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Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail with Doug Fir Syrup, for The Baking Bird

I am currently in Portland hopping between different Christmas gatherings for the next 4 days, and officially on holiday vacation! It is great being in Portland, visiting with friends and family, but I cannot wait to come home Monday morning and hang out with my kids, before Christmas arrives, and is over. This month has been hard ....more


I head home on Tuesday, just in time to catch the last night of Chanukah 'en famille,' followed by my grandmother's 90th birthday. Considering this time last year, it will feel great to spend some happy, celebratory time together as a family, filled with good food and wine, laughter and probably some highly inappropriate dinner table conversations. I can't wait.With the last night of Chanukah and Christmas fast approaching, I wanted to post a recipe that could swing both ways -- ideal for Chanukah, but perfectly suitable as a Christmas side as well ....more

Mushroom Dill Red Lentil Roast

This is another one of those posts where I share a vegan version of some food that I was never really into in it’s non-vegan form. I think so anyway – this is assuming you could call this a vegan meatloaf. I’ve had a number of people ask me if I have a recipe for veggie meatloaf, and they generally look at me like I’m nuts when I tell them I’m not into the idea ....more

8 easy last-minute homemade gifts

Need an awesome last-minute gift they're sure to love? Try one of these eight super-easy homemade gifts you can make with only one day's notice. Time is running out and you still need a couple of last-minute gifts, don't you? ...more

Tapas Grinch Christmas Party

 It was our monthly Tapas Night last night and we had a bunch of people there.   We also did a Grinch Christmas Present exchange, which is always a fun event. ...more

Spicy Espresso Gingerbread Loaf with Lemon Curd Cream

Spicy Espresso Gingerbread Loaf with Lemon Curd Cream is dense and spicy gingerbread with espresso added for even bigger flavor. ...more

Best Potato Latkes

servings: 15 latkes using tablespoon measuring spoon Ingredients: 4 cups shredded potatoes (1 lb) Frozen hash browns work great! 1 small onion, chopped 2 eggs 3 T scallions, chopped 2 T flour 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper Directions: Combine ingredients together in a large bowl. Using a tablespoon measuring spoon for bite sized latkes and an ice cream scooper for larger latkes, cook batter in batches ....more

Sweet Sunday Six

If all is well in the world, I’m currently flying on a jet plane heading towards Johannesburg. The flight is fifteen hours – the longest I’ve ever been in the air – and I’m hoping with some sleep, a few good movies, and 12 episodes of Serial I’ll be pleasantly entertained for the journey. I guess I’m most likely done enjoying Christmas treats for the year, but here’s to all of you still churning out delicious holiday goodies! 1 ....more

Is Eating Healthy Really More Expensive?

The Issue: Is Eating Healthy Really More Expensive?...more

Overnight Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls with Rum Icing

For a long time, I was scared of making bread. I understood baking powder and baking soda, but yeast was scary. The fact that it was something that was technically alive, something I could potentially kill, was so bizarre and confusing to me ....more