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The holiday spirit is in the air and holiday flavors are everywhere. Maybe it’s the bad weather that hit a lot of the country over the past week, but it seemed like there were an unusually high number of tempting holiday recipes out there this week – but, as always, there were a few that really got my mouth watering and moved to the top of my holiday must-try list. And while you’re doing your online holiday shopping, don’t forget to check out the new, updated e-book edition of The Baking Bites Cookbook!

  • On Sugar Mountain baked up a batch of Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins that sound like a great way to start off a holiday brunch. Cranberries and oranges are a common combination this time of year because the flavors meld so well together. These muffins use plenty of orange zest and fresh, tart cranberries, as well as creamy white chocolate chips. The white chocolate balances out the tartness of the orange and cranberries and leaves you wanting seconds.
  • If you like chocolate and peppermint, than Domisticate Me‘s Peppermint Chocolate Chip Blondie Bites are a good place to start your holiday cookie baking. These bite sized treats are made with a dense, chewy blondie base that is packed with chocolate chips. They’re topped with both dark and white chocolate and finished off with a generous sprinkling of crushed candy canes. It’s like peppermint bark meets chocolate chip cookies in every bite.
  • Another chocolate and peppermint recipe is found in Inside BruCru Life‘s Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake. This chocolate bundt cake has a swirl of peppermint cheesecake baked right into it! Both the tangy cream cheese and bright peppermint are a good (and festive) contrast to the rich chocolate cake surrounding them. This cake also happens to start with a boxed cake mix, which makes it especially easy to put together when you’re busy with holiday entertaining, though you could certainly adapt it to work with your favorite homemade chocolate bundt cake recipe, as well.
  • Eggnog is a classic holiday drink, but it is also a flavor profile that you can turn into many other desserts. Technicolor Kitchen reimagined eggnog as Eggnog Bars, a cheesecake bar that is flavored with vanilla, nutmeg and brandy, just like traditional ‘nog. The creamy bars are the perfect way to showcase how delicious eggnog really can be. Brandy is often added to eggnog to make it a little more “grown up” (and was certainly a staple of eggnog recipes from years gone by), but you can omit it in a recipe like this one to make these bars completely family friendly.
  • The only thing that I associate more closely with the holiday season than eggnog is Mulled Apple Cider, and Barman’s Journal has a recipe for a small batch version that is perfect for enjoying on a cold winter night. In this recipe, unfiltered apple juice is infused with cloves, cinnamon and oranges, and it is lightly sweetened with maple syrup. It’s nice to see a recipe that doesn’t start with gallons of cider because it makes me feel like I don’t have to wait for a party or special occasion to whip up a batch that I can enjoy. That said, you could easily double (or quadruple) this recipe to serve a big crowd.
  • At Brewed Daily, I whipped up a homemade version of one of my favorite holiday coffee drinks, a Peppermint Mocha. I love the combination of refreshing mint and indulgent chocolate with coffee, and probably enjoy a few too many of these during the Christmas season. The next time I have one, I might just pair it with one of the chocolate and mint treats above. You can skip the whipped cream to make it lighter, but don’t skip the candy cane garnish!

Sunbeam FPSBHS0302 250-Watt 5-Speed Hand and Stand Mixer Combo, Black

Sunbeam 250-Watt 5-Speed Mixer

Dual-Function Handheld Mixer & Stand Mixer Combo

Elevate the ordinary to extraordinary with help from this FPSBHS0302 combination mixer from Sunbeam. The two-in-one mixer functions as both a stand mixer and a handheld mixer, smoothly converting from one to the other as needed for remarkable ease and exceptional versatility.

Sunbeam FPSBHS0302 5-speed stand mixer with 3-quart bowl for powerful hands-free mixing.
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Equipped with a powerful 250-watt motor, the two-in-one mixer comes in handy as a stand mixer when it’s time to mix those heavier concoctions like garlic mashed potatoes or chocolate-chip cookie dough. It also works well for effectively kneading and thoroughly mixing yeast dough with the included pair of hooks–effortlessly prepare dough for homemade pizza, French bread, garlic bread sticks, and more.

Each beater rotates independently of one another while the free-spinning mixing bowl rotates automatically. This synchronized three-way mixing action swirls ingredients into the perfect consistency.

Whether it’s mixing a light load or heavy concoction, the countertop appliance offers the ultimate convenience of leaving your hands free for measuring out additional ingredients or for preparing that next step in the recipe–or simply for those recipes that require a longer mixing time, like lemon meringue or freshly whipped cream.

Best of all, unlike other stand mixers on the market, Sunbeam’s stand mixer provides heavy-duty performance without the heavy-duty costs.

Quickly Converts to a Handheld Mixer

Remove the handheld mixer from the stand by simply turning off the power, tilting the cradle back, and holding the mixer while pressing the head-release button on the bottom of the cradle. The handheld mixer–with the included chrome beaters clicked into place–makes easy work of mixing lighter ingredients like cake mix or pancake batter. The handheld mixer also provides a flat backside that serves as a steady heal rest for setting it down on the counter in between mixing sessions.

To re-attach the mixer to the stand, insert the handheld mixer’s front into the two slots on the cradle and push the back of the mixer until it snaps into place.

User-Friendly Design

The mixer’s large, gently curved handle ensures a secure, comfortable grip for reduced hand fatigue during heavy or long mixing tasks, and its thumb-accessible power switch and five-speed control dial allow for turning the mixer on and off and increasing or decreasing the speed. Additional highlights include a head that tilts back for easy bowl access, an attachment-eject button for removing the beaters or dough hooks, and a smooth exterior that wipes clean with a damp cloth. Accessories include chrome beaters (designed without center posts for easy cleaning), a pair of dough hooks, and a 3-quart stainless-steel bowl.

Gorgeously constructed in sleek black with a compact, contemporary profile, the combination handheld/stand mixer weighs 7 pounds and measures 10 inches long by 14 inches wide by 10 inches high.

What’s in the Box

Sunbeam FPSBHS0302 combination handheld/stand mixer, chrome beaters, dough hooks, 3-quart stainless-steel bowl, user manual with recipes

Product Features

  • 250-watt motor
  • 5 speeds; heel rest design
  • Chrome beaters and dough hooks
  • Dual-function hand mixer and stand mixer
  • 3-quart stainless steel bowl

Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets

Food Network’s most beautiful star reveals her secrets for staying fit and feeling great in this gorgeous, practical book with healthy recipes including nutritional information, and personal lifestyle and beauty tips.
Finally answering the question her fans ask most often, “How do you stay so trim?,” Giada De Laurentiis shares the delicious easy recipes and tips she uses to maximize energy and remain fit. Here are 120 recipes for breakfasts, juices, lunches, snacks, dinners, and desserts that can be combined into a month of delicious feel-good meals. So that everyone can enjoy these dishes, many are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and/or vegan, with helpful icons to call them out—and, for the very first time, each recipe includes a calorie count and nutritional analysis. Special sections delve into Giada’s everyday life, including her beauty and exercise routines, how she satisfies sugar fixes, what’s always in her bag, and her ordering tips for eating in restaurants. With 100 color photographs, Giada’s Feel Good Food is a beautiful guide to staying on track while still eating everything and enjoying life to its fullest.

Product Features

  • Autographed Edition

Thanksgiving Apple Pie

I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and lots of pie.

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Hamilton Beach 70670 Chef Prep 525-Watt Food Processor, Black

Full size 10-cup Food processor – for large batch processing Has 525 watts of power with 2 speeds plus pulse speed option for maximum versatility- 4 functions- slcing- shredding, crinkle cutting, & fine shredding f rom 2 reversible discs . Has large stainless steel chopping blade & oversized feed chute. Dishwasher safe bowl & blades .Internal cord storage

Product Features

  • Full-size 10-cup food processor with powerful 525-watt motor
  • 2 reversible slicing/shredding discs; stainless-steel chopping blade
  • 2 speed options plus pulse for precision results; oversized feed chute
  • Dishwasher-safe bowl, lid, blades, and discs; internal cord storage
  • Measures approximately 10 by 9 by 16 inches; 1-year warranty

Hamilton Beach 70450 8-Cup Food Processor

The Hamilton Beach Food Processor is good for mixing, chopping, slicing and shredding. Dishwasher safe bowl, lid and blades so you don’t have to worry about cleaning. With it’s space saving design, everything fits in bowl for easy storage.

Product Features

  • 300 watts of food-processing power
  • In-bowl blade storage saves kitchen space
  • Dishwasher safe parts for easy cleaning
  • Simple On/Pulse dial operation
  • Generous 8-cup capacity

DeLonghi 9-Cup Capacity Food Processor with Integrated Blender

Get two appliances in one compact, space-saving machine with the DeLonghi 9-Cup Food Processor. Quickly and easily make freshly made meals for your family, like sauces or soups, dough for bread or chop herbs and vegetables straight from your garden. This food processor’s functions don’t end there. It even includes a 40-ounce blender for mixing up your favorite smoothie or margherita. Don’t worry about turning a switch or dial to adjust for the different capabilities, this intelligent machine automatically accommodates for different speeds with the patented dual drive system. It also includes multiple accessories such as a serrated stainless steel chopping blade, dough tool, stainless steel thick slice/shred disc and stainless steel fine slice/shred disc to handle any possible kitchen task. You can adjust the food processor for any recipe with two speeds and pulse control. It also safely stops the motor if both the lid and base are not locked into place, and with dishwasher-safe parts is quick and simple to clean. Other highlights include cord storage, carry handle and spatula included.

Product Features

  • Double function food processor also includes a 40-ounce blender attachment
  • Multi-task with one product with serrated stainless steel chopping blade, dough tool, stainless steel thick slice/shred disc, stainless steel fine slice/shred disc
  • Conveniently adjusts rotation and power to accommodate the different speeds needed for both food processor and blender with the patented dual drive system
  • Safely stops motor when both lid and base are not locked in place with interlocking safety system
  • Adjust food processor to accommodate different recipes with 2 speeds and pulse

Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel

Cook in Style


The Mini-Prep Plus is the perfect little helper for small food preparation. Finished with elegant brushed stainless steel, the Mini-Prep Plus is a fashionable fit for any kitchen.

The Cuisinart 4-Cup Mini-Prep Plus Processor handles a variety of food preparation tasks including chopping, grinding, pureeing, emulsifying and blending. The patented auto-reversing blade provides a super-sharp edge for the delicate chopping of herbs and for blending and pureeing other soft foods, while the blunt edge offers a powerful cutting surface to grind through spices and other hard foods. Pulse activation gives maximum control for precision processing, whether chopping or grinding.

The powerful high-speed motor works hard and fast to accomplish any small job with ease. Chop herbs, onions, garlic; grind spices, hard cheese; puree baby foods; blend mayonnaise and flavored butters, all with the same compact appliance. The Mini-Prep Plus Processor takes up minimum counter space and stores neatly on the countertop or in a cabinet.


Auto-reversing Blade Technology

The auto-reversing Smart Power Blade moves in one direction to chop and in the other direction to grind. The unit provides an easy-grip handle, and dishwasher-safe parts make cleanup a snap.

The Everyday Food Processor

With a 4-cup capacity, this mini food processor comes in handy for everyday food prep in the kitchen. Simply add food to the work bowl, lock the cover into position, and press either the “chop” or “grind” control button. Small enough to keep on the counter for everyday use, the mini food processor measures 5-2/5 by 7-3/5 by 9-8/9 inches and carries an 18-month limited warranty.

Product Features

Exclusive Auto-reversing SmartPower Blade Touchpad Controls Chops or Grinds Spatula 4-cup Work Bowl with Handle Instruction / Recipe Book Work Bowl Cover Cuisinart Dishwasher safe parts Limited 18-month Warranty

Delicious recipes are easy!

Accessories include a custom spatula and an instruction book with recipes for guacamole, hummus, pesto, roasted red pepper sauce, peanut butter, and more.

The chop function works great for chopping, pureeing, and mixing; use it to puree cooked vegetables, make mayonnaise, mix salad dressing, or chop foods like herbs, celery, onions, garlic, and most cheeses. Use the grind function for grinding spices and for chopping hard food such as peppercorns, seeds, chocolate, and nuts.

Product Features

  • Mini food processor with 4-cup capacity work bowl
  • Touch-pad controls; auto-reversing blade for chopping or grinding
  • Easy-grip handle; dishwasher-safe parts make cleanup a snap
  • Custom spatula and instruction book with recipes included
  • Measures 5-2/5 by 7-3/5 by 9-8/9 inches; 18-month limited warranty

Black & Decker FP2500B PowerPro Wide-Mouth 10-Cup Food Processor, Black

Life made simple — this food processor gives you the flexibility to slice, chop, shred, grate or puree as much or as little as you like and it does it in no time.  With a powerful, 500-watt motor working under its sleek and sturdy exterior, it performs as great as it looks.

Product Features

  • 500-watt food processor with 10-cup capacity and wide-mouth feed chute
  • Soft-touch Mylar buttons; 2 speed settings, plus pulse; safety-interlock system
  • Heavy-duty suction-cup feet; cord storage; dishwasher-safe parts
  • Includes stainless-steel chopping blade and a slicing/shredding disk
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

Chic Cuisine Meat & Food Thermometer – Best Seller, Instant Read, Digital, Pocket Thermometer for Kitchen & Grill – Best Quality LCD Pen Style Food Thermometer for Oven Cooking, BBQ, Grilling & Beverage Use – Waterproof & High Temperature Range – Backed By 100% Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee – Perfect Christmas Gift, Holiday Stocking Stuffer or Kwanzaa Gift


Each year food poisoning affects about 76 million people. Food poisoning can happen anywhere, to anyone & from foods we might not expect. To reduce the chances of food poisoning, the USDA recommends using a meat thermometer to ensure food safety. Chic cuisine’s instant read, waterproof, digital, kitchen meat thermometer is perfect for oven, bbq, & beverage use.


●Broader temp range than most digital thermometers: -58° to 572°F

●Handle extends 3″ to 8″ when sheath put on handle-added protection for hands/arms when cooking

●Longer 5″ stainless steel probe with 1/16″ tip leaves no gaping holes in food

●On-Off button/15 min. auto-off

●Waterproof-submerge in water without fear of damaging product

●Versatile-not all thermistor thermometers, including this one, can be calibrated but can measure temps in both thick AND thin cuts of foods



●Temperature range of -58° to 572°F


+/- 2 degrees (-58° F to -4° F)

+/- 1 degree (-4° F to 392° F)

+/- 2-5 degrees (392° F to 572° F)

●Measures 8″ x ¾” x ½” OR 13″ x ¾” x ½” when sheath attached to handle

●Handle extends from 3″ to 8″ when sheath attached to handle

●1″ LCD display

●5″ stainless steel probe

●1/16″ tip probe leaves no gaping holes in meat


●Clip on back

●ON-OFF button/15 min. auto-off

●CE/ROHS certified

●1.5 volt AG 13/LR 1130 battery included

100% money-back guarantee

Avoid The Holiday Rush; Order Now!

Product Features

  • Broader measurement range than most thermometers: -58° to 572° F (-50° to 300° C); Fahrenheit/Celsius switchable
  • Generous 13″ handle protects hands/arms against burns when grilling/cooking; longer 5″ stainless steel probe with 1/16″ tip leaves no gaping holes in food
  • Waterproof; 4-digit LCD 1 inch long display dial; flat-edge design prevents rolling off countertops
  • On-Off button or 15 minute auto-off; plastic sheath with pen clip; AG 13/LR 1130 battery included
  • CE/ROHS certified; unconditional 100% money-back guarantee