The Christmas Kitchen

This IS my new Holiday Cake and it is beautiful and oh so delicious!

This cake is a must.

The cranberries are simply AMAZING!

Make the cake days ahead of time and place in your freezer. You will be shocked at how this makes a cake so moist.

And a real helpful tip? Double the cranberries. People eat them like candy!

Happy Holidays my friends!

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Red Velvet Cake:
• 1 package cake mix white
• 2 packages (4 serving size) vanilla
flavored instant pudding
• 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 4 large eggs
• 3 teaspoons cocoa
• 3 teaspoons vanilla
• 1 ounce bottle red food coloring
( In high altitude I use another egg and
another ½ cup flour.)
Directions:
Combine cake mix, pudding mix, water, buttermilk eggs and oil
and coco in large mixer bowl. Blend; beat at medium speed for 4
minutes. Stir in vanilla
Pour into greased and floured 8 or 9 inch.
Bake cake rounds. Bake at 325 degrees for 35‐40 minutes. Cool
15 minutes in pan.
Remove from pan. Fully cool on rack.

 

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Cream Cheese Frosting:
Cream 1/3 cup butter; blend in 2 pkg. of 3 oz cream cheese, Add
1 box (16 oz) confectioners’ sugar, alternately with 4 teaspoons
milk, beating well after each addition. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla or
almond extract. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Top
with Sugared Cranberries (recipe on next page). Garnish on the
side with Fresh Rosemary

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Sugar Cranberries
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar
• 1/3 cup water
• 2 cups fresh cranberries, room
temperature
• 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (for rolling)
Directions:
Place sugar and water in shallow pan and heat until simmering
(not boiling) and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Place cranberries in pan and submerge. Make sure cranberries
are well coated. Using a slotted spoon transfer coated to
cranberries to a wire rack to dry for an hour. Separate cranberries
as much as possible to avoid clumps of simple syrup that will
lead to clumps of sugar.
Place granulated sugar in a shallow pan or bowl and working
in small batches, roll cranberries through sugar to coat. Transfer
coated cranberries to a clean surface for furthering drying, about
1hour. Makes about 2 cups.
A few notes:
• Do not use frozen cranberries. I tried, it doesn’t coat evenly
since some parts of the cranberry can end up slightly shriveled
when brought to room temperature.
• I used regular granulated sugar for the coating.
• Make sure the simple syrup is dried to a sticky touch or you will
end up with clumps of sugar rather than an even coating

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More wonderful holiday favorites at Start Simply Cooking Cookbook. Order yours today! ORDER HERE :  http://tammymaltby.com/start-simply-cooking/

 

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Christmas Kitchen

 

Even in today’s busy times, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Author Tammy Maltby believes the true meaning of Christmas is realized when families gather to share activities that make Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year.” More than any other holiday, Christmas is when family and friends gather for a cup of hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and lots of laughter.

 

Look inside this holiday treasure for: Easy-to-do holiday recipes – Hints for new traditions – Personal gift ideas – Kid-friendly activities – Simple decorating tips. The Christmas Kitchen is more than a recipe book, it’s a book designed to help you enjoy the  holiday season, not be burdened by it. Take a few minutes each day to  browse these pages for the help you’ve been looking for.

 

Merry Christmas and may your kitchen be filled, first, with the sweet aroma of love, and then with the spices of the season.

ORDER HERE: http://http://tammymaltby.com/the-christmas-kitchen/

 

 

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Could anything be more fun than this?

 

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Join us on Thursday, December 11th at 6:30 PMin the Prayer Room for A Lifegiving Christmas Party.  Tammy Maltby and Cathy Vogel will share a hands-on cooking workshop that will not only inspire, but will give you the tools to get started with entertaining basics, time-saving tips, and a small arsenal of fool-proof, irresistible recipes for the holiday season complete with tastings! Limited space! Do not delay in signing up today!

Registration is $10.00 and can be done online. http://nlc.nu/Ir.

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I have always loved the idea that hospitality often looks like unusual kindness not just dinner parties and house beautiful magazines. It makes hospitality an opportunity for all of us. Unusual kindness that welcomes the stranger, the prisoner the orphan. Unusual kindness that buys the cup for coffee for the next person in line, or invites the neighbor kids over, noise and all. Or hospitality that takes time to listen to an elderly person share their life. Hospitality comes from the core word hospice: a place of healing comfort and care. This holiday season rethink hospitality and add the concept of unusual kindness and watch how your lifegiving actions bring forth the true ministry of hospitality.
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“The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.” Acts 28:2

My new cookbook Start Simply Cooking is now available for only $15.00. Over 70 of my best recipes from my cooking classes.

A perfect gift for the Foodie in your life! Perfect for the Holidays.

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I simply love fall. I really love pumpkin! But pumpkin cake is simply the BEST!

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This cake recipe I found on my dear friend’s Sandy Coughlin website http://reluctantentertainer.com/

Her recipes are always just amazing. I doubled the recipe and baked them in three 9 inch pans. I tripled the frosting….of course I did!

I glazed the cake with pure maple syrup. With a few yummy pecans.  I generally don’t put nuts in the cake as my girls cannot eat nuts. But that does not stop me from putting them on top!

I love a great cake but I love a great connection and conversation at the table more. That is my heartfelt message. Hospitality is not about impressing people but it is giving them a message about their value.

So where do you start with hospitality? You start with your family. Your husband your children and those you love dearest. Start with loving them with your life. It is the true message of hospitality. Then love the stranger the foreigner the prisoner. They are everywhere around you. They actually are you.

Happy Fall friends!

PUMPKIN CAKE WITH MAPLE FROSTING

YIELD: 8

PREP TIME: 15 min prep + 30 min cooling

COOK TIME: 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes

You can mix all of the nuts in the cake or leave 1/4 cup out for garnishing.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can 15 oz. pumpkin (I buy Trader Joe’s organic)
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. maple extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat the oven to 350. Coat an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or in the microwave (on paper towel) for about 2 minutes, turning occasionally. Cook the nuts; chop and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Mix in the pumpkin, stirring well until combined. Add the chopped nuts.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 30 minutes and frost.
  6. For the frosting, with a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, adding in the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and extract. Beat until completely smooth.
  7. Frost the cake and top with extra nuts if you prefer; serve.

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My new cookbook Start Simply Cooking is now available for only $15.00. Over 70 of my best recipes from my cooking classes.

A perfect gift for the Foodie in your life! Perfect for the Holidays.

ORDER HERE :  http://tammymaltby.com/start-simply-cooking/

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My best cookbook ever The Christmas Kitchen! 

The Christmas Kitchen on the table at the Pinery_n

Even in today’s busy times, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Author Tammy Maltby believes the true meaning of Christmas is realized when families gather to share activities that make Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year.” More than any other holiday, Christmas is when family and friends gather for a cup of hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and lots of laughter.

Look inside this holiday treasure for: Easy-to-do holiday recipes – Hints for new traditions – Personal gift ideas – Kid-friendly activities – Simple decorating tips. The Christmas Kitchen is more than a recipe book, it’s a book designed to help you enjoy the  holiday season, not be burdened by it. Take a few minutes each day to  browse these pages for the help you’ve been looking for.

Merry Christmas and may your kitchen be filled, first, with the sweet aroma of love, and then with the spices of the season.

Order here: http://tammymaltby.com/the-christmas-kitchen/

Visit me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startsimplycooking

 

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Hospitality!

It’s a warm word. An inviting word. A beautiful word.

More important, hospitality is a word that speaks to the heart of the our faith and calling.

8The bible shares that we are to “practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13)—to our brothers and sisters in Christ, to our friends and families, but especially to strangers and those in need (Leviticus 19:33, Hebrews 13:1-2). Showing love for others is not only an act of love and faith it is a loving response to the Lord’s example and to our very creation—the fact that God has made us for relationships and community! We are made and called to use the tools of our entire lives—including our homes, our hearts, and all our spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:9-10)—to welcome and serve others and to offer them the hospitable gifts of comfort and care.

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I  believe that women especially hunger to live this way.

The yearning to share ourselves and our homes with others is part of our God-given nature and the call of the Holy Spirit on our lives.

It is beautiful other centered living.

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But several factors tend to hold women back in today’s culture.

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Many of us have never learned the skills of managing a household and welcoming others into it. We compare ourselves to others and worry that our homes and their cooking skills aren’t up to snuff. We’re so busy caring for our jobs and their families that we just can’t summon the time or energy to “entertain.” And the never-ending avalanche of cookbooks, how-to magazines, and “beautiful living” television shows often discourages while it inspires—whetting our desire to do better, but also convincing us that what we have to offer will never be good enough.

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What many of us need is a miracle—the miracle of a changed perspective. And that’s what I offer to women who are hungry to lead more beautiful lives and to share those lives with others . . . but who may feel inadequate, unprepared, or just too busy to do so. FREEDOM from perfection and the joy of reaching out.

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I am inviting you to rethink what it means to be hospitable:

• It’s not “entertaining” . . . but providing a comfortable setting for people to enjoy and learn from one another.
• Not showing off . . . but sharing life, embracing hospitality as a message you give other people about their value.
• Not kitchen theatrics . . . but kitchen-based ministry, using food as a catalyst for community.
• Not dinner parties and open houses . . . but mealtime communion and openhearted living.
• Not house beautiful . . . but rejoicing in the beauty of shared meals and fellowship in a welcoming setting.
• Not doing something unusual for “company,” but creating an everyday lifestyle that provides welcome to family, friends, strangers . . . and yourself.
• And it’s not just for those with gorgeous homes, professional cooking skills, support staff on call, or special spiritual gifts. It’s the way God intended all of us to live . . . and what God calls, He enables!

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I have always had a heart for this kind of miraculous hospitality. I have taught it in my popular workshops for the past fifteen years. And I have been living it for decades . . . as a college student just out on my own . . . as a young wife inviting another family to share a tiny apartment . . . as the stay-at-home mom with four small children hosting dinner parties for the movers and shakers . . . and as a single mom with four teens and a full-time career as an author and speaker. Lifegiving Hospitality is a warm, encouraging and practical message that the loving, serving reality of the hospitable life really is for them.
The best news of all is that we don’t have to wait for the change of perspective to begin changing our lives. The skills of hospitality are learned by doing—literally “practicing” it. And my desire is to provides the tools to do just that—including easy basics, time-saving tricks, and a small arsenal of foolproof, irresistible recipes But my primary teaching thrust is not “here’s how,” but “you can do it . . . beautifully, and have fun doing it!”

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My heart is to give encouragement for any woman interested in a hospitable lifestyle is to “start simply, but simply start,” then move step by step toward a life that is more beautiful, full, and welcoming.

Won’t you join me friend?

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For More on Lifegiving Hopitality ck out my books: Lifegiving http://tammymaltby.com/lifegiving and The God Who Sees You: http://tammymaltby.com/the-god-who-sees-you/

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When I speak on hospitality I always joke with women that I put a Costco Lasagna in my own pan and called it “home baked”! This is another one of my delicious “Homemade”recipes.

“Homemade ” Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls!

 

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PERFECT for Christmas Morning. I make them Christmas Eve day and put them in the refrigerator and forget about them until Christmas morning. They rise beautifully overnight and the fragrance of fresh baked cinnamon rolls Christmas morning is unmatched! I serve it with my hot fruit compote (which I will post) and the best seriously, breakfast egg dish (which I will also post this week).

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Here we are starting the process with soft dough.

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My dear cooking pal Cathy Gries adding the sugar and cinnamon. I like to add nutmeg to mine as well. Then add the fruit and we are now starting the rolling of the bread!

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Starting to cut the rolls to make into a beautiful wreath.

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Turning the segments carefully. And adding the frosting and green and red candies.

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And need I say DIVINE!

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In a very busy season of so many demands remember WHY you do WHAT you do.

Hospitality is giving others a message about their value. We have a very hospitable God. Look what He gave us!

Merry Christmas friends!

“Homemade” Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

from frozen bread dough, makes 6 large rolls

2 loaves of frozen bread dough, thawed (it comes 3 to a bag)
1 stick  butter, softened
1 cup of brown sugar
4 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 chopped apple or cranraisin
1/3 cup of sugar
butter icing glaze (recipe below)

Thaw two loaves of frozen bread dough in the refrigerator or on the counter (there are directions for thawing on the bag).  Allow the thaw dough to rise for 1-2 hours in a warm area covered with a damp cloth.  Roll the dough out into a rectangle onto a floured surface.  Spread softened butter on the rolled out dough.  Sprinkle sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon over the dough.  Add apples and cranraisins. Roll up the dough into a log. Place into a buttered pan.  Attach log at each end to look like a circle. Cut slits in bread 2 inches apart Be careful not to cut all the way though. Twist the segments on their sides. Shape again to look like a round circle. Use your hands to get the right look.   Cover with a warm damp towel and allow to rise 2-4 hours (or overnight) in a warm area.  When the rolls have doubled in size, bake them at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until they begin to brown.  Top with Butter Icing Glaze and green and red candies.

 Butter Icing Glaze

for cinnamon rolls

2 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of milk

powdered sugar

Melt butter with milk in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Add powdered sugar until the glaze is the right consistency – it should pour, but not be runny.  The heat from the cinnamon rolls will help the glaze to melt over them easily.  

 

This recipe and more are from my cookbook  The Christmas Kitchen! Order yours today or for the foodie in your life here on my web

 I will personally sign your books. Also join me on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/startsimplycooking to find out more about my upcoming cooking classes.

The Heart of the Home 

Even in today’s busy times, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Author Tammy Maltby believes the true meaning of Christmas is realized when families gather to share activities that make Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year.” More than any other holiday, Christmas is when family and friends gather for a cup of hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and lots of laughter.

Look inside this holiday treasure for:

– Easy-to-do holiday recipes

– Hints for new traditions

– Personal gift ideas

– Kid-friendly activities

– Simple decorating tips

The Christmas Kitchen is more than a recipe book, it’s a book designed to help you enjoy the holiday season, not be burdened by it. Take a few minutes each day to browse these pages for the help you’ve been looking for.

Merry Christmas and may your kitchen be filled, first, with the sweet aroma of love, and then with the spices of the season.

 

Photography by Beverly Bender http://www.beverlybenderphotography.com

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Cranberry Apple Salsa

December 3, 2013

This recipe is such a find. I made it in minutes in my food processor. It is a sweet-tangy cranberry salsa that gets its heat from a jalapeno pepper. I beef up the chopped cilantro (cause I love it) and add fresh green onions, lime juice, and sugar. Oranges are a great addition too. Cranberries […]

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Chicken Broccoli Braid

November 12, 2013

Chicken Broccoli Braid   This is one fantastic easy meal that is delicious and perfect paired with our Autumn Salad. I use rotisserie chicken from Costco and organic frozen broccoli. I like the change up the cheese from time to time, but my favorite is always one with a bit of spice. Delicious the next […]

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Cajun Shrimp Bon Temps Style!

December 18, 2012

Bon temps means “good times” in French, and that’s what you’ll have with this easy fantastic shrimp appetizer. It could also serve as a light supper. Paired with roasted pork tenderloin sandwiches, fresh grilled veggie tray and The Famous Maltby Artichoke Dip (ck out recipe under Appetizers) and you have a fantastic meal for Christmas […]

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A Hospitality Portfolio of Soups: Featuring Feliz Navidad Tortilla Soup

December 14, 2012

A Hospitality Portfolio: Soups   I love soup. I really love soup when it is chilly outside. When we lived in Dallas we started a Christmas Eve tradition of making the Feliz Navidad Tortilla Soup and  a Christmas Salad with easy field greens, mandarin oranges and pomegranate seeds. Our daughter Mackenzie makes her special dressing […]

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Gourmet Hot Cocoa Mix for Gift Giving

December 12, 2012

December 12th is National Cocoa Day! Did you know that? It doesn’t get any better than this! Homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows. It’s old fashioned, it’s comforting and it’s good for the soul. Christmas isn’t  just about presents. Yet Christmas is a festive celebration of giving—and the Christmas Kitchen is one of your best resources. […]

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