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Bay Area Bites Christmas Dinner Menu: 6 Fabulous Recipes

Bay Area Bites Christmas Dinner Menu: 6 Fabulous Recipes

| December 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bay Area Bites shares a six-course Christmas Dinner Menu to celebrate the holiday.

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Decadent Dessert: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Caramelized Blood Oranges

Decadent Dessert: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Caramelized Blood Oranges

| December 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wobbly panna cotta, which means “cooked cream” in Italian, is a light but decadent dessert worthy of the holidays. It is the perfect antidote to a rich and heavy dinner.

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An Elegant Starter: Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) Soup with Chestnut Pesto

An Elegant Starter: Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) Soup with Chestnut Pesto

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

This silky, creamy vegetable soup gets a burst of flavor from extra lemony pesto. It’s special enough to kick off a holiday dinner, and easy enough to serve it for a cozy winter weeknight supper.

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British-Style Roasties: A Whole New Potato

British-Style Roasties: A Whole New Potato

| December 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

These roasted potatoes are classic in the UK but unbeknownst to most Americans, so I’m going to introduce you. Meet the crispy, creamy, decadent rock stars of the potato world.

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Glamorous Comfort Food: Succulent Braised Short Ribs for Christmas

Glamorous Comfort Food: Succulent Braised Short Ribs for Christmas

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rich and decadent doesn’t have to mean hours sweating over the stove, or a huge dent in your wallet. Make these succulent braised short ribs the centerpiece of your Christmas dinner, and you won’t be disappointed.

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Christmas Kale Salad with Pomegranate,Tangerine and Avocado

Christmas Kale Salad with Pomegranate,Tangerine and Avocado

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why do you need another kale salad recipe? Because not only will this one blow your mind with awesomeness, but I can give you five good reasons to make it.

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Herb & Gruyere Gougères: Perfectly Cheesy Puffs for Holiday Appetizers

Herb & Gruyere Gougères: Perfectly Cheesy Puffs for Holiday Appetizers

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Even though these feel fancy and special, they are very quick to make and pop into the oven at a moment’s notice. They are great alongside just about anything: soup, salad, bubbly, or on their own.

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DIY Gifts: Southern Christmas Confections

DIY Gifts: Southern Christmas Confections

| December 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Forget whole grain, naturally sweetened cookies. For holiday gift-giving, nothing beats old-fashioned, sugar-filled treats, like this trio of Southern-style confections from Kate Williams.

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DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

| December 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.

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Making Chocolate Truffles with Charles Chocolates: Recipe and Google+ Hangout Video

Making Chocolate Truffles with Charles Chocolates: Recipe and Google+ Hangout Video

| September 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chuck Siegel, owner and chief chocolatier of Charles Chocolates, shows Bay Area Bites readers how to make their own easy and outrageously delicious chocolate truffles. Stephanie Rosenbaum tries out his technique at home.

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Garlic and Herb Stuffed Brussels Sprouts

Garlic and Herb Stuffed Brussels Sprouts

| December 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

While you might be done with the Christmas party circuit, it isn’t quite over yet. Whether you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party of your own or attending as a guest, I have the perfect party appetizer–Stuffed Brussels Sprouts! Yes, you heard me, Stuffed Brussels Sprouts.

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Absinthe Jellies: I Got Them from Tom

Absinthe Jellies: I Got Them from Tom

| December 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

These jellies are not for children, which is a good thing because in all likelihood, they would not like them. They are what they are, which is incredibly alcoholic. 110 proof. Please serve, suck, and chew them responsibly.

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Apple Crumb Cake: A Naughty Version of the Nice

Apple Crumb Cake: A Naughty Version of the Nice

| December 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

This is officially my new favorite coffee/breakfast/snack/anytime cake. It has a comforting heft to it. It will remind you of apple picking and old fashioned donut shops. The cake on its own is wonderful, but the crumb topping makes it swoon-worthy. You will eat every last crumb. Promise.

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Cranberry & Rosemary White “Christmas” Sangria

Cranberry & Rosemary White “Christmas” Sangria

| December 21, 2012 | 10 Comments

Who doesn’t love a seasonal sangria. The way I see it, it’s just another wine pairing. Right? Since it is Christmas time, I wanted this one to not only resemble the holiday flavors but also the colors. If you ask me, it is simply beautiful.

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