Great Holiday Links–Enjoy!

Just for grins and giggles, here are some of the links I’ve enjoyed this season….

cookbooks for gifts

Shine’s List of the Best of 2012
Best Cookbooks of all Time
Epicurious 10 Cookbooks Worth Giving                                             

cookies you might not have made

Candy Cane Crinkles
Chocolate Chip Cookies- Saveur
Chocolate Dipped Espresso Cookies
Ginger Snap Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Gluten-Free Cookies — Saveur
Holiday Sables – Breton
Italian Christmas Cookies

Richart Parisian Chocolate Macarons

no-bake treats                                             

Dark Chocolate Pudding with Candied Ginger
No Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
DIY Sriracha for Gifting
Peppermint Crunch Bark 

Alyce’s Go Nuts

 holiday food and drink

Alyce’s Afternoon Open House
Boston Globe‘s 12 Beers of Christmas 
David Lebovitz’ Hot Mulled Wine
Gourmet Live’s Christmas Eve Feast 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Saveur Christmas Recipes
Wines at Christmas 

alyce’s easy meals for busy nights                

 Alyce’s Beans and Cornbread
Oven-Roasted Rosemary Chicken Thighs and Butternut Squash

  White Wine and Lemon-Steamed Salmon with Broccoli
Foiled Flounder with Roasted Green Beans and Rosemary Potatoes
Pear-Fig Salad with Goat Cheese
ShrimpWinter Fruit Salad with Quinoa and Pomegranate Seeds 
Spicy Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Wendy’s Sage and Thyme
Turkey-Lentil Crock Pot Chili


holiday desserts and goodies

Chocolate Date Caramel Tart from Gourmande in the Kitchen
Cranberry-Streusel Cake 
Crunchy Milk Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layer Cake 
Dark Chocolate Pudding with Candied Ginger 
Gingerbread with Quark Cheesecake
Kaiserschmarrn Austrian pancake, cut up while cooking; Topped with Fruit (dessert or breakfast)
Wonderful Food Gifts in Jars from Bon Appetit


 Christmas Movie List all in one place


courtesy share our strength


gifts to help end hunger   


 Give the Gift of No Kid HungryHonor someone by giving a gift to No Kid Hungry in their name – a powerful way to pay tribute to a person’s life, whether you are honoring their memory or celebrating an important milestone.    Honor Someone Today

*Find a Food Bank 
*Give to No Kid Hungry/Share our Strength–END CHILDHOOD HUNGER
*Give to Feeding America 

*Give to World Food Program



Best Christmas Albums of 2012 (new)
The 10 Best Christmas Albums Ever?

Another List of the “best” Christmas albums…in case you didn’t like the ones above.  

  A Few of Alyce’s Favorite Christmas/Holiday Albums: 

A Charlie Brown Christmas   

An American Christmas:  Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen

James Taylor at Christmas 
Peter, Paul, and Mary:  A Holiday Celebration with NY Choral Society
The Rose Ensemble:  Slavic Holiday
Tony Bennett:  Snowfall


giving in other ways 

Donate to the Newtown, Connecticut Memorial Fund (help fund the funerals)

Divine (Fair Trade) Chocolate               

One Simple Wish (dot org)  ––  A place to donate cash for specific gifts for foster children

                     for example:  music lessons, a trip to the zoo, senior photos…. 

Make a Wish (dot org)  —  A place to donate to fulfilling children’s final wishes.

Toys for Tots 

Volunteer (or donate) for Fema/Hurricane Sandy 

Food52’s Guide to Helping Sandy Victims

Habitat for Humanity

Donate an animal…Heifer dot org  

Blessings of the Season,