Our Homemade Gingerbread House

Simple truth: I can’t think of anything more magical, more whimsical, or more lovely than a gingerbread house at Christmastime.

One of my favorite childhood memories is of my Grandma Alice carrying a large, ornate gingerbread house to the center of her kitchen floor during a family Christmas gathering. All of the children – the cousins – screeched with joy as she laughed and encouraged us to rip it apart, to eat it, to smash it! Continue reading

Saltine Toffee

Baker beware! Saltine Toffee is very addictive.

I first tasted it 5-years ago at a relative’s home, and once I enjoyed my first bite, I couldn’t stop eating it. When the recipe was shared with me, I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had contained an illegal ingredient.

Of course it didn’t.

What it did contain were copious amounts of butter, brown sugar and chocolate: No wonder it was so good! Continue reading

Pure Vanilla Extract

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you already know that I’m an egg snob. I should also probably confess that I am a vanilla extract snob as well (okay, and maple syrup – but that is a post for March 2013). Imitation Vanilla Extract contains lignin, a byproduct of the paper industry, and can also contain high fructose corn syrup, coumarin, and artificial color. Continue reading