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cookbook-cover-imageThe Global Recipe Project Cookbook

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Available on Amazon, 100% of the profits from The Global Recipe Project Cookbook will benefit not-for-profit organizations which feed people as a central part of their mission. Cooks and food bloggers from around the world have contributed to this amazing book. Over 170 recipes from 65 countries are included. Pick up a copy today, and support a worthy cause!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACheck out a few sample recipes from this cookbook:
Belgian Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Chadian Chicken and Okra
Dutch Windmill Cookies
French Soupe à l’oignon
German Beef Rouladen
Swiss Fondue
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm) 
Black & White Bleed on Cream paper
136 pages
CEK Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0998191607
ISBN-10: 0998191604
BISAC: Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / General

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PromiseLodge-200x300Promise Lodge, by Charlotte Hubbard

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Promise Lodge is a delightful novel. In Promise Lodge, Charlotte Hubbard spins a tale of sisterhood, independence, empowerment, and faith as three Amish women set out to establish a new community. At Promise Lodge, community members will be free to blossom, regardless of their age or gender. Readers will fall in love with the vision and determination of Mattie, Rosetta, and Christine. Readers will cheer for a second chance to unfold between Deborah and Noah, and will fond themselves turning over the wisdom of Preacher Amos as they eagerly turn each page.

Readers who like to dabble in the kitchen will be delighted to know that Charlotte Hubbard includes mouthwatering recipes from Promise Lodge at the end of the book! Happy Reading… and Happy Cooking!


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Peanut Butter Buds


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The number one rule of creating a spectacular cookie display for any holiday event is VARIETY! Think Chocolate and non-chocolate, nuts and no nuts, something red, something green, something intricately frosted, something oversized… and something really, really tiny!

I imagine everyone is familiar with peanut butter cookies topped with a great big Hershey’s Kiss – they’re one of the most popular Christmas cookies around. Today’s Peanut Butter Buds are the little brothers of those cookies… just as delicious, but super small. Each cookie is barely one bite – perfect for a guilt free snack!

Ingredients (makes 4 dozen mini cookies)

6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

1 teaspoon rum

1 cup flour

1/4 cup of sugar (for rolling, not for mixing into the dough)

1 cup of Hershey’s Mini Kisses (or use chocolate chips)


Step 1) Cream together peanut butter, butter, and sugars. Add egg and rum. Mix well.

Step 2) Stir in salt, baking powder, and flour. Refrigerate for at least two hours (or overnight).

Step 3) Roll chilled dough into small balls, approximately the size of a large marble. Use no more than one teaspoon of dough per ball.

Step 4) Roll each ball in sugar and place on greased cookie sheets, leaving at least one inch of space between cookies. Press a chocolate chip or Hershey’s Mini Kiss into the center of each ball, as shown.

Step 5) Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 – 8 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies are just beginning to turn  golden brown.

Step 6) Gently transfer cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before storing.

Speculaas Wreath Cookies


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Speculaas Wreath Cookies were the most popular cookie on my dessert table at a recent holiday event. I do hope you’ll give them a try! Speculaas are Dutch spiced cookies in a wide variety of shapes, the most common of which are better known as windmill cookies. Whether you cut them into wreaths or windmills, these delightful cookies get their signature flavor from a spice blend called Speculaaskruiden. It’s easy to blend yourself (see recipe below). In a pinch you can substitute pumpkin pie spice mix, though the flavor will be slightly different.

WIN_20151102_164629Ingredients (makes about 36 wreath cookies)

1 cup real butter

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 egg

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons Speculaaskruiden spice mix (see recipe, below)

For the icing:

2 tablespoons butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

2 drops green food coloring

Green sugar crystals (for decorating)

Small cinnamon candies (for decorating)


Step 1) Cream together butter and brown sugar.  Add egg and mix well.

Step 2) Add flour, baking powder, salt, and Speculaaskruiden.  Mix by hand; dough will be stiff.

Step 3) Chill dough for at least one hour before rolling 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface.  Cut dough into wreath shapes, and carefully transfer to cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Step 4) Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Step 5) While cookies are cooling, blend together butter, powdered sugar, and milk to make icing. Spoon 1/4 cup of icing into a plastic sandwich bag, and snip a tiny corner from the bag to make a homemade pastry bag. You should be able to easily squeeze icing from the bag and onto each cookie wreath, as shown above. If the icing is too thick, add a bit more milk. If the icing is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.

Step 6) After piping icing onto your cookie wreaths, sprinkle them with green sugar crystals. Place a cinnamon candy on each wreath. Beautiful!

picture1180 Speculaaskruiden Spice Mix (makes enough for three batches of cookies)

Stir together (if using powdered spices) or grind together in a coffee grinder (if using whole spices):

4 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon mace

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon star anise

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

Store spice mix in a tightly sealed container and store away from heat and light.  Open container and smell whenever you need a smile.  🙂

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