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Christmas candy ideas

A coworker always made Buckeyes (chocolate covered peanut butter balls) and another made the peppermint bark. Both were eagerly anticipated every year!

3 Ways To Publicize Without a Publicist

I'm more tempted to visit a restaurant or bar that uses Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute info on their specials and entertainment, or even just to highlight a regular menu item.

Work party help

Turkey Ranch Wraps are always a hit at my office (but you can use any ingredients you like). Add some ranch dressing to cream cheese, spread a thin layer on a tortilla (almost to the edge) layer deli turkey, cucumber (or whatever you have or like), roll up and slice into 1/4" disks. Quick and easy to make, easy to transport and easy to eat. Only needs refrigeration. Plus you can make it as healthy or fattening as you like.

The Food Lab: How to Fry a Turkey (and Is the Whole Thing a Sham?)

My friend's fried turkey was the best I ever had. He injected his with creole butter.

Cook the Book: Barefoot Contessa, 'How Easy Is That?'

Filet mignon, custom cut from Tom Leonard's, cooked in a cast iron skillet. Baked potato with sea salt and real butter. Fresh green beans tossed with olive oil, sea salt and slivered almonds.

What's for dinner?

Skinless, boneless chicken breast, marinated in garlic and herb sauce. I may or may not melt baby swiss on top. Mine sounds so boring compared to all I just read. I usually don't make side dishes, too much food for me.

Shameful snackage

A few times a year, I crave movie theatre popcorn. If I have the place to myself, I go down the street to the theatre just to buy popcorn (I rarely go to the movies). Then I bring it home and eat all the buttery pieces off the top without anyone else sticking their hands in it! Haha. After the first buttery layer, it's up for grabs, I just wanted the finger-licking pieces. Of course, I starve myself the following week.

Croissant Burger

The place I buy croissants from doesn't make them too sweet, so they're far from the Krispy Kreme burger. Just looking at that makes me ill. I'm not big on sugar/sweets. Anyway, I started doing this after trying a local deli's club croissant. I've never had the Burger King croissant breakfast thing. You make your own burger so you form it any shape you like. My traditional patty melt on rye is oblong shaped to fit the bread. As a side note, I probably make this 3 or 4 times a year and rarely eat out, so I'm far from fat.

Dinners to prepare & freeze before baby comes

Before all the vacuum sealing infomercials were popular, a friend used to put a straw in the corner of her zip-loc bag to suck the air out and pinch to seal. It's probably not AS effective but definitely cheaper.

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Feel-Bad Food

For some reason, my hangover cure was always a greasy cheeseburger (usually Wendy's), plus gatorade and tylenol.

Croissant Burger

Why don't restaurants use croissants for the bun? Maybe some do and I just haven't discovered them, yet. I've been doing this forever, sort of in the "patty melt" style... butter and fry the inside of half the croissant, add cheese, burger, grilled onions, cheese, top with other half of buttered, fried croissant. Lots of calories, yes, but also lots of flaky, buttery taste. Also, it's messy, so eat with a knife and fork.

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