Category Archives: Holidays & Memorable Occasions

Grandma B’s Fruitcake

When I was growing up, fruitcake was enjoyed mostly by grown ups around the holidays. It seemed to be an adult treat; a desire for the fruit-filled doorstop escaped me entirely. My mom, her friends and my aunts looked forward … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Fruit Salad

“One heart for you and one heart for me…no seeds!” My grandfather, Claude Belles, raised 10-acres of watermelons every year on incessantly thirsty ground in Hermiston, Oregon during the early 1950s. He was a man of few words who never … Continue reading

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Applesauce Fruitcake with Honey

When I was growing up, fruitcake was enjoyed by most grown ups around the holidays. It seemed to be somewhat of an adult treat; a desire for the fruit-filled doorstop escaped me entirely. My mom, her friends and my aunts … Continue reading

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Cherry Winks Cookies, 7-Layer Bars, Russian Tea Cakes, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Red Raspberry Bars and Oreo Cookie Bites

Last weekend I read that Americans love their holiday cookies and they look forward to cookies during the season more than any other treat. So I’ve put together a repertoire of cookie and cookie bar recipes. Most are old recipes … Continue reading

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Christmas Pudding with Lemon Sauce

Today we’re having dessert first with one of the winners to the “2011 Favorite Holiday Recipe Contest.” Shelly Bevington-Fisher from eastern Oregon shares an Old English treasure with a twist.   Christmas Pudding with Lemon Sauce Pudding: 1 cup unsalted … Continue reading

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Cardamom Bread

When we begin settling-in for winter and preparing for the busy holiday season, I think back fondly of my late mother-in-law, Helen Robertson. Helen introduced me to the cardamom spice and to making cardamom bread when I was in my … Continue reading

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Corn and Chipotle Pepper Chowder

This unique roasted corn and smokey chipotle chowder was originally created by Chef Tim Wilkins, formerly of Rebecca’s Restaurant at the Lodge in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. It has become a classic holiday meal for us that’s usually served on Christmas … Continue reading

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Classic Rum Balls

Classic Rum Balls 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon ground allspice ½ cup dark or light rum 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 ½ cups very finely crushed vanilla wafers 1 cup finely chopped, … Continue reading

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Creamy French Fudge

Creamy French Fudge 1-14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1-12 ounce package milk chocolate chips 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 teaspoon pure vanilla 1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped Combine sweetened condensed milk, milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate … Continue reading

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Chocolate Swirl Bark with Cherries & Pistachios

Chocolate Swirl Bark with Cherries & Pistachios 2 cups (1-12 ounce package) semi-sweet chocolate chips 6 ounces (3 squares) white candy coating 1 cup toasted pistachios or pecans, chopped and divided 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries In a medium-size … Continue reading

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