Two-Potato Vindaloo for Food ‘n Flix

Two-Potato Vindaloo will have to do for this month’s Food ‘n Flix feature: The Hundred Foot Journey. . . . → Read More: Two-Potato Vindaloo for Food ‘n Flix

Maple-Chai Pumpkin Muffins

Today is a twofer: These pumpkin muffins and a recipe for a spicy chai mix. . . . → Read More: Maple-Chai Pumpkin Muffins

Spiced Grape-Orange Jam

Just enough grapes this year for one batch of jam—an experiment to combine all my favorite recipes into one. See how it turned out. . . . → Read More: Spiced Grape-Orange Jam

Elixirs for Xmas: Winter-Spiced Vodka

I have always been fascinated with infusions but I have never attempted any.   This year it will be different.

I am planning on giving many liquid gifts  this year and have been doing some early preparations.   For all my Elixirs for Xmas posts, click here.

This potent potable sounds especially delicious.

Winter-Spiced Vodka from Nigella . . . → Read More: Elixirs for Xmas: Winter-Spiced Vodka

Grilling Rubs (in a cool gift box)

Need something for the griller or pit master in your life? Here are five great spice rubs to give and an idea for a practical gift box. . . . → Read More: Grilling Rubs (in a cool gift box)

Mulling Spices

What smells like Christmas to me?

That’s easy…cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.

What tastes like the holidays to me?

That’s easy…something warm, spicy and mulled.

These mulling spice mixes are easy to make and you can assure the freshness of all the flavors involved.    To make small mulling packets to give as gifts, follow the . . . → Read More: Mulling Spices

Gingerbread Granola

Holiday spices in a granola that’s good enough to gift. . . . → Read More: Gingerbread Granola

Maldivian Body Scrub

Ah, wouldn’t a trip to a tropical paradise be great right about now? Can’t carve out enough time to go during this holiday season? Make this spice scrub instead….. . . . → Read More: Maldivian Body Scrub

Rosemary and Thyme Spicy Herb Salt

You will need lots of rosemary and LOTS of thyme for the aromatic herb salt. . . . → Read More: Rosemary and Thyme Spicy Herb Salt

Grape Jelly and Conserves

OK—It is a Jamboree of Jelly and Jam over here.   (Sorry, I couldn’t resist but remember you haven’t had to sit through Peach Palooza and Gala of Grapes this year.)

I have been picking about 5 pounds of grapes every afternoon after work and coming in to make jams and jellies.   . . . → Read More: Grape Jelly and Conserves

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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