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Holiday Cookie Recipe: Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Holiday Cookie Recipe: Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

| December 6, 2011 | 2 Comments

Megan Gordon shares her seasonal recipe for Homemade Peppermint Sandwich Cookies.

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Holiday Cocktails for a Crowd

Holiday Cocktails for a Crowd

| December 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

Dust off the punch bowl! Jazz up the crock-pot! Holiday cocktails to bring warmth and cheer to the whole party.

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Rejoice: Arizmendi Bakery’s Remarkable Fruitcake

Rejoice: Arizmendi Bakery’s Remarkable Fruitcake

| December 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

Megan Gordon demystifies fruitcake at San Francisco’s Arizmendi Bakery.

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Black Tart

Black Tart

Now’s the time for Black Tart, a warming dessert from the winter pantry, succulent with dried fruits, citrus, nuts, and spices.

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Memories of an Italian Christmas

Memories of an Italian Christmas

| December 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Buon Natale!

There are a lot of reasons that we love Italy here in San Francisco. The heritage of our city, caught in the hiss of a thousand espresso machines every morning and the beckoning scent of chopped garlic sizzling in olive oil at night, is a melting pot, to be sure, but a fine portion of the pot can be traced back to Genoa and Liguria, Venice and Rome, Sicily and Sardinia.

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Ovaltine Ice Cream: Christmas without The Fluff

Ovaltine Ice Cream: Christmas without The Fluff

| December 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

The way I felt about my Ovaltine ice cream was precisely the way I feel about Christmas– what was initially a simple, delightful, and comforting idea had transformed into something complicated, annoying, and stress-inducing. This little exercise in making a malted ice cream became, in it’s own way, an unexpected gift– I realized that it wasn’t Christmas (or my ice cream, for that matter) that I had grown to loathe, it was all the the other stuff– the irritating marshmallowy fluff– that gets in the way.

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Trouble-Free Christmas Breakfast Strata

Trouble-Free Christmas Breakfast Strata

| December 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Holiday egg strata is my standard stress-free meal for a decadently delicious holiday breakfast. After trying this out a few years ago, I’ve never looked back. I love that I can make this dish the night before, so the only thing I have to do on Christmas morning is stick it in the oven.

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Constructing A Gluten-Free Christmas Dinner

Constructing A Gluten-Free Christmas Dinner

| December 21, 2010 | 16 Comments

A gluten-free Christmas dinner is easy to prepare when you’ve got a list of trusty recipes to guide you.

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

| December 17, 2010 | 12 Comments

These gluten-free gingerbread stars and ninjabread men are the cutest, tastiest gluten-free cookies you’ll see all year.

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Roasted Brussels Sprout Chips with Lemon and Parmigiano

Roasted Brussels Sprout Chips with Lemon and Parmigiano

| December 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Crispy Brussels Sprout Chips, inspired by Marlowe’s signature dish. Salty, crispy, flavorful, and best of all, a healthy dose of vegetables during this cookie-laden season.

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Gluten-Free Bakeries Bring Holiday Cheer

Gluten-Free Bakeries Bring Holiday Cheer

| November 30, 2010 | 19 Comments

December is just about here, which means that Bay Area gluten-free bakeries are beginning to roll out their fabulous holiday treats.

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The Claremont Hotel Club and Spa’s Winter Wonderland

The Claremont Hotel Club and Spa’s Winter Wonderland

| November 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

100 pounds of sugar, 390 pounds of flour, 60 pounds of eggs, and 100 pounds of candy are among the ingredients for a ten foot tall gingerbread house at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa. Last night at the Claremont’s annual Holiday Open House, over 200 guests showed up to see the unveiling of the big gingerbread house.

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Gathering, Roasting and Cooking with Chestnuts

Gathering, Roasting and Cooking with Chestnuts

| November 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

My trip to Italy got me thinking about why we don’t see chestnuts as publicly available in the Bay Area. I had a minor eureka moment and remembered that years ago the Chronicle had mentioned that you could collect chestnuts somewhere in San Mateo County. Upon my return I took a quick trip down to Skyline Chestnuts and did some gathering. Apparently, the chestnut season is fairly brief. It started mid-October and ends this weekend before Thanksgiving so if you are interested in DIY chestnut collection don’t delay!

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Chestnut Soup for the Holidays

Chestnut Soup for the Holidays

| November 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

The autumn harvest is here, brilliant with salads laced with pomegranates and red Starkrimson pears, poached quinces, shredded Brussels sprouts sauteed with pancetta. And chestnuts, lovely, shiny brown chestnuts, here roasted and pureed into a rich and elegant soup, perfect for starting any holiday meal.

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