Holiday Baking Series Part One: Thora’s Pink Christmas Cookies

Welcome to the kickoff of our holiday baking series!  I absolutely adore Christmas.  It is the one holiday that I will unabashedly decorate my house for, drag my family to holiday events around town, and bake enough cookies to feed an army.  I created a cookie this year just for my daughter, Thora, who loves all things pink and strawberry flavored.  I am not a fan of food coloring, so I am always looking for creative ways to add color to her cookies.  Inspiration hit when I was tossing a couple bags of freeze-dried strawberries into the grocery cart.

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What Do We Do With All This Zucchini?!? – Zucchini Pepperoni

 

Summer is in full swing and gardens are ripe with produce. Like many of you, we have an OVER-abundance of squash and zucchini and I am forever trying to figure out creative ways to use them. I stumbled across this idea several years ago and my family has grown to love my zucchini pepperoni. Let’s face it, squash and zucchini really don’t have a distinct flavor by themself, so being able to doctor them up is super easy. With the right spice combination, I’ve been able to create a pepperoni taste that is sure to wow even the biggest meat lover.

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Pavlova: The Perfect Summertime Dessert

Pavlova seems to be all the rage this summer.  I keep finding recipes in cooking magazines, blogs and Pinterest.  I first came across pavlova in one of my cookbook perusals as a preteen.  (Yes, I poured over cookbooks at 11.)  But to my young taste buds, a circle of meringue topped with fruit sounded like the most boring dessert ever.  I was so wrong!  This dessert is spectacular in taste and presentation.

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