RECIPE: Christmas Peppermint Hard Candies

Use your holiday cookie cutters to make these fun mint shapes from conventional peppermint candies. Photos courtesy Reynolds Kitchens.   We love the recipe developers at Reynolds Kitchen, who often surprise us with their creativity. Just by looking at the photos, you can see what they’ve done with an everyday bag of striped peppermint candies.…
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RECIPE: Holiday Oysters With Cranberry Cocktail Sauce

Make cranberry cocktail sauce for the holidays. Photo courtesy Willapa Oysters, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.   The Pilgrims may well have had oysters at their first harvest feast. We know that mussels were easily picked from rocks along the shore, and oysters were native to the local estuaries, where rivers and streams…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Cranberry Vodka

Should you change your vodka for the holidays? Some vodka producers make seasonal flavors. Pinnacle Vodka, for example, has a portfolio of holiday flavors that include Caramel Apple, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint Bark. Finlandia, Skyy and Smirnoff make cranberry vodka. Maybe you’ll be luckier than we’ve been in finding it. So here’s another…
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STOCKING STUFFER: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crisps

We love Pretzel Crisps year-round. The flat, bite-size pretzels are terrific for snacking from the bag, dipping into hummus or other dip favorite, topping with peanut butter and a slice of apple, or turning them into canapés, topped with cheese, ham, smoked salmon and so forth. Throughout the year, Pretzel Crisps are available in Original…
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RECIPE: Pecan Cheese Ball “Pine Cone” For The Holidays

Here’s some food fun for the holiday season—especially when you receive a gift tin of gourmet pecan halves! Not only does this cranberry cheese ball make an impression on the appetizer buffet, but it’s easy enough that you can let older children put it together as their contribution. The recipe is courtesy Sonia, who writes…
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