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December 19, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Eggnog Smoothie

Are you an eggnogger or nog-naysayer? Whatever your nog notions, this Eggnog Smoothie will earn your nod of approval.

Eggnog Smoothie. AMAZING. A healthy smoothie recipe that tastes just like eggnog!Please excuse that excessive use of alliteration. I may or may not have watched Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas immediately before writing this post. (“He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”)

Now, where were we? Yes, this eggnog smoothie. Nog-naysayers, please trust me and keep reading. Nog lovers, high five.

Although eggnog’s spicy nutmeg and dreamy custard flavors speak to my soul at Christmas, I typically can’t handle more than one or two glasses a season. It’s ridiculously rich, even for my voracious sweet tooth. Devour an entire plate of dark chocolate chunker cookies? No problem. Take down an entire quart of eggnog? I need to lie down just thinking about it.

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December 17, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Baked Fried Chicken

In my mind, I’m a Southern Belle. I wear sundresses, speak in genteel tones, and cook Baked Fried Chicken on Sunday nights.

Oven Fried Chicken. Baked buttermilk chicken that tastes deep fried, but isn't!In my reality, I wear thick wool socks over my leggings and say “bag” in that particular nasal way that only a resident of Wisconsin can emulate. I will, however, stand by my oven “fried” chicken. Juicy on the inside, crisp on the outside, and packing a subtle kick, this is a healthy dinner recipe that Miss Mississippi herself could not resist.

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December 15, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Gingerbread Granola

Forget the stovetop simmering spices and air fresheners. I’m turning my house into a magical, holiday-scented wonderland by baking continual batches of Gingerbread Granola.

Gingerbread Granola. The best healthy granola recipe with nuts and spicesThe aromas of ginger, molasses, maple syrup, and toasting nuts that fill the kitchen as the granola bakes are positively intoxicating. I now see why the witch tempted Hansel and Gretel with a house made of gingerbread, versus any other cookie. I nearly burned my second batch, purely because I didn’t want the smell to end.

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December 12, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Beet Cheddar Apple Pizza + 12 Days of Giveaways {Day 12: WÜSTHOF CLASSIC 7-Piece Block Set}

Beet Cheddar Apple Pizza represents a glorious moment of redemption when the band geek dates the homecoming queen.

Beet Apple Pizza with CheddarI have a deep affection for vegetables that were made fun of in middle school. Not to bring up my childhood (but to bring up my childhood), my full-forehead bangs, braces/glasses duo, and 12-year-old-boyish figure put me in the metaphorical clarinet section, not the cheerleading squad. Continue Reading →

December 11, 2014
by Erin Clarke

5 Creative Edible Gift Ideas

When it comes to holiday gift-giving, Santa has some serious advantages. He doesn’t need to include the gift receipt, isn’t invited to social events at the boss’ house that necessitate a hostess gift, and above all, he already knows exactly what’s on everyone’s list. For those of us without the Santa-factor, holiday shopping can be trickier, which is why I’m excited to be sharing today’s “Fives” post, along with a fantastic foodie-themed holiday giveaway.

5 Creative Edible Gift IdeasI try to be thoughtful and intentional with my gifts, but some situations are just plain complicated. What do you give your notoriously picky mother-in-law, the 12-year-old cousin who’s more interested in his iPhone than interaction with actual humans, or the friend who already has it all?

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December 10, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Classic Cheese Fondue

When it comes to holiday entertaining, I seek intersection of “looks impressive” and “is actually easy.” My ultimate example of deceptive, er, savvy entertaining: Three Cheese fondue.

Cheese Fondue. A classic, easy cheese fondue recipe and what to dip in itFondue is the secret to earning the loyalty of friends and admiration of enemies. After all, what other reactions could a bubbly, warm pot of simmering cheese infused with white wine elicit besides a lifetime of devotion? A fondue-fueled marriage proposal is not completely unreasonable.
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December 9, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Dark Chocolate Chunker Cookies

The next time you feel as if you are coming apart, reach for a Dark Chocolate Chunker Cookie. These deep, dark treats are so loaded with marvelous mix-ins, they are barely holding it together, and it is the overload that is the essence of their glory. You are in good company.

Super Chunk Dark Chocolate CookiesBy all reasonable measures, Dark Chocolate Chunker Cookies should fail. They contain a scant three tablespoons of unsalted butter and 1/3 cup of flour, yet boast a full 4 1/2 cups of mix-ins. The amount of chocolate involved is positively irresponsible, and for goodness’ sake, there are raisins. Seriously? What kind of cookie is this?

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