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breakfast Christmas coffeecake desserts Holidays Recipes

CRANBERRY VANILLA COFFEE CAKE



Musical pairing – Please Come Home For Christmas by The Eagles

This will be one of those posts I beg forgiveness in advance about my photos (which I normally don’t do); you see, I made this coffee cake last year for Christmas before I started blogging or had any inkling about photography.  At the time, I had no idea to bounce light, style a shot or even how to use natural light.  And not that I do these things perfectly now, but let’s just say I’ve been practicing . . . regardless of what you may think about the photos, I am begging you to make this Cranberry Vanilla Coffeecake!!!  Notice the triple ‘!!!’ – that means this cake ranks quite high on my very snooty nose in the realm of coffee cakes!!!  And it’s perfect, perfect, perfect for Christmas morning while opening gifts or any other holiday brunch table!!! Oops – I did it again!!!

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Christmas Food & Wine Holidays jam Recipes

RED APPLES, GREEN PEARS & PEAR JAM WITH VANILLA BEAN


Musical pairing – Winter Song by Sara Bareilles (with Ingrid Michaelson)

As a child, I remember my mother canning tomatoes, making grape juice in jars, putting up pickles, freezing green beans and corn and making jams; in fact most families did because we lived in a rural town surrounded by the Blue mountains and farms. Everyone gardened during the summer months and fruits and vegetables were seasonal – meaning that apples were in the stores in the fall and strawberries were in the produce aisles during the summer – ‘year-round’ produce wasn’t available. So we canned or preserved what we could get our hands on while it was in season.

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drinks

PUMPKIN SPICED LATTE – DIY STYLE


Musical pairing – Autumn Leaves by Eva Cassidy

Hello, my name is Debra and I am a hardcore coffee snob.

Here at Smith Bites, we drink a lot of coffee and I don’t know if it’s because I’m a Seattle girl or because I have an Italian heritage or if it’s because I’ve been to Italy and experienced the real deal.  In fact, I love the taste of coffee more than the hit of caffeine that comes as an added perk.  And the crazy thing is that I never liked coffee until I was in my . . . (cough, cough).  Too strong to drink straight (I swear some of that stuff will set yuh free, know what I mean?) and too bitter, even with heaps of cream and sugar.  Then on the other end of the spectrum, I’d had the equivalent of hot water with a splash of coffee thrown in for good measure . . . sigh . . . I just didn’t get what all the hoopla was about.