Apple & Hazelnut Mincemeat

Apple & Hazelnut Mincemeat

Every year for the last six years Alex asked me if I would make him mince pies. Every year I was mean and said no. They are plentiful back in the UK and were on sale all the time. The thought of that brown fruit mixture totally turned me off. I could not wrap my head around eating the stuff. It is just not part of the American Christmas tradition.


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Candied Lemon Peel

Candied Lemon Peel

 

This post is the first of three that details how to make the classic British mince pie. The candied peel is only one small component but I decided to make it from scratch. I used all of the candied peel in my mince pies but candied peel and fruit can be enjoyed on it’s own or a impressive gift. Before this weekend I don’t think I’ve ever tried candied peel but it was surprisingly pleasant. Sweet, tart and with a little bit of a chew to it.


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{Book Review} No Experience Necessary

Norman

I’ve read one or two chef memoirs but this is definitely the most crazy “out there” life of a chef that I’ve ever read! Norman Van Aken takes you on a ride of his life starting when he gets out of school and spans the first twenty something years of his life in the restaurant business.


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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let’s pretend that I’m not posting cookies with black and orange chocolate chips in December. Yet again time has got away with me and I have a huge backlog of posts. I never seem to be ahead of schedule.  Thank you Pinterest for making me feel bad. I don’t have any amazing 12 Days of Christmas planned. I managed to make it into work without slipping in the ice and falling on my bum. Now that’s a win!


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Cupcake Book Club #13

Christmas

For this month’s book club I have chosen Christmas at Carrington’s. A few month’s ago Cupcakes’s at Carrington’s was a big hit with the book club. I hope the Christmas themed sequel is just as inspiring! Since it’s holiday time there will be a little more than a month to read and make a creation.


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