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Claudia’s & June’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

Note: I mentioned these treats in an earlier post and I felt I could not mention them without giving the recipe.

While I am sure that my mother was not the inventor of this dish—wife Jan insisted that her mother’s name be added to the title—it was a common holiday treat in our house growing up.  Sweet Medjool dates stuffed with crunchy peanut butter and dusted with powdered sugar says “Christmas” in my house. These are easy to make, but they do not last long—even when there are no children around.

Claudia’s & June’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

Claudia’s & June’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

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Karl’s Christmas Fine-Shred Orange and Lemon Marmalade

I have a few recipes that I make again and again. However, my penchant for never making the same recipe the same way twice means that they have morphed since I posted them years ago.  My Christmas marmalade is one such recipe.

Karl’s Christmas Fine-Shred Orange and Lemon Marmalade

Karl’s Christmas Fine-Shred Orange and Lemon Marmalade

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Karen’s Pear Chutney

Adapted from Joy of Cooking (1997)

My sister, Karen, moved to a new home in Port Townsend, WA and there is a pear orchard in the back. In our Christmas exchange this year, I gave her marmalade and she sent me the pear chutney she had made from her crop.  We ate it with an Indian dinner I had made and it went very well. I asked for the recipe to share.

Karen's Pear Chutney

Karen’s Pear Chutney

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Karl’s Spiced Biscotti

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Every year we make several Christmas give-aways—food treats to bring joy to our friends. Recently, I became allergic to tree nuts. Our usual biscotti recipe has almonds in it, so this year I am making a second batch of nut-free, spiced biscotti.

Karl’s Spiced Biscotti

Karl’s Spiced Biscotti

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Karl’s Almond Biscotti

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Every year we make several Christmas give-aways—food treats to bring joy to our friends. It really started to get serious about 15 years ago when we moved a house with orange, lemon and grapefruit trees. I could not stand that the trees produced far more fruit than we could deal with, so I started making marmalade in bulk and giving it away at Christmas.

Karl’s Almond Biscotti

Karl’s Almond Biscotti

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Jan’s Christmas Rum Balls II

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Every Christmas Jan, Myr and Eilene make Rum Balls as give-aways to our friends. Originally they followed the recipe in Joy of Cooking, but a few years ago they started to make changes (adding a little instant coffee, rolling them in cocoa powder rather than sugar, using other liquors rather than rum).

Jan’s Christmas Rum Balls

Jan’s Christmas Rum Balls
 
Chai Rum Balls
Chocolate Chip Grand Marnier Balls                             
                                                             Coffee Rum Balls

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Jan’s Christmas Rum Balls

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Every Christmas Jan, Myr and Eilene make Rum Balls to give to our friends. Originally they followed the recipe in Joy of Cooking, but a few years ago they started to make changes (adding a little instant coffee, rolling them in cocoa powder rather than sugar, using other liquors rather than rum).

Rum Balls

This year they went a little over the top, but to wild success. They still maintained most of the proportions of the original recipe, but they did strange things to the ordinarily plain ingredients, like rum infused with coffee or spices, and adding crystallized orange peel.

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