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10 Great Cookbooks for Your Holiday Wishlist

10 Great Cookbooks for Your Holiday Wishlist

I own hundreds of cookbooks.  However, they’re not all created equal.  These are ten of my favorites. I believe every cook deserves to own some (or, better yet, all) of these special books.  For me, these books represent a culinary master class.  They present accessible recipes, techniques, and […]

Hearty, Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Strata

Hearty, Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Strata

Keep Christmas morning stress free with this easy peasy breakfast strata.  A simple and elegant alternative to scrambled eggs that can be put together the night before and heated in a cold oven in the morning. Being an avid cook, I used to love to […]

Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Nothing makes a better holiday treat than buttery caramel popcorn.  It is the perfect companion to hot chocolate and a good movie.  Its crunch and saltiness make it addictive.  And, thanks to the microwave, it’s easy enough to make throughout the holidays! I love caramel […]

Rich and Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

Rich and Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

This delicious green goddess dressing is jam packed with herby goodness.  It’s a recipe which has evolved from a sauce Louis XIII’s chef developed to serve with green eel, and it’s still fit for royalty. In South Africa, we are spoiled by the wide variety […]

Festive Hibiscus & Pineapple Infused Gin

Festive Hibiscus & Pineapple Infused Gin

This deep red infused gin is undoubtedly my favourite holiday tipple.  It makes a beautiful gift and really shines in festive cocktails. I am not much of a cocktail drinker.  However, I have to confess that I love a gorgeous cocktail during the holidays — […]

Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup has long been one of my favourite comfort foods.  This version is easy enough for a weeknight, packed with bright flavours, and short on exotic ingredients. I have an outsized collection of cookbooks.  Personally, I blame my cookbook collection on my […]

Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy cocktail nuts are a welcome addition to any happy hour buffet.  They’re filling, satisfying and healthy.  Best of all?  You can make them in under 15 minutes! When I was a little girl, nuts were always an integral part of holiday celebrations.  In those […]

Light and Refreshing, No-Cook, Cold Cucumber Soup

Light and Refreshing, No-Cook, Cold Cucumber Soup

Cold cucumber soup is as refreshing as it is delicious.  It makes an elegant light lunch or a cooling starter for a summer supper. As temperatures rise with the summer heat, I begin to crave cooling foods, particularly cucumbers.  It turns out, this is no […]

Lemony Sweet Potato Pie

Lemony Sweet Potato Pie

I’ve never been a huge fan of pumpkin pie.  But, having grown up in the South, I LOVE  lemony sweet potato pie.  There’s something about that citrus kick that makes it perfectly balanced and irresistible. This year, my eldest daughter, who is all grown up […]

Tangy Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives

Tangy Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives

I love to start a party with marinated olives.  They make a light and healthy finger food that doesn’t leave your guests too full to enjoy their meal. When my guests arrive, I love to have lots of small dishes of nibbles to place around […]