Kate Lea

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Dec 23

Ginger-Molasses Reindeer Cookies

Whether you’re participating in a cookie exchange with friends or making a treat for St. Nick, add these adorable reindeer cookies to your holiday baking this year. As sweet to look at as they are to eat, the salty pretzel antlers complement the season’s favourite flavours of ginger, cinnamon cloves and sweet molasses. These homemade …

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Dec 23

Two-Way Holiday Canapes

Tender puff pastry is prepared with two different toppings to whet the appetites of your Christmas party guests. In one hand, they’ll have tart pears topped with walnuts and sweet honey, and in the other, a salty prosciutto and sundried tomato with bitter arugula. Both are layered on a creamy ricotta cheese base. Everything needed …

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Dec 23

Raspberry Linzer Thumbprint Cookies

Holiday recipes ready in 20 minutes or less Holiday baking shouldn’t feel like an obligation, but when you’re trying to tackle a complicated recipe, the stress starts to stack up. Ready in 20 minutes or less, recipes like the one below will take the ache out of baking and get you feeling festive. Start with …

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Dec 03

Sparkling Pomegranate Citrus Berry Punch

This season’s must-try festive holiday punch Greet guests with a beautiful and fragrant holiday cocktail. This punch can be prepared in advance, allowing for easy serving during celebrations. It’s the perfect way to entertain your guests when you are busy preparing the food for your dinner or party. The punch looks magazine-ready with sliced orange …

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Dec 03

Chocolate Orange Brioche Bread Pudding

The showstopper dessert of the holiday season Every year, there is always one hero recipe that leaves your guests craving for more. This holiday, whip up this rich and delicious brioche pudding that features a soft and buttery sweet loaf made in France that is hand-braided before baking for European-style flavour and flair. “Toasting the …

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Dec 15

Celebrate Christmas – Scandinavian Style

Scandinavia, which includes the countries of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, has a variety of beautiful and unique Christmas traditions. While there are a number of similarities, like the use of candles and a combination of red and white decorative elements, there are also many traditions that are unique to each of the Scandinavian countries. …

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Dec 15

Swedish Christmas Cookies – A Recipe To Make Pepparkakor

Christmas is a special time in Scandinavia and Sweden in particular. Tradition and Heritage are extremely important to Swedish culture and there are many traditions which are widely upheld. In most traditional Swedish homes, the smell of home baked foods and desserts fill the air at Christmas time. The Swedes really love to cook and …

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Dec 14

How to Make Christmas Decorations From Nature

Making Christmas decorations from nature is a very old tradition. The very first holiday decorations were garlands made from tree branches, live Christmas trees, and evergreen wreaths. Natural materials have always been and will always be part of decorating for the holidays. You can decorate your home with items gotten from nature and not only …

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Dec 11

Christmas in Dairyville!

Last weekend my family and I had the pleasure of visiting Alpenrose Dairy in Portland, Oregon.  We were looking for something fun and Christmas-y to do and Christmas in Dairyville fit the bill! Read “Christmas in Dairyville!” after the jump…

Dec 04

Holiday Turkey With a Southern Kick

The pressure to ‘not overspend’ is on for half of Canadians during the holiday season, according to a survey commissioned by Walmart Canada. This year, you can stick to your budget with this delicious Cajun-inspired turkey recipe offers a not-too-spicy kick that uses pantry essentials to serve eight people for just $16.54 or $2.07 per …

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