Hot Chocolate Laced with Tequila; #Sponsored #Giveaway #CookMexico

A Mexican inspired hot chocolate laced with tequila and a pinch of chipotle powder kicks the holiday season up a notch! This post was sponsored by Casa Noble Tequila, who sent me a bottle of their tequila, a small stipend, and who is giving away copies of Margarita Carrillo Arronte’s Mexico: The Cookbook to two of my lucky readers (see Rafflecopter form below)! Affiliate links are used in this post to link to items I am discussing.

A Mexican inspired hot chocolate laced with tequila and a pinch of chipotle powder kicks the holiday season up a notch!

So when a representative from Casa Noble tequila reached out to me about this campaign, my first reaction was ack! how do I balance that with reviewing Mexico: The Cookbook (which the publishers had already sent me)? Which I already knew I loved. But still. … … 

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Peppermint Whipped Cream Pound Cake with Shaved Mint Chocolate; #BundtBakers

This Peppermint Whipped Cream Pound Cake with Shaved Mint Chocolate has no butter, which makes it come together quickly–instead it uses rich whipped cream and is sprinkled liberally throughout with mint dark chocolate shavings. Perfect for the holidays–or any time! Affiliate links were used in this post to link to items I am discussing. 

Peppermint Whipped Cream Bundt w Chocolate Shavings: Because it has no butter to be creamed, this cake is easy and fast! And delicious!

I bet none of you will be surprised to learn that I, as the host, chose the theme for this month’s Bundt Bakers: Mint. Mint is pretty much my favorite flavor year round, and even more so at the holidays. I was thinking about it, and I believe I have made some kind of mint cake during the holidays for the last several years running. … 

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Polish Vanilla Hazelnut Crescent Cookies (Ciasteczka Waniliowe); #CreativeCookieExchange

These Ciasteczka Waniliowe, or Polish Vanilla Hazelnut Crescent Cookies, are traditional at Christmastime and therefore perfect for this month’s Creative Cookie Exchange, which is celebrating the traditional cookies served during the various holidays occurring around the Winter Solstice all over the world. Affiliate links were used in this post to link to items I am discussing.

Polish Vanilla Hazelnut Crescent Cookies (Ciasteczka Waniliowe)

So many cookies and sweets! But you cannot possibly be tired of them yet! Just yesterday I added Butter Crunch with dark chocolate and macadamia nuts and Butter Crunch with milk chocolate and peanuts to our tins. And Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallows made with Creme de Menthe. And a cake to be unveiled this Thursday…. 

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Cookie Press Cookies in 3 Flavors for Your Holiday Tray

The same simple dough for the cookie press flavored 3 different ways for the Holidays: Peppermint Christmas Trees; Salt and Pepper Maple Wreaths; Fiori di Sicilia and Orange Snowflakes. Affiliate links have been used in this post to link to items I am discussing.

The same EASY basic cookie press dough flavored 3 different ways for the holidays: Fiori di Sicilia (citrus vanilla); Salt and Pepper Maple; Peppermint

I am determined to slide these cookies in right before Creative Cookie Exchange on Tuesday in case some of you are still looking for cookies for your cookie tins. Cookie press cookies have been a total revelation this season…. 

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Cuban Spicy Oxtail Stew (Rabo Encendido); Review of To Cook Is To Love

This flavorful Cuban Oxtail Stew is everything that is wonderful about winter food: warming, comforting and filling. And it can cook all day in a slow cooker if necessary. A copy of To Cook Is To Love was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Affiliate links were used in this post to link to items being discussed.

Cuban Spicy Oxtail Stew (Rabo Encendido): great for the slow cooker and can be made with brisket, chuck and short ribs as well!

Guys I fought so long with these photos. Winter is so frustrating! And this stew is so naturally red that all of that excess warmth in the indoor light spectrum just really messed with these pictures. So please, whatever you do, do not hold the white balance (or lack thereof) against this dish!

I was sent John Verlinden’s To Cook Is to Love: Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes by the publisher, and it was a complete revelation. … 

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