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Katie's Healthy Bites: More Homemade Gift Ideas

by in Healthy Holidays, December 13, 2009

gift olive oilsSome of the best gifts I’ve given and received have been homemade. The effort that goes into them make the items more meaningful, and the money you save is a gift to yourself in return.

As a chef, I love using my culinary creativity when giving gifts, and these are a few ideas I’ve tried that foodies will appreciate and be sure to use.

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The Veggie Table: Veg-Friendly Foodie Gifts

by in Healthy Holidays, The Veggie Table, December 12, 2009

Sure, there are faux-leather belts or wool-free sweater that you think might be perfect for that vegetarian or vegan friend, but you can be more creative than that. If you need some gift ideas for the veggie lover in your life, read on for some of my favorites.

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Healthy Eats Gift Guide: What to Make & Share

by in Healthy Holidays, December 8, 2009

Gifts
Whether it’s for Hanukkah, Christmas or just because, ’tis the season for giving gifts. If you’re interested in giving away food-related gifts, skip those high-calorie candies or basket of sweets, and check out our ideas instead.

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Spotlight Recipes: Hanukkah Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 7, 2009

Baked Donuts
Each year for Hanukkah I serve up an Israeli-inspired dinner followed by traditional holiday desserts. This menu is a big hit with all our friends (and their kids).

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Pizzelle Cookie Ornaments

by in Healthy Holidays, December 6, 2009

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Cookies are a big part of the holiday season. We all have our favorites along with those nostalgic family recipes. Usually when I bake a fresh batch, the family scarfs them up quickly, but I have clever, crafty way to preserve some of that holiday spirit — cookie ornaments.

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Spotlight Recipe: Crispy Rice Squares

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 5, 2009

Holiday Crispy Rice Squares
My mom and I team up in the kitchen every December to tackle the holiday baking, but this year I’m on my own. Crispy rice cereal squares were the first cookies I ever learned to prepare, and these treats are definitely on my list this year. I love the festive dash of food coloring. You can choose red, green or whatever color says “holidays” to you. Better still, this version is lower in fat than the typical butter-soaked recipe. Because this is an egg-free mixture, there’s no harm in sampling as you go along.

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Spotlight Recipe: Ginger Pecan Oatmeal Crisps

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 4, 2009

ginger pecan oatmeal crisps
No cookie tray would be complete without an oatmeal option. These crunchy cookies combine vitamin E-rich nuts and high-fiber oatmeal with a touch of ginger — all for only 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat (2 grams of saturated fat). We like the Food Network Kitchens’ presentation idea; just wrap them in some festive ribbon and you’ve got a take-home treat for party guests.

(P.S.: Don’t forget to give friends with allergies a heads up on the pecans.)

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Spotlight Recipe: Holiday Sugar Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 3, 2009

hanukkah sugar cookies
When everyone thinks holiday cookies, they automatically assume Christmas, but Hanukkah can have its own special sweets, too. This year, I’m hosting friends and family for three evenings of candle lighting and desserts. Our spread will include these Star of David-shaped sugar cookies, which my family and I pep up with festive blue sprinkles; you can create any holiday theme by using your favorite cookie cutters and icing colors. These are chewy, not crunchy — perfect for the younger kids in the family.

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Spotlight Recipe: Peanut Butter & Chocolate Biscotti

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 1, 2009

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Biscotti
Peanut butter and chocolate — the perfect flavor combination. These biscotti are bit more time- and energy-intensive to make than a basic cookie, but at a five-dozen yield, they are certainly worth the effort. Package them up into decorative tins to give away as gifts or set them out on a platter at a party. Each piece is 105 calories and just under 6 grams of fat, so going back for seconds won’t blow your dessert calorie budget.

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Spotlight Recipe: Orange-Chocolate Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, November 29, 2009

 chocolate-orange cookies
Now that Thanksgiving is over, let the holiday baking season begin! This week, we’re offering up a cookie a day to give you ideas for holiday parties, cookie swaps or simple, healthier choices to satisfy your sweet tooth.

My mother-in-law discovered this recipe last year in a magazine, and these cookies became an instant family favorite. The combination of orange and chocolate makes for a light but decadent cookie. At 90 calories each, you can have one (or two) and not feel guilty about dessert.

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