Food & Party Snacks  &  Desserts

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    During the winter, my bedroom is not dissimilar to the small, gravity-free, coffin-like spaces where the astronauts slumber. I put in ear-plugs, I cover all exposed flesh, I curl into a fetal position. I do everything I can to keep the cold at bay.

    When I do venture forth from my makeshift Space-Shire, it is solely for nutrients. The foodstuffs I consume are meant to impart as much comfort as the nest wherein I sleep. This means I eat a lot of chocolate. Like, cliched-girl-going-through-a-breakup amounts. Then I ask everyone if I look fat. Then, for fun, I cry.

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    Dear New Giant M&Ms: I Love You

    posted by Rebecca Stokes December 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM in Food & Party
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    Dear Mega M&Ms:

    It has been too long since I have last seen you. When our dear mostly deaf pastor brought me news that your arrival would be delayed until May of 2014, I wept bitter tears. However am I to manage without your presence throughout this long, cold, winter? I went for a snowy walk with our mutual acquaintance King Size Snickers, but he melted, I am sorry to say, in both mouth and hand: Forgive me my infidelity. The nights are long, chocolate delicious, my belly hollow, and I am weak and sweet-toothed in disposition. 

    All my life, it seems, I have waited for you, as if in a dream. There are days even now when I am sure you cannot be real. As a girl, all the other women of my parish would oggle the "regular M&Ms" who strutted up and down the thoroughfare in their kidskin spats and feathered hats. 

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    One of my favorite things about Christmas desserts is that they're usually just as pretty as they are delicious. Who doesn't love decorating the table with something colorful, adorable, and scrumptious? Here's eight simply sweet and delightful Christmas desserts everyone will love to see and eat -- some of these recipes are unbelievably easy, too!

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    Mmm, mmm, mmm! 'Tis the season for all things delicious -- and yummy holiday desserts are definitely at the top of my splurge list right now. But sometimes it's tough to find new recipes to fit my palate that are also kid-friendly -- which is why I'm bouncing off the walls over this awesome Gingerbread Cupcakes recipe from Betty Crocker.

    OMG. Gingerbread. It's the best. I mean ... how can you have Christmas without the sweet, yet subtle spicy flavor of gingerbread? You simply can't -- and I know even my picky kiddo won't be able to resist these precious treats.

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    At long last, pizza is getting the recognition it deserves. Star of the classic holiday movie Home Alone Macaulay Culkin has formed a pizza-themed cover band called Pizza Underground. Basically they sing Velvet Underground songs with the lyrics altered so they're about pizza. And honestly? I'm wondering why it's taken so long for this to happen. Obviously pizza deserves a band of its own.

    In fact, there are so many things that are right about this pizza band, my head is spinning. Here are all the reasons why pizza should be honored by a band -- and not just any band, but this particular band.

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    You've trimmed your tree, hung the stockings by the fireplace with care, and constructed a Christmas village that makes the neighbors think you're either crazy or a decorating genius (or both). If you're wondering how else you can get into the holiday spirit and encourage the grinches in your life to embrace this most wonderful time of the year, look no further for ideas.

    Grab a bundt pan, cake mix, and a few other essential ingredients and prepare to create the most gorgeous Christmas cake anyone has ever seen!

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    The holidays are a great time of year for your kitchen. During the rest of the year, you might bake the odd birthday cake or dabble in goose-preparation, but December is the only time of the year when your kitchen is seemingly transformed into a veritable factory producing nothing but tastiness. It's delicious and fun -- and it can also be totally overwhelming.

    The holidays are an endless barrage of parties and people. While it's fun to entertain guests with elaborately prepared new recipes, it's crucial to have some quick standbys ready to go for the unexpected (but no less welcome) visitors.

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    Okay, you're thinking of giving a food gift, but you don't want to hand over a box of cheap drug store chocolate or, God forbid, one of those fruitcakes. You can do better than that! And I'm so glad you asked me for advice, because amazing, beautifully packaged food is something I spend a disturbing amount of time thinking about. Seriously, I have a problem. But my obsession can be your new gift list. Check out my picks for some of the best, most impressive food gifts you can give this year.

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    Yay! The holiday season is finally here -- which means we can totally get away with stuffing our faces with all sorts of yummy treats. And nothing quite says Christmas like a dessert with the perfect peppermint twist -- especially this sweet White Chocolate Mocha Candy Cane Cupcakes recipe from Angie River Show.

    Can you think of a more delish combo of ingredients than chocolate and mocha? It's the best. And then you go and throw peppermint in there and OMG I want to sink my teeth into these things so bad I can hardly stand it.

    Of course, somehow I'm guessing it's impossible to eat just one, so I'd better pick a day when I don't have to squeeze into my skinny jeans before whipping these up.

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    There's nothing like a warm, hearty bread to fill your tummy on a cold winter day. And Nutella, that intoxicating hazelnut cocoa spread that seems to be infiltrating every dessert from cupcakes to s'mores bars, makes the perfect filling for a sweet and substantial bread dessert. It isn't just delicious -- it's really beautiful to look at, too. 

    This Braided Nutella Bread would make the perfect Christmas morning breakfast -- but why wait that long to sample it? Let's get baking!

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