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It was in the wee hours of Christmas morning that my mother awoke to a stirring in the living room, followed by the exclamation, “Oh, Marvel! You did come!” The year was 1969, and at four, I was thoroughly obsessed with horses already. Of course, in San Francisco, you can’t actually keep a horse in […]

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Double Chocolate Sablés #TwelveDaysofSanta

by Anne Papina on December 17, 2013

Looks can sometimes be deceiving. Take, for instance, these cookies. At first glance, they might seem a bit, oh I don’t know, simple. But they’re chocolate, so you take one. Then with that first bite, you’re hit with a burst of chocolate so intense, you wonder how all that flavor got packed into such a […]

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Viennese Crescents (Kipfel) #TwelveDaysofSanta

by Anne Papina on December 1, 2013

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday season is in full swing. That means baking. Lots of baking. As you know, I’ve been pretty busy in the kitchen these last couple of weeks. First there were the Spritz Cookies, then the Pepparkakor (ginger snaps), followed by the Cinnamon Stars (zimtsterne), and of course the […]

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Russian Tea Cakes #TwelveDaysofSanta

by Anne Papina on November 26, 2013

I think it’s safe to say, no Christmas cookie platter would be complete without a smattering of these little gems–Russian Tea Cakes. The cookies are a form of jumble, which has been around since the Middle ages. They’re dense and buttery, very similar to shortbread; however, they’re rolled into balls, and dipped in powdered sugar, […]

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Switzerland may be the land of sweet confections, but it’s not all about the chocolate come Christmas. Depending on where you are, customs  can be influenced by German, Italian, or French holiday traditions. In searching for something that could represent the country as a whole, I came across these Cinnamon Stars, which are largely a […]

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Pepparkakor #TwelveDaysofSanta

by Anne Papina on November 20, 2013

Gingerbread is practically synonymous with Christmas, and nothing quite beats that aroma wafting through the house. Whether it’s in the form of a gingerbread cake, a funny little man, or a house, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it. And in Sweden, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Pepparkakor–a crisp, thin cookie/biscuit spiced with ginger, cinnamon, […]

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Spritz Cookies #TwelveDaysofSanta

by Anne Papina on November 15, 2013

Let the baking begin! What better way to get into the spirit of the holiday season than to whip up some Christmas cookies? I know, it’s early, but if you get a jump on the baking frenzy now, you can stash them in the freezer so they’re ready for gift giving at a moment’s notice. […]

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Ruby Port Cranberry Sauce #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on October 20, 2013

Who says cranberry sauce is just for the holidays? Around here, we love it on turkey sandwiches, so we roast turkey breast all year ’round, just for the sauce! When I saw that the Foodie Stuntman was getting all saucy this week (for #SundaySupper), I knew I wanted to bring this cranberry sauce–instead of water, […]

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Home for the Holidays

by Anne Papina on December 25, 2012

It’s the wee hours of Christmas morning, and my mom’s house is mostly quiet, finally–bellies are full from a big ham dinner, and everyone is tuckered out from the frenzied gift opening that followed.  Oh, and then there was some additional grazing. We worked up an appetite, ya know.  Now, all the shiny new gadgets […]

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Fresh Cranberry Sauce

by Anne Papina on November 25, 2001

Cranberry sauce is so easy to make, it’s almost a sin to buy the pre-made stuff! Fresh Cranberry Sauce   Save Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 5 mins Total time 10 mins   Cranberry sauce is so easy to make, it’s almost a sin to buy the pre-made stuff! Author: Anne Papina Recipe […]

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