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How to make a WINEapple

How to make a WINEapple ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Chocolate #Wine #Pineapple

What is a WINEapple? It’s a pineapple made out of chocolate truffles and wine  … a gift from my kids for my birthday this year. I don’t know which of them thought of the idea but they were super excited to make this for me, a combination of two of my very favorite things. They […]


Sumptuous Gift Guide for Foodies – 2016

Over 60 Great Gift Ideas for Foodies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Holiday #Shopping #Guide 2016

Do you have any foodies on your Christmas list? My family is full of foodies … and I have lots of friends that are foodies too. I love to buy them lovely things for their kitchens (and make them deliciousness) that they wouldn’t buy (or make) for themselves. Here are a bunch of delightful homemade DIY […]


Easy Peppermint Fudge

Easy Peppermint Fudge ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #simple #peppermint #chocolate #fudge #holiday #candy #recipe

Adapted ever so slightly from A Spicy Perspective Fudge that is rich and chocolaty, with a festive holiday peppermint crunch on both sides. And it’s super simple and speedy to make too! It is the day after Thanksgiving and I do not care if it is not quite December yet, I am officially declaring it Peppermint […]


Five Alarm Apple Hot Pepper Jam

Five Alarm Apple Hot Pepper Jam ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #sweet #apple #jalapeno #jam #recipe

I’m doing my best to use the plethora of fresh garden produce I have in my fridge before it goes bad. I fell behind on the peppers; they were starting to sag … so I was trying to think of what to do with them. Someone posted a hot pepper jelly recipe (I think it was […]


Rosemary Garlic Marinated Feta Cheese

Rosemary Garlic Marinated Feta Cheese ~ the perfect #homemade #holiday #gift!

A beautiful holiday gift … adapted just slightly from Full Belly Sisters This was a gift for some very special people this year … By day, I work at a software company. I write requirements and make prototypes. I work with an amazing group of strong-willed, independent women. We get the software requests, we talk […]


Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls

Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #recipe

“While visions of bourbon balls dance in their heads” … hey, don’t we adult folks deserve some holiday treats too? I think we do … So these are my adult version of “sugarplums”.  Let’s revel in bourbon balls this year!  ( …  I also wanted to mention: these are healthi(er) holiday treats.  Made with dried […]


Jack’s Sweet Hot Party Pecans

Jack's Sweet Hot Party Pecans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spiced #nuts #recipe

Adapted from Twirl & Taste I’ve called in some help for gifting this holiday season. I called on Jack Daniels and my friend Google to help me out. Here was my dilemma: I wanted to make some sweet spiced nuts. I googled it and found loads of recipes, but the one that totally struck me […]


Crisp & Spicy Pickled Green Beans

Crisp & Spicy Pickled Green Beans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pickle #recipe

I’ll be the first to admit: I’m not an expert at pickles. My parents, on the other hand, have many many years of experience making pickles and when I got the sudden urge to pickle Mom’s green beans, Mom and Dad were right there to give me some pickling tips. My dad taught me how […]


Chocolate Pistachio Truffle Berries

Chocolate Mascarpone Truffle Stuffed Strawberries with Pistachios ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chocolate #strawberry #recipe

Inspired by Amee’s Savory Dish’s recipe appearing on PopSugar Strawberries filled with a sweet chocolate mascarpone filling, topped with dark chocolate and chopped pistachios to seal in the “truffle-esque” filling. I made these chocolate mascarpone stuffed strawberries for my friend Kelly for her birthday … she had given me some ideas for favorite foods, but […]


Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cinnamon #almond #recipe

Adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen It was a homemade gifts Christmas for us this year. My daughter and I went to a thrift store and bought some special ceramic containers and then we went to work. My girl made Christmas Snickerdoodles and Holiday Dipped Pretzels (with a light sprinkle of red and green sugars). I made […]


Italian Rosemary Garlic Spiced Nuts

Italian Garlic Rosemary Scented Nuts

Fresh rosemary, Italian seasoning, garlic, olive oil, and coarse sea salt infuses these mixed roasted nuts with flavor. Last weekend I panicked because I realized we were only a week away from Christmas “weekend”  and my son’s birthday and I had nothing done. So my daughter and I spent all day Saturday shopping and then […]


Brandied Kumquat Ginger Syrup

Brandied Kumquat Ginger Syrup (and candied kumquats too!) ~ from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

(& Brandied Candied Ginger Kumquats) This recipe results in two delightful things (you probably figured this part already  … ): Brandied Kumquat Ginger Syrup and Brandied Candied Ginger Kumquats. I made a similar recipe last year with my treasured special kumquat shipment … but without the brandy and ginger. I’m totally liking this little twist even […]


Cranberry Raspberry Vinegar

Make your own Cranberry Raspberry Vinegar

This is almost not even a recipe it’s so simple, but it makes such a beautiful color and flavor of vinegar that you would probably have to pay ginormous amounts of money for it … if you could even ever find such a beautiful vinegar at a store. Making it is so so so much […]


Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Munch

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Munch ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chocolate #peppermint #pretzel #recipe

One of our favorite treats at Christmas is to dip pretzels. I like mine with white chocolate and peppermint. My daughter likes just white chocolate, or sometimes we will drizzle the white chocolate pretzels with milk chocolate or sprinkles. I meant to make lots of treats to bring on my trip for my friends at […]


Chile Lime Spiced Popcorn

Chile Lime Spiced Popcorn

I often put green chile powder and granulated garlic in the butter for my popcorn, but today I wanted a little more flavor, something extra special you could even give as a gift to your chile-head friends. Baking it in the oven takes out the juiciness from the lime, but leaves in the lime flavor […]

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