Burnt Sugar Almonds

Burnt Sugar Almonds are the perfect blend of sweet and salty. They are so delicious – I can’t stop eating them! Plus, they will make your house smell amazing!

Burnt Sugar Almonds - perfect for a Food Gift this holiday season! | ChezCateyLou.com

There are 7 more shopping days until Christmas! Do you have everyone crossed off your list yet? If not (and even if you do!) I have a wonderful idea for a holiday gift – a gorgeous new cookbook! This book, Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture is full of gorgeous photos and tons of delicious recipes. It would be the perfect addition to any cook’s collection, and also makes a great coffee table book.

I love the idea of making something from a cookbook and then giving it as a gift with the book. I made Burnt Sugar Almonds from the Almonds book and wrapped them up in a cellophane bag tied with a pretty little ribbon. It makes such a cute and thoughtful gift, not to mention a delicious one!
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Easy Fried Rice with Asian Vegetables

This Easy Fried Rice with Asian Vegetables is a quick and easy go-to vegetarian dinner solution that is so healthy and flavorful!

Easy Fried Rice with Asian Vegetables #EatSmartVeggies | ChezCateyLou.com

Does this situation sound familiar to you…you’ve had a long day at work.  You get home and are just so tired, yet you need to somehow get a healthy dinner on the table.  That sounds like pretty much every night for me!  So I am always on the lookout for new quick, easy, and healthy dinner ideas.  This Easy Fried Rice with Asian Vegetables is my new go-to!  It is packed with flavor and is so easy to make thanks to Eat Smart‘s Shanghai Blend Stir Fry Kit.  No washing and chopping veggies required here – just open the bag and you have 5 different nutritious superfood veggies ready to go for your dinner, plus the stir fry sauce!… 

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Christmas Cookie Roundup

A Christmas Cookie Roundup – 25 of my favorite cookie recipes to make this holiday season! They are all so festive and delicious!

Check out The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Cookie Season!

by Chez CateyLou at Foodie.com

(Click the images in the slideshow above for the recipes. The collection of recipes is on Foodie.com)

It is the most wonderful time of the year… Christmas Cookie Season!  To me, Christmas cookies are one of the best parts about the holiday season.  I can’t get enough of them!  I created a collection of 25 mouth-watering and festive cookies.  The collection is on the Foodie website, and you can also click through the slideshow above.

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Raspberry Chocolate Tart

A light and flaky tart shell is filled with rich chocolate ganache and topped with fresh raspberries. This Raspberry Chocolate Tart is a stunner, and is actually easy to make!
Raspberry Chocolate Tart | ChezCateyLou.com

It literally could not be grosser outside today. Cold and gray and pouring – Will and Kate got the worst weather in NYC!!

Luckily I have a little ray of sunshine on the blog today with my Raspberry Chocolate Tart! And there is a lot more berry love where that came from – My friend Rebecca from Living Better Together is hosting a Merry Berry Holiday Hop!  We are celebrating Christmas together with all things berry!  Scroll to the bottom of the post to check out all the berry goodness.
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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms, made with butter instead of shortening, get a festive holiday twist with colored sugar. A Hershey’s Kiss is the final touch!
Peanut Butter Blossoms Christmas Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com

It is official – I have Christmas baking fever. I can’t stop making festive baked goods! The same thing happened to me last year – it is just so much fun to bake this time of year. I love baking old favorites like these and trying something new, like these Peanut Butter Blossoms!

I am not alone in my baking obsession – my friend Erin from The Speckled Palate decided to declare this week Christmas Cookie Week! I am thrilled to join her and some other great bloggers in celebrating all things butter and sugar! If you want to join us this week head to this link to learn more!
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