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Crackers, Caramel Corn and Christmas

Over the past few days we have shared recipes for corned beef and pastrami, along with chutney, pickles, and candied jalapeƱos, and a couple of different cheeses. Now we need a reliable method to transfer all this yummy goodness from the charcuterie board to our eagerly awaiting lips...enter the homemade cracker! And to counter the savory we have added a little sweet with a caramel corn recipe. Both recipes, and many more, can be found in Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life. Be sure to come back tomorrow when we will be sharing an Irish Cream and vegan hot cocoa recipes.

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Make Your Own Cheese or Cheeze at Home

Cheese, how do I love thee let me count the ways! I think we can agree that cheese is one of the stars of the holiday food season, but for a variety of reasons; allergies, ethical, or otherwise, we can't all abide in animal dairy. So in the name of inclusion, and to aid in the continuation of the cheesy love affair, we are including two recipes today.

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A Holiday Charcuterie Board

Cured meat products arose from the need for preservation, in a time when cooking and refrigeration were not always available. Today, charcuterie is an embodiment of art in the kitchen, combining precision, balance, patience, and creativity.

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DIY Kombucha gets in the spirit!

In DIY Kombucha: Sparkling Homebrews Made Easy by Chef and Registered Holistic Nutrionist Andrea Potter, you will find the answers to key questions including "where does all that sugar go?. "do I need to get a sitter for it when I go on holidays?', and does this SCOBY look normal?"

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