5 Ingredient White Chocolate Gingerbread Mousse

This article is sponsored by DairyPure. All opinions and content are my own.

Time is always of the essence with it comes to holiday preparation from decorating the home to baking and whipping up meals for the family. Simple and the least amount of ingredients is always best. One of my favorite recipes during the holiday season is Chocolate Mousse. In the past, I have made dark chocolate mousse with dark chocolate pieces, a black and white mousse, and a chocolate raspberry mousse. I love to mix it up every now and then, incorporating an essence of the seasons.

While there are many variations to making a homemade chocolate mousse, I always find the easiest mousse recipes that require no hassle and a short amount prep work to have the tastiest result. For this week, I am surprising my visitors with my own White Chocolate Gingerbread Mousse made with just five ingredients. Mix, whip, and serve! It takes under 30 minutes to make, including a break in between prep work.

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Fig and Walnut Holiday Herbed Cheese Spread

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good!® Cheese as part of an Influence Central campaign. All opinions and content are my own.

I love great food all year round, but there is something about the holidays where each crafted dish must be special. From incorporating herbs grown at home to using a special technique my parents and grandparents taught me, each recipe enrobes heartwarming memories all with great taste and good fun. One of my favorite recipes I love to create during the holidays are cheese spreads. Cheese spreads have always been a staple centerpiece dish at home growing up. We all loved to pick our favorite ingredients to add in, a little of this and that, and create our own unique recipes. My family and I would write these recipes down on a notepad, and keep it in the kitchen drawer to reference for making again throughout the year.

Heluva Good! has the perfect cheese for entertaining. Not only because of how diverse their Heluva Good! Cheese block selection is (think Colby Jack to White Sharp Cheddar), the quality and mouthwatering taste is so exceptional, and it really adds that extra bite to any cheese dish. Their selection is a great choice for the holidays as well as year round for any occasion. You can easily incorporate their cheese blocks into everyday recipes from omelettes and grilled cheese sandwiches to late night fajitas and casseroles. Even for a simple cheese and crackers plate, Heluva Good! Cheese provides the ultimate snacking experience.

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Cocktails & Conversation at The Baker House 1650

On Saturday, December 2nd, The Baker House 1650 in partnership with Domaine Select Wine & Spirits, hosted the exclusive event “Cocktails & Conversation – An Evening with Award-Winning Mixologist Tad Carducci.” This sold-out event was held from 4-7pm and was attended by locals and visitors alike. The exclusive demonstration by mixologist Tad Carducci of the Tippling Bros included the art of mixology with four holiday cocktails. Guests received recipe cards for the demonstrated cocktails and copies of Carducci’s book, A Lime and A Shaker.

Tad Carducci is a bartender, mixologist, and restauranteur. He noted that he has been in the restaurant business since he was 14, or about 30 years. He has crafted cocktails and studied mixology for 15 years. His book, A Lime and A Shaker, primarily focuses on craft cocktails with tequila and mezcal.

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Ihi Riha Maldivian Curry Recipe from Milaidhoo Island Maldives Resort

Put an island spin on your holiday spread by introducing exciting and bold flavors to the dinner table courtesy of Milaidhoo Island Maldives. Available at its Ba’theli Restaurant & Lounge over the holiday, the resort is sharing their recipe for Maldivian Curry for those who can’t make it to the Asian country for the feast. Ba’theli is the first modern Maldivian restaurant in the Maldives. The Maldives is a destination I wish to visit within the next five years. In fact, the country is among the top ten nations I wish to visit next.

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Milaidhoo Island Maldives is a sophisticated 5- star boutique resort with 50 secluded villas, both overwater and by the beach. The resort features dedicated 24-hour island hosts, three exquisite restaurants, two bars, and a thriving house reef. Nightly rates start at $1,575 per night for two people in an over-water villa on half-board basis.

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Autumn Harvest Lasagna Recipe and Giveaway

In celebration of autumn, I am so pleased to introduce my readers once again to Lagostina, a renowned brand founded in Italy that specializes in tinplate cookware. Make sweet and savory dishes with their NEW Lasagnera pan that is available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.com and retails for $199.99. This high quality, durable pan is perfect for creating traditional lasagna dishes and non-traditional fare for every season and occasion.

Fresh, bold ingredients are so important when it comes to creating the perfect lasagna recipe. With this particular recipe I created, you have the freedom to use as little or as much of certain spices and vegetables as you desire. The key to baking success is with a sturdy, high quality pan. Lagostina’s new Lasagnera is so ideal for baking your favorite lasagna recipe in.

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