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Chocolate Hazelnut Nutcracker Cake

This Chocolate Hazelnut Nutcracker Cake recipe comes from the book, Sky High: Irresistible Three-Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman. Every cake I’ve made from that book has been incredible! The basic cake structure is a foam (or chiffon) cake with goodies added in – graham cracker crumbs, tons of finely chopped hazelnuts, grated chocolate, and pumpkin […]

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Kitchen Q&A: Cheese Course

picture:  Four Easy Cheese Appetizer Ideas Kiasa wrote to me yesterday asking about creating a cheese course. (I immediately started salivating…and thinking.) Last night my husband (and muse) and I sat down to discuss fromage. What would we put on our cheese plate? We came up with a few things to keep in mind when […]

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From My Archives: Waldorf-Like Salad on Mixed Greens

Update: I realized the mayo statement below seems to have nothing to do with the recipe and post! Usually Waldorf Salad is made with mayo. I prefer it made with sour cream and a little lemon juice. _______________________________________________ I don’t love mayo. Sorry, I just don’t. (Unless it’s homemade….) When I was doing Weight Watchers […]

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Spring Dinner Menu #1

Yesterday was a gloriously beautiful day. Instead of heading to the laundromat for some quality family time, I opted for making a nice dinner. Dinner is hard to find around our home these days, but there is no shortage of desserts. (As I’m sure you’ve noticed.) I’m going to try to come up with a […]

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How To Make Candied Nuts

How To Make Candied Nuts | CafeJohnsonia.com

One of the number one questions I get from friends is how to make candied nuts for salads. I confess that candied nuts are one of the reasons I am the salad lover I am. The sweet, salty crunch of candied nuts is irresistible nestled among leafy greens, and coupled with cheese, fruit, and veggies. Mmm… […]

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Thanksgiving Prep

I would feel remiss if I didn’t post what I’m making for Thanksgiving this year. And we are actually attending two Thanksgiving dinners–one tomorrow and one on Friday. I’m making different things for each meal. Thursday:Mixed Greens with Dried Black Currants and Toasted HazelnutsLion House and Cooks’ Illustrated Crescent Rolls with Raspberry Honey Butter (I […]

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Hazelnut Brown Sugar Ice Cream with Coffee-Toffee Sauce

This creamy, smooth ice cream is made with hazelnut-infused whole milk. While it is excellent and rich enough all on its own, a small amount of Coffee-Toffee Sauce makes it that much better. Recipes using hazelnuts you might enjoy: Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies Chocolate Hazelnut Nutcracker Cake Caramel Hazelnut Gelato Hazelnut Toffee Cookies Pear, Chocolate, […]

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