Cinnamon and Cocoa Party Popcorn

Cinnamon and Cocoa Party Popcorn
As I’m still recovering from our excessive two-day Christmas feast (we had two roast geese with my husband’s family in his German hometown), we needed something light to snack on, so I made this super addictive cinnamon and cocoa popcorn. Serve this for your New Year’s Eve party and as a healthier alternative to processed snack foods in the new year.
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15 Easy Holiday Drinks and Desserts

Holiday Drinks and DessertsOnly a few more days to Christmas and I’m getting super excited! Here’s my holiday recipe roundup of 15 delicious and easy recipes from the past two years.

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Gingerbread Cake made with 100% Whole Wheat and Coconut Oil

German Gingerbread Cake
This treat is my take on a German classic, Gewürzkuchen, which translates into “spice cake”. And it’s a healthier version, perfect during a time where we’re all overindulging: 100% whole wheat without any butter or refined oil. This cake came out so delicious, you won’t believe there’s no white flour or butter! Check out my gingerbread cookies for a more traditional recipe.
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Asian Pork Meatballs with Oyster Sauce and Sesame Oil

Asian Meatballs
I love meatballs but most traditional recipes leave me somewhat unsatisfied. I need bold flavors and these Asian-inspired meatballs deliver. A delicious mix of sesame oil, oyster and soy sauce turns these unassuming meatballs into the star of your next dinner party.
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Glühwein – German Mulled Wine

German Mulled WineIt is freezing outside! Below 30F here in NYC and I can’t think of anything better to keep me warm than Glühwein, a German-style mulled wine. One of my favorite recipes of 2011, see the original recipe with updated images below.

Christkindl markets, or German Christmas markets, are street markets with various stalls celebrating Christmas time. Glühwein, literally “glow wine” or German mulled wine, is served at special stands at Christkindl markets throughout Germany and Austria. Mulled wine is a traditional warm beverage combined with different spices, red wine, citrus fruits and sugar. It fills your house with a wonderful aroma and warms you up on a cold winter night. Serve this festive drink during your holiday party!
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Chicken Arroz Caldo – A Filipino Christmas Rice Porridge

Filipino Arroz Caldo
Arroz caldo, translated to “rice soup” in Spanish, is a staple in Filipino households, especially during Christmas and the colder months. The term ‘congee’ is used for this dish throughout many Asian countries. There are many different variations depending on what region of the Philippines you’re in, but wherever you are arroz caldo is always a simple yet comforting one-pot meal in a bowl.
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Whole Wheat Lasagna Roll Ups with Greek Yogurt

Lasagna Roll Ups
I love lasagna! And lately I’ve been seeing some delicious looking lasagna roll-ups online, especially on Pinterest. Lasagna roll-ups are great. This simple technique lets you create personal size lasagna servings. And best of all, scooping them out of the pan when serving couldn’t be easier (I always found serving lasagna to be a rather messy affair…).
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