Akoho sy Voanio – Chicken in Coconut Milk from Madagascar

The rain in not so sunny California has momentarily stopped.  More is on its way for the later part of next week, however in the meantime we are enjoying the sun again.  California doesn’t really have a white Christmas unless you go up north and into the mountains, even though we do have a mild…

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12 Days of Christmas Popcorn Swap Results

The submission time for our popcorn swap has ended.  I’m a bit disappointed that we only have 3 contributors for this swap.  I guess for a new blog, this is not a bad start.  It will be an intimate holiday swap between just the 3 of us.  I’m proud to announce the following bloggers and…

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Puerto Rican Eggnog – Coquito

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….time to pour the eggnog….  Try singing the tune, it really does work.  Ok, that’s a little corny, but I love that classic song.  It’s been a favorite of mine ever since I got to sing it in my 5th grade choir for the Christmas show. So, why…

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10 Versatile Holiday Party Gears for the Hostess with the Mostess

You want to throw a chic holiday party, but you don’t want your holiday finds to catch dust in the closet for the rest of the year.  I always look out for additions to my home and holiday table that I can also use throughout the year.  I also think that after slaving in the…

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Cooking Free Gourmet Thanksgiving

My Thanksgiving menu consisted of apricot glazed turkey (unique, isn’t it?), sausage and chestnut stuffing (love chestnuts… it’s so hearty, it also had button mushrooms in it),  green beans almondine, roasted butternut squash with toasted marshmallows, mash potatoes, cranberry orange relish, and saffron risotto.  Yes, saffron risotto.  With my multicultural family a rice dish always…

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Individual Steak & Ale Pie for Christmas

You may be wondering why I would make steak and ale pie, typical pub food, as holiday food.  Did you know that it originates from a Christmas and New Year tradition in Glasgow? In modern times typically during Christmas, the British eat Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding, a bread pudding made by pouring the batter…

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Peanut Brittle – Classic Gourmet Candy

This post brought to you by Peanut Brittle. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Love Food Life Alchemy. The classic peanut brittle is an iconic treat during the holidays. It’s a representation of homely sweetness that fits right into cozy winter ambiance. This gourmet candy has always been a regular member during…

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A Moroccan Art – Shrimp Bastilla

It really felt like I was doing holiday cooking this weekend.  I spent an entire day in the kitchen and we went full Moroccan this weekend.  There is a sweet and savory dish called Bastilla that Moroccans make for special occasions.  Its layers of flaky pastry like dough filled with warmly spiced meat, authentically chicken…

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