Braise Ham with Red Wine for Extra Flavor

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I’ve never been a big fan of ham. It’s often salty, seldom tender, and quite frankly boring. About the only thing going for it is that it’s a pre-seasoned hunk of meat that will feed a lot of people, which is probably why it’s been a popular choice for parties.

If you can get past the salt though, ham does have an incredible amount of flavor locked up in the meat, which is why I like using it in soups and stocks. One way to quell the salt is to braise it in a sweet liquid.

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Whip Up Milkshakes for New Year’s!


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Need a quick New Years Eve dessert that comes together in three minutes and can feed a crowd?

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Follow Marc on a Food Blog Tour

Over the past few years, the world of food bloggers has blossomed into a thriving global community of foodies spreading their passion through stories, photos and recipes. Whether through good writing, drool-worthy photography, or a rockin’ good recipe, not a week goes by when I’m not blown away by someone’s post.

I really don’t like awards and “best of” lists because when it comes to food is there really a “best” of anything? But every now and then, there comes a post that sticks out, and the guy who doesn’t use recipes makes an exception to his rule. Here are 5 of my favorite food blog posts from this year (in no particular order).

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Jenna Weber Shares Family Christmas Traditions

I was always the kid who found my Christmas presents.

Every single year, I would make it a personal mission to find, shake and tear little holes in the holiday paper that my mother so lovingly covered all of my brother’s and my gifts with. On Christmas Eve, when we opened all of our gifts, I would fake surprise as I opened American Girl accessories and a shiny new pair of rollerblades. Patience has never been my most admirable trait.

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Celebrate Japan’s Oshogatsu Holiday with Ozoni


Marc shares his family's recipe for Ozoni below

The harvest is over, winter has set in, and we’re reaching the end of the calendar year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, it’s a time when decorations go up, children receive gifts, and families gather together to share a meal.

Japan’s equivalent is called Oshogatsu, and it’s celebrated on the first day of the New Year. While Western influences have turned Christmas into a pseudo-holiday in Japan, Oshogatsu is still the holiday when families head over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house.

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Discover the Origin of Pepparkakor Cookies

Pepparkakor Cookies

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These thin gingery cookies are a family tradition in my house. They are delightfully old fashioned and Swedish, and have a very distinct taste from the addition of maple syrup (or, in some recipes dark corn syrup).

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Get Ready to Bring On the Holiday Eggnog!

Egg Nog

Once a staple at holiday parties, eggnog is one of those foods that have gone the way of the fruitcake. It’s unfortunate that it’s become relegated to retirement home holiday mixers, because when done right, eggnog is delicious!

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Bake Butterscotch Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Butterscotch Cookies

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Oh my goodness, are these butterscotch cookies ever so good. If you’re anything like me, you love extra thick and soft cookies—no gingersnaps will ever be found at my house! No sir. I like cookies that remind me of my other favorite dessert—cake. In terms of cookies go, the fluffier the better.

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