, highly demanded and absolutely necessary component to making Christmas feel like Christmas is...homemade Chocolate-Covered Shortbread. It's a tradition. It's loved by all, even Santa (I have photographic evidence to prove ...

‘Tis the Season for Magic and Artichoke Pizza

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I found myself wandering aimlessly through Manhattan again the other day. This city is teaching me things about my vulnerable side, including how I'm much more of a sucker for trees ensnared with Christmas lights, outdoor markets that waft of roasting nuts and hot cocoa, and detailed, brilliant window displays than I ever thought possible. Miracle on 34th Street takes on a whole new meaning when you walk on the decked out 34th street every day. Even a place as "ordinary" and Grand Central Station feels ...

Holiday Eggnog

Up until about a week ago, the only eggnog I had ever tasted came from a grocery store. Conventional, organic, soynog--my family has worked the gamut of store-bought nogs over the years. But last week, a foodie friend graduated from college and made eggnog to celebrate. I was a convert at first sip...it was a creamy, frothy, bourbony bliss. After making my first-ever batch for the family this Christmas, I remain devoted. Welcome to the family, homemade eggnog. Stay jolly, all. Eggnog Recipe Ingredients 4 egg yolks 1/3 cup sugar, ...