Festive Cranberry Brie Appetizer for Your Holiday Party

Cranberries are not only a symbol of the holiday season—they’re tasty, too. These delicious little bites combine the tart juiciness of fresh cranberries with sweet jam, creamy brie, and salty crackers. They’re colorful, classy, and oh-so-easy to whip up. Check out how to make them after the jump.

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DIY Scented Sea Salt Holiday Hostess Gift

Whether you’re making take-home favors for your holiday guests or want to have gifts handy for your favorite hosts or family members, this do-it-yourself idea is easy, adorable, and useful. Make sure to keep a shaker for yourself: sprinkle rosemary-infused sea salt on roasts, freshly popped corn, or baked fish dishes.

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Christmas and Hanukkah Food Traditions

When I was small, I got to have two Christmas dinners; one was classic American, with ham and all the traditional sides, and one was an Italian version. I’m always fascinated by other people’s food traditions; after all, the food makes the holiday. I asked around the office to find out what my co-workers and their families eat for Christmas and Hanukkah.

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A Casual History of Eggnog

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Eggnog and Fruit Stollen

Eggnog. It’s a “love it or hate it” thing, but I’m squarely on the side of the “love it” crowd. This is probably bad for my goal of zero holiday weight gain, but I’m sure it’s 100% good for my holiday spirits.

If you’re a lover like me, I’ll let you in on a secret: eggnog isn’t for sissies. This drink’s silky-sweet combination of egg yolks, cream, sugar and nutmeg (preferably with a jaunty shot of dark spirits) hides a long run of fame and notoriety. Eggnog is the scandalous rock star of the holiday treats world….

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Mixin’ It Up for the Holidays

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Be Your Own Bartender!

‘Tis the season for throwing holiday parties, and excellent cocktails add a level of sophistication to any festive gathering.

Creating your own cocktails, as opposed to using pre-made concoctions, will maximize both the hospitality offered to guests and the quality of the cocktail in hand. This doesn’t mean you have to spend all night as the bartender.

Check out these easy-to-prepare mixable matches for your next fête:

Double Cross Vodka with Fever Tree Tonic Water, Fever Tree Club Soda, Employees Only Bloody Mary
The silky, sophisticated expression of Double Cross Vodka will work wonders with the crisp and complex Fever Tree Tonic Water in a refreshing Vodka Tonic. Don’t like the bite that tonic offers? Make a smart and simple Vodka Soda with fresh lemon. Brunch parties will be perfect for the hedonistic pair of Double Cross and Employee’s Only Bloody Mary for a proper eye-opener….

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Three Easy and Cheesy Bites

Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Thanksgiving crept up on me really quickly, and I was completely unprepared for the holiday. Well, not this time!

With those other holidays coming up (anyone else notice that the 25 days of Christmas have already started?), I decided to put together three easy and cheesy bites to help alleviate the stress and prep of holiday entertaining.

Goat Cheese & Apple Tartlets
These are a light and flaky treat that will delight your guests, and leave you with plenty of time to enjoy happy hour.

Ingredients:
2 Tart Apples (I used granny smith)
1 1/2 oz. Chevre Goat Cheese
1 lb (1 package) Puff Pastry Dough at room temperature
Honey (optional)
1 Egg
1 tbsp Milk
Makes approximately 24 tartlets

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Turn your Grocery List into Santa’s List!

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Give the gift of Brunch! Love these Sarabeth preserves!

Every year, I feel like my holiday to-do list keeps getting longer. Between baking holiday treats, visiting with friends and family, packing for my trip home, and buying gifts, I find that December just flies by!

This year I realized I could add a lot of gifts to my grocery list. After all, grocery shopping is perfect for the food and drink lovers on your list!  Here are some of my ideas:

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Wrap these delicious PB&J chocolate bars in scrapbook paper for a festive stocking stuffer!

For a Stocking Stuffer Idea: Take a chocolate bar (our PB&J dark chocolate bars are fantastic!) and wrap it in scrapbook paper for a festive touch!

For the budding foodie: Teach kids to grow their own food with the Back to the Roots mushroom garden.  In just a couple of weeks, they’ll have their own pearl oyster mushrooms to enjoy.

Then I decided to ask the people who know our products best – my co-workers. From sweets to beer and everything in between, they came up with a lot of ideas that will surely satisfy anyone on your gift list!…

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