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Best Recipes of 2014

And so yet another year draws to a close, all year I found myself writing or doing the math on "2004" – then feeling puzzled why it didn't look quite right. Oops. It's the week when many of us reach out to say thanks to those who bring meaning to our lives and I've been grateful to hear from so many of you in the last while. So please, let ME say thanks. I'm grateful for your time, your consideration, your comments, your emails, your likes, your shares, your PINs – and most of all that you invite me into your kitchen, trusting me to inspire the meals you prepare for those you most love, the shared curiosity for seasonal ingredients and healthy techniques, the ideas and pleasures that make the kitchen table the gathering place in so many homes. Kitchen Parade is fast approaching 500 columns, a body of work that gives me immense pride. But it would be mere pixels careening about the internet without all of you. I thank you, I thank you.
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Smoked Salmon Spread

The Recipe: Looking for a healthy appetizer for New Year’s? Think smoked salmon spread on crackers, low-carb and just 1 Weight Watchers point for two tablespoons. It’s good for you but tastes rich and indulgent.The Conversation: The many ways (and places) to discover smoked salmon. PS For all looking for traditional recipes for New Years, the ones that bring "good fortune" for 2015, check out New Year's recipes! This is my last recipe for 2014, on New Year's Eve, look for one of my favorite things to think about, a look back at the favorite recipes of the year! Twas was a salmon-lover’s heaven, I tell you. While visiting cities along the Baltic Sea back in June, we ate smoked salmon two or three times a day, never once tiring of the stuff.At breakfast, Scandinavian hotels put out incredible breakfast buffets. The major appeal? Platters of smoked salmon, more specifically, the Nordic "gravlax", wet, salt-cured salmon quite similar to the "lox" of l…

Chocolate-Almond Shortbread Cookies

The Recipe: Another idea for your cookie Christmas plate – or for shipping cross-country to your favorite cookie monster. The crisp little chocolate shortbreads are slice 'n' bake, easy-easy to make and "low sugar" or what I call "almost sugar free". For anyone who avoids wheat? The cookies are also made with almond meal instead of flour, that makes them gluten-free. All this adds up to Low Carb and Weight Watchers friendly too! No need to worry, though, everyone enjoys these bite-size chocolate-almond cookies.This week on A Veggie Venture, something special, a beautiful video featuring expert lefse-maker LeAnne Kruger, sharing her recipe, tips and techniques for How to Make Lefse, the soft, tender Scandinavian bread that's traditional at Christmas. It just might add to your Christmas spirit! My 88-year old father is a life-long cookie monster. In the years we spend Christmas together, he’s the first at the table for our traditional any-time-of-day “coo…