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Best Recipes of 2005

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Swiss Bircher Muesli

How to make Bircher Muesli, the traditional oatmeal breakfast from Switzerland. It's a healthy make-ahead breakfast for holiday mornings. In 2000, I was lucky enough to spend ten days hiking in Switzerland. We stayed in several small hotels, one in Zurich, others in the countryside. Each hotel served Bircher Muesli in their breakfast buffets. Each was slightly different, each one was so good that I skipped past the beautiful cheeses and breads for one more tasty bowlful of this oat-yogurt-fruit-spice-nut mixture! Once home, I learned how to make homemade Bircher Muesli, it's such a treat, a taste of the Alps and Heidi meadows, right at home. From my collection of Christmas recipes , this recipe was first published in print in 2005 and is republished online in 2010. On wintry holidays, mornings can start ever so slowly around here. The first one up knows to start the coffee and fill the cats’ dishes. The dog does puppy cartwheels by the door when someone don

Graham Cracker Toffee Recipe

The quick and easy way to make chocolate-covered toffee, starting with a base of graham crackers. This stuff is addictive! And it's not just for kids! Toffee is a holiday favorite for many. But oh! it can be so fussy. Pull out the candy thermometer to achieve the right temperature and consistency – and don’t let it burn! And even if you successfully make it through the cooking stage, the mixture can still be hard to work with. Never again! GRAHAM CRACKER TOFFEE starts with every-day graham crackers that are barely recognizable once miraculously transformed into a crisp, sugary-buttery-caramel base. Then top with chocolate and nuts (or how about chopped peppermint?) and the result is suggestive of a perfectly fresh handmade Heath bar. These are easy and taste great too. At a dinner party awhile back, I watched several people (not kids, grown-ups!) casually reach toward the plate for an extra piece, hoping no one would notice. Be forewarned: these are addictive!

Cranberry-Mac Morsels:
Macadamia Nut-Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries & Fresh Nutmeg

Back in about 2004, this recipe completely puzzled me. I liked the taste so much, I made batch after batch, trying to figure out what was happening. Af first, the texture wasn't right. The trick I finally figured out? You have to make sure sure that the macadamia nut butter reaches a consistency just a stage past runny peanut butter. Finally perfection, so perfect, they were voted the family favorite that year! (And mine is a family with lots-lots-lots of favorite Christmas cookie contenders.) The cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy in the center and lightly spiced with fresh nutmeg. COMPLIMENTS! "... a family favorite. I have to make at least an extra half batch ..." ~ Anonymous "Truly an excellent cookie -- thanks." ~ Susan Once in a while, a recipe shows such promise you make it again and again, until getting it exactly right. That’s what happened with these crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-in-the-middle bright-colored cookies, voted the