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Make your Xmas presents…

24 Dec

With so much people running around malls these days around the Xmas season, sometimes it’s not about how much you spend on gifts, but how heartfelt a present can be.  What can be more heartfelt than a gift you make yourself?

Here are a few ideas you can easily make in your kitchen and that for sure, won’t get re-gifted.



You can make a few batches of this easily and bottle them in clean water bottles.  Add a bow and it makes a great hostess gift for any Xmas party.



Tembleque/Coconut Custard

This is a dessert anyone will love – It’s vegan, gluten-free and super easy to make.  Give it away in disposable containers and it makes a great dessert to bring to that holiday party.


Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is mostly eaten at Thanksgiving, but package it in glass jars, but a bow around it and call it Cranberry Preserves and makes a great gift for an office crew.

Guava Piña Cranberry Sauce  KFC

Rosemary Almonds

This is even simpler to make when you buy almonds already peeled…  it’s a great snack for a night of drinks with friends and even to bring to that family gathering to have a little something to nibble on before dinner.


Coquito Ice Cream

Make an extra batch of that Coquito you made for a party and churn it into the best holiday ice cream ever!!!!  This is a gift from you to yourself.

Coquito Ice Cream

Lovely Vegetarian Valentine’s Ideas…

13 Feb

In my experience, Valentine’s Day is the WORST time to make a reservation to go out to eat. Restaurants are full… Service tends to falter… I do not have the best memories of dinners eaten at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day.

However I do believe it’s the perfect opportunity to be romantic with your significant other and to have some private dinner action.

In my opinion… set attainable expectations. Under-promise and over-deliver has always been a personal motto of mine. Do not try to make anything extremely complex or that will take you days and days to make. Instead, go for something simple yet delicious. Something that people might think you slaved over yet it was very easy to put together. This will give you time to focus on what’s important… celebrating the feelings that have brought you together up to this point.

The other day a friend over at FaceBook asked about what would I make if I were making a Valentine’s Day dinner for my significant other. The parameters:

3 courses

No more than 3 things in each course, in other words, SIMPLE

Here was my suggestion to the group, which they all received very, very well:

First Course:

Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms with a micro green garnish dressed lightly with a Meyer lemon dressing. The garnish is to make it fancier, but it’s not strictly necessary at all.


Second Course:

An Asparagus Tart with caramelized onions and goat cheese with a side salad of mesclun greens, grape tomatoes, pickled onions, gorgonzola cheese and walnuts with balsamic vinaigrette.


Third Course:

A Papaya Strawberry Sorbet… and if you don’t have papayas near you, a Very Berry Sorbet will do in a pinch.


This is simple dinner supper idea that can be done super quick… and it’s mostly assembling. I have personally impressed with each and every recipe in this menu. They’re easy to make and with ingredients that are readily available in your local supermarket. Nothing too fancy, yet when put all together… makes a nice statement.

If you would like other ideas for easy impressing a significant other on Valentine’s check out these other options:

Baked Pasta with 4 Cheeses

This is my go-to “impress a new boyfriend” recipe…



Stuffed Tomatoes over Pasta

This is a close second “impress the new boyfriend” recipe…  Haven’t tested it yet on a new boyfriend, but many friends have been awed already.  So much, they’ve requested it time and time again.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Very similar concept to the Asparagus Tart… but with tomatoes.



Manicotti made with Crepes

This is time-consuming, but not difficult at all. You just need to plan a little more in advance…

Gateaux des Crepes

A dramatic interpretation of the crepe… you can still just make the filling and fold the crepe up just like the French do. It’ll taste just as delicious. Believe me.


Happy Valentine’s Day…

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