Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa - Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa

Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa

Need a last minute drink recipe to impress your holiday guests? Then gather around and take notes! At the request of some of our loyal readers, I have whipped together a super easy, ridiculously delicious boozy hot cocoa recipe that you won’t want to miss. And since we’re doing this so last minute, let’s just cut to the chase… Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup of whole milk 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 ounces of peppermint liqueur 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon Step 1:  In a medium size sauce …

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Peppermint Marshmallows

December largely ruled by one all-encompassing drink… hot cocoa!  And the perfect accessory to this cold weather drink is marshmallows.  Inspired by today’s Nutcracker Christmas winter wedding, we’ve devised a peppermint marshmallows recipe that’s sure to get your toes a-twinkling.  Try your hand at this scrumptious treat and follow along as photographer Julie Neill walks us through the details of this stunning affair: Our Nutcracker inspired photo shoot stems from the modern Bride’s desire to evoke a sense of whimsy, warmth, and vivid imagery from a favorite childhood story into her wedding day! Being a winter Bride can be a challenge …

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Celebrate Everything

  My job as a food writer and stylist has more perks than just getting to taste-test my subjects. From dinner with Giada de Laurentiis to talking rustic pies with Curtis Stone, I get to hang out with some pretty cool people. And one person I am thrilled to constantly cross paths with is Darcy Miller. If you’re a die-hard Martha Stewart fan, then you know exactly who Darcy is. The founding editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, her creative genius and amazing ability to put together a killer party has catapulted her into goddess status. Seriously, Google her… you won’t be …

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Fall Weekend Getaway Essentials

Packing a bag for a weekend getaway can be a bit stressful. You don’t want to bring too much with you, but you also want to make sure you have everything you’re going to need. This becomes particularly tricky when it’s a Fall getaway… the cool breeze, the nights by the fire, the Autumn leaf nature walks. You need to find a balance between romance and practicality. So, to help out with this tricky first-world problem, I’ve put together some Fall essentials to help get your weekend getaway bag off to the right start. As you may notice, over 50% …

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Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …

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Butter Macadamia Truffles

When composing today’s post I found myself at an impasse. Do I lie to you, my loyal reader? Or do I fess up with the cold, hard, ugly truth. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of a bit of ugliness. In fact, I seriously considered looking you straight in the face and in my sincerest, most heartfelt voice flat out lying to you. I was going to write a whole article about how great these truffles came out. That they are easy to make and fool-proof. I was even going to be so bold as to proclaim that they …