Tag Archives: 12 Days of Christmas 2012

[Recipe] Overnight Slow-Cooker Sausage and Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

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I am very excited!

My parents (the best parents a girl could ask for, by the way) got me a brand new slow cooker for my birthday (just a couple of days ago)! A new appliance in my household is always cause for serious celebration. It’s kind of a “throw your arms in the air” situation. I love new kitchen stuff.

A slow cooker might just change the way we eat around here. Well, at least the way we cook. I love the new possibilities this one appliance holds.

This overnight casserole, perfect for a Christmas morning set-it-and-forget-it meal for a crowd, is hearty, filling, and great for serving a crowd. It was first served to us my our great friend Holly. Holly is one of the best hostesses I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying with – she always makes sure we’re well taken care of when we visit she and her husband and their cutie pants daughter.

Holly, I stalked your Pinterest boards to find it again. Now I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow morning!

You heard me right – I’m not actually eating this on my Christmas morning. It’s a family tradition of ours to have a huge Christmas breakfast prepared mostly by my dad on Christmas morning. We all agree, it’s our favourite meal of the year. It’s the meal with “all the meats” and dessert. I think it might really be our favourite meal because we’re all together at the table laughing in front of the Christmas tree. With shortbread cookies. 🙂

Either way, there’s no messing with Christmas breakfast in our family. No need to fix what’s never been broken.

I hope this casserole sneaks onto your table Christmas morning. You won’t be disappointed. Don’t skip adding the sun-dried tomatoes (or regular tomatoes, if you’d prefer). We used hot italian sausage, for a bit of an added kick. Additional vegetables, like mushrooms, onions, and green peppers would be great in this casserole.

Thanks again Holly!

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[Recipe] 5-Minute Chocolate Mint Ribbon Fudge

Who doesn’t love dense, creamy fudge?


I knew it. No one doesn’t = everyone loves it.

This particular fudge recipe is one of the quickest and easiest there is. It lends well to all kinds of flavours and add-ins. Just change the flavour of chocolate chips, extracts, and even the sweetened condensed milk, add any combination of add-ins, and you’ve got a myriad of fudge recipes. Let your imagination go wild!

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[Recipe] World Peace Cookies

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“What am I going to say about these cookies?”, I ask my husband.

“That they’re delicious? You could say that.”

These cookies are delicious.

These cookies, originally the creation of Pierre HermĂ©, legendary chocolatier, then adopted by Dorie Greenspan, are a dense chocolate sablĂ©. Few ingredients and not a lot of fuss for a pretty fantastic payoff. This recipe, now widely circulated online, was publised in Dorie Greenspan’s ‘Baking: From My Home to Yours’, one of my most favourite baking books ever. I strongly encourage anyone who bakes to BUY THIS BOOK. It has never ever failed me, and any recipe I try gets rave reviews.

I can’t believe I waited so long to try this recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do.

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[Recipe] Chocolate Salami

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Salami! Chocolate! Chocolate salami!

I fell in love with this recipe as soon as I saw it. It’s just so different and quite stunning really.

I now have this fantasy of slathering two slices of shortbread with english clotted cream, then layering my chocolate salami between them and packing this sandwich for my lunch. I could tote my sandwich down to the river in my lunch bag, where I’d enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee and a book. Anyone want to join me? I’ll bring the sandwiches, you bring dessert.

This chocolate salami recipe, a truffle in disguise, can take any kind of add-ins you’d like to use – I’d just keep some kind of crushed cookie in there for texture. The original recipe calls for sliced almonds and chopped walnuts with the cookies. I’m looking forward to trying this all kinds of different ways – maybe next time with coconut, macadamia nuts, lime zest, and some dried pineapple for a tropical twist.

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[Recipe] Imperial Cheese Cookies

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My very good friend Jenn makes the most scrumptious cheese cookies. They are so addictive, and people demand (nicely, of course) that she make them all the time. Just like those pesky potato chips, you can’t eat just one.

These cookies, also called Newfoundland Cheese Biscuits, are a Canadian tradition. There are several versions of this recipe “out there”, but Jenn’s cookies are the best, since they’re made by such a genuine and kind heart. We were lucky enough to have a batch all to ourselves when Jennifer was passing through our neck of the woods last summer.

If you were looking for another great way to use McLaren’s cheese, you know – that stuff in the red tub – you’d be missing out if you didn’t try these cookies.

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