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Author: Kathleen Smith

Santa’s Wardrobe Malfunction

Santa’s clearly lost some weight this year, but a few of these “wardrobe malfunction” treats will be just what the doctor ordered to get that belly nice and round (and his pants securely up!) before Christmas. If you love cooking, you probably look forward to holiday baking more than any presents that might be headed your way in December. I have a long list of must-haves for my family every year, and skipping them means a big ol’ blue Christmas at my house. Some of those cookies and candies take hours, even days, to prepare, so I’m always on...

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North Pole Cupcakes

These charming, cheery North Pole Cupcakes are probably the first thing Santa eats to restore his energy after a long Christmas Eve. A fancy, flavorful cupcake supports a giant, snowy drift of peppermint frosting with a cute little sign directing everyone to the place where all the magic happens! Santa’s home and general relaxation spot (at least on December 26th) is the inspiration for these peppermint-frosted, rich cinnamon cupcakes. There are somewhere between 6 and 9 feet of ice that make up the solid “ground” at the North Pole, and that’s roughly the same amount of frosting on these...

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Reindeer Oreos

Reindeer Oreos, complete with a shiny red nose, are an easy way to cook up a lot of fun without a lot of cooking. These adorable reindeer might not be able to pull a sleigh, but they’ll make a festive footprint on your holiday baking. Look out! These chocolate treats are about to unseat Rudolph as the most famous reindeer of all. Everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer can’t hold a candle to chocolate-covered-Oreos turned into a delightful snack. Just some cookies, candy, and pretzels (or, as I like to call them, the three main food groups) are all you need...

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Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Leftover ham helps create a legendary soup full of hearty, creamy white beans with just a hint of fresh thyme and tender chunks of everyone’s favorite smoky, salty piece of pork.  Soup’s on with my easy-but-exceptional Ham and Bean Soup recipe! Spending the evening at a fancy restaurant is every foodie’s dream, wining and dining to your heart’s content (at least until the bill comes). I think we can all agree, though, that being expensive doesn’t necessarily mean something tastes good, and there are some wonderful, inexpensive dishes that can beat the pants off a dainty, five-course meal. Cheaper...

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Knorr Spinach Dip Recipe

When it comes to party food, you can’t go wrong with the classics! It’s the cool, creamy appeal of a colorful bowl of Knorr Spinach Dip full of flavorful aromatics and crispy water chestnuts that will have your guests lining up to eat their veggies! I don’t know about you, but I rarely use my phone for making actual phone calls. It’s more of a multipurpose direction-mapping, text-sending, candy-crushing device, kind of like that piece of exercise equipment we’ve all converted into a really expensive drying rack for clothes. I’ve also never used Knorr vegetable recipe mix for making...

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