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Rum Raisin Shortbread Cookies

Rum Raisin Shortbread Cookies

By Janelle Maiocco with www.talkoftomatoes.com

My father used to eat, or rather devour, a rum raisin bread pudding that his mother made. When I came across this particular cookie, it spoke of his favorite flavors all folded together with a bit of butter. Who was I not to make it? I am not a hard sell when it comes to new recipes, and this one I adopted from the June 2007 Martha Stewart cookie of the month. The biggest difference? Mine has more rummy raisins and much larger pinches of orange zest. I am by no means a skimper.

So I made it. Actually, I made two ‘logs’ of cookies which for me is an inroads to another make-ahead treat. One log I sliced according to directions, and the other waited in the fridge a few days so I could slice and slide it onto a platter at just the right moment.

Even better? You can make a log to eat, and freeze one for later.

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My Favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe

My Favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Hi dessert lovers! Melissa with Best Friends For Frosting here. Today I am sharing my homemade pumpkin pie recipe.  You can access it from QVC's website here.


Holiday Appetizer: Parmesan Panko Potato Balls

Holiday Appetizer: Parmesan Panko Potato Balls

Elegant and savory, this potato appetizer was created just for the holidays… but you’ll want to serve it all year long. Parmesan-Panko Crusted Mini Potatoes are so simple to make, bake and serve! Happy Holidays!

For more potato recipes and tips please visit www.potatogoodness.com.

Parmesan Panko Potato Balls

Prep time:  30 minutes
Cook time: 35 to 40 minutes

2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon Italian Herb Seasoning

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 cup flour

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 lbs. very small yellow potatoes

Olive oil cooking spray

Warm marinara sauce or pesto

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with foil. Stir together bread crumbs, cheese, herbs, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Holiday Recipe: Black Olive Risotto Balls

Holiday Recipe: Black Olive Risotto Balls

When it comes to holiday entertaining, California Ripe Olives are a relish tray staple for a reason.

But beyond serving as fabulous finger food, their mild flavor makes them a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into an array of dishes.

So jazz up the appetizer platter with these Black Olive Risotto Olives, which are sure to be a hit.

Prep Time : 60 min

Cook Time : 30 min


2 tablespoons butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 medium shallots, chopped

1 cup Arborio or short grain rice

1 container (32-oz.) chicken stock, warmed

1/2 cup sauvignon blanc

2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 1/3 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided

1/4 cup minced sun-dried tomatoes (preferably smoked)

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1 can (2.2-oz.) sliced California Ripe Olives, drained and coarsely chopped

Freshly ground pepper to taste

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Savory and Sweet Stuffing

Savory and Sweet Stuffing
Looking for a gourmet side that's budget- and flavor-friendly?  Look no further than this delicious stuffing.   Makes 8-10 servings


  • 16 slices whole wheat bread, cubed (8 cups)
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup California raisins
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1

D-II NorCal Bowl: Granite Bay def. St. Ignatius

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Granite Bay Grizzlies defeated the St. Ignatius Wildcats 45-17, for the Division 1 California Regional Bowl match at Sacramento State on Friday night.

Granite Bay will move on to play Long Beach Poly for the Division 1 California Bowl match on Dec. 14. at the Home Depot Center.

RRUFF 2nd Annual Reindeer Pooch Run - Rescheduled for Dec 8

RRUFF 2nd Annual Reindeer Pooch Run - Rescheduled for Dec 8

SATURDAY, DEC 8 - RAIN OR SHINE!   2nd Annual Reindeer Run & 1 Yr Anniversary Party for RRUFF has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 8 fom 2:00-4:00 p.m.,  followed by the Rocklin Tree Lighting Ceremony at St Mary's Church on Front Street.

We look forward to seeing you at the RRUFF Dog Park located in  Johnson-Springview Park, 5480 5th Street Rocklin.  Bring the family and your pooch(s) and explore this wonderful, new off-leash dog park - Rocklin's first!  

Visit the RRUFF website for more information and to reserve your Awesome Reindeer Antlers and Jingle Bell Collars.   This is a FREE event!  www.rruffdogpark.org