Santa’s Fairies Make Candy Cane Dust!

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Candy Cane Dust.  Minty, pink fun!

Imagine, sprinkled on hot cocoa, coffee, ice cream, cuppycakes, candy.

Just take some peppermint candies or candy canes and crush them finely in a blender or food processor.  Just be sure to store in an airtight container so the dust does not stick together.

Apricot~Bourbon Glazed Ham

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To celebrate the Winter Solstice and the holidays our family often times bakes a lovely, spiced ham.  Ham is one of those great dishes that gives you a lot of wonderfully delicious leftover dishes, such as macaroni and cheese (check back tomorrow for that tasty recipe!), omelets, egg bakes or just really tasty ham sandwiches!

Ingredients

  • 1 bone-in fully cooked half ham (about 10 pounds), rind removed
  • 1 1/2 cups apricot jam
  • 1 1/2 cups bourbon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with rack in lower third. Wrap ham in a large piece of parchment-lined foil and place, cut side down, on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet; bake 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring jam and bourbon to a rapid simmer over medium-high. Cook until reduced by half, about 40 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and pepper and cook 2 minutes. Reserve 1 cup glaze for serving.
  2. Remove ham from oven and increase temperature to 425 degrees. Unwrap ham, carefully flattening parchment-lined foil against baking sheet. With a sharp knife, score fat with long cuts, 1/2 inch apart. Bake 15 minutes.
  3. Remove ham from oven and brush all over with some glaze. Bake until ham is deep golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 145 degrees, 45 to 60 minutes, brushing ham with glaze every 15 minutes (wrap tip of bone in foil if it begins to over brown). Transfer ham to a carving board, tent with foil, and let rest 30 minutes before carving. Serve warm or at room temperature with reserved glaze.

Bacon Wrapped Feta & Almond Date Appetizers

Ingredients

16 large dates
2 oz. Mild Feta Cheese
32 PLANTERS FLAVOR GROVE Skinless Almonds Sea Salt & Olive Oil
8 slices bacon, cut in half
Directions

  1. Cut slit in long side of each date, being careful to not cut completely through date. Remove and discard pits. Cut cheese into 16 (1×1/4-inch) sticks. Stuff each date with cheese and 2 nuts.
  2. Wrap 1 bacon piece around each date, completely enclosing cheese. Place on rack of broiler pan.
  3. Bake 14 to 15 min. or until bacon is crisp, turning after 8 min. Cool 5 min; transfer to plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tamari~and~Maple~Roasted Almonds Crunchy, Sweet Smoky GOODNESS!

  • Yield Makes 2 cups
    Serves 6
Ingredients

  • 10 ounces whole shelled almonds
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium tamari
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until lightly toasted and fragrant, 7 to 8 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine tamari and maple syrup. Add almonds, and toss until thoroughly coated. Lightly cover the baking sheet with cooking spray, and spread almonds evenly on sheet.
  3. Roast in oven until deep brown, stirring once, 15 to 17 minutes. Immediately transfer to a clean baking sheet, and spread out almonds, separating so nuts don’t touch. Let cool before serving.

Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Recipe and photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.com

Delicious and easy to make!!

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 7 medium)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until very tender when pierced with a knife, 1 hour. When cool enough to handle, halve sweet potatoes. With a spoon, scoop out flesh (discard skins); transfer to a food processor. Add butter and syrup; process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

    Serves 8

Bread Machine Boston Parker House Rolls

These gorgeous, light, buttery rolls were originally served at Boston’s historic and famous Parker House Hotel, the very same hotel that created the Boston Cream Pie and served these delicious creations to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The Omni Parker House is an incredible hotel and if you’re ever in Boston overnight, I highly recommend staying there.  It’s charming and beautiful.  The rooms are elegant, classic, simple and reminiscent of an old turn of the century hotel.  And do make sure you have room service bring you some Parker House rolls and pie!
 
Parker House Rolls / Bread Machine Version
Ingredients:
3 cups bread flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/2 cup butter, softened, Do Not Use Margarine*
1 large egg (Whisked)
3/4 cup water (120F*)
2 tablespoons water (120F*)

Directions:

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Directions Add water, 1/4 cup butter, egg, salt, bread flour, sugar and yeast to bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer.
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Select dough/manual cycle.
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Meanwhile, put 1/4 cup butter in baking pan.
4
Melt butter over low heat.
5
Tilt pan to grease bottom.
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When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to lightly floured surface.
7
Roll out dough 1/2-inch thick.
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With floured 2 3/4-inch round cutter, cut dough into circles.
9
Holding dough circle by the edge, dip both sides into melted butter in pan; fold in half.
10
Arrange folded dough in rows in pan, each nearly touching the other.
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Knead trimmings together; re-roll and cut more rolls.
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Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place about 45 minutes, or until doubled.
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Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven 15 to 18 minutes, or until done.
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Remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.
15
Brush With additional butter if desired.
16
Makes approximately
12-18 rolls