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Vegan Chocolate Ganache Nut Bars

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In Scandinavia, there is at least one evening in December, where candles are lit, wine is mulled and the whole family gathers in the kitchen to make “juleknas” Christmas treats.

Favorite recipes are found (new recipes are tried, but grandma’s is always best), cookies are rolled and baked in traditional flavors and forms, marzipan is shaped, chocolate is melted and dipped into, dripped onto. Outside the kitchen windows the winter blows by, cold and blue, making the light and warmth of Christmas and family even sweeter.

Here is a recipe for some sweeties that are discreetly vegan, and fabulously delicious…

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Laurie’s Lazy Latkes

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Patty caked onto a baking sheet and tossed into the oven. Prep time is 30 minutes; baking time is 30 minutes.

Kirstin: Let’s make cauliflower latkes!

Laurie: YES! (15 minutes of latke making goes by. Laurie is standing at the stove, frustrated)

Laurie: Whaaaaaaat? No way am I flipping 9,000 little pancakes!

Kirstin: Shhh, it’s only 30.

Laurie: Hey! Let’s just make a few huge ones and throw them in the oven! (Now I can go out and garden.)

Kirstin: (enthusiastically flapping the spatula onto the counter) YES!!! (now I don’t have to flip 9000 latkes).

And that’s how the lazy latkes were born. Serve hot with apple sauce and Greek yoghurt or sour cream…

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Grilled Cheese

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There is no reason why you shouldn’t have lunch for dinner (or breakfast, for that matter). Take a look in your fridge, you probably already have the ingredients for this lunchydinner! The fun part of this dinner is that everyone gets to create their own perfect sandwich.

You simply help each other assemble the ingredients, lay them out in a festive manner (get out those platters from granny you never use), and let your family pile all their favorite cheeses and toppings on the bread. Then you “grill” them in the oven (the easiest way when you have a lot). Just make sure not to confuse whose is whose, as people get very attached to their own masterpiece…

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How Long do Eggs Last?

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Many eggs have a “use by” date stamped right on them. Fresh eggs will stay good in your refrigerator for about 3 weeks past their sell-by date.

Also, eggs have a built in freshness gauge: a perfectly fresh egg, when submerged in water, will lie down on its side. As it grows older it will slowly take air onboard, so an egg that stands up is telling you it’s still edible, but its time is running short. And if it floats, there is no hope — it’s time to say bye bye eggy. By the way, the “stand up egg” is the easiest one to peel, so if you plan on making 100 deviled eggs, buy your eggs a few days in advance.

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