Homemade Sweets For Valentine’s Day!

Sure, there’s still time. All you need is a double boiler, some chocolate, a few well-chosen things to dip into that chocolate, and some patience.

Parchment paper works well as a cooling area/landing pad. You can move the chocolates easily off it once they’re set.

Lehman’s offers two models, the Double Boiler, and the Stainless Steel Double Boiler. I prefer the Stainless Steel Double Boiler because of its squared-off lid handle and three-ply steel lower pan. They’re well matched, though, and choice comes down to small preferences. Continue reading

Ham Salad Spread Retro Fave At New Year’s Parties!

grider, meat grinder, food grinder

Mom used the small ChopRite Model 5 for years. I have it now, and it’s still working brilliantly.

OK, so you’re ready to head into the big night. You have an idea of what you want to do, and most of the food is settled. But why not add a retro twist to the proceedings? It’ll be simple and fun.

Cracker spreads are always on the New Year’s Eve buffet. And I don’t know about you, but I really have a problem going to the grocery deli and dropping $3 to $8 a pound for something I’m able to make with 20 minutes and a little gumption.

Take ham salad, for instance. We always had it at parties growing up, because our family was huge. Really, really big. It was a staple on the snack table, paired with crackers, and right next to the seasoned cereal mix, locally made potato chips, and the really small bowl of chocolates from the shop that’s been downtown forever. Continue reading

Easy To Make “Marshmallow Fudge” Is Christmas Tradition!

Professional Candy Thermometer

Professional Candy Thermometer

On Lehman’s Facebook page last week, there was quite the shout-out for Fantasy Fudge, the fudge made with chocolate chips, marshmallow creme and butter. I’m pleased to share my version of the recipe with you!

I’ve been making it for so long that I have the recipe memorized, and can rattle it off at will. The best thing is that it sets up quickly, so even if you’re invited to a last-minute party, you can whip it up on short notice–even the morning of a bash.

The index card that has been in the family for years is stained and battered, but it’s in Mom’s handwriting, so why mess with a good thing? And if you don’t have your own ancient and honorable index card, grab one, and copy the recipe below. It won’t take long for this to be a family favorite. Continue reading

Pick Up The Christmas Pickle Tradition

Christmas Pickle ornament

Now’s the time for a new tradition! See Christmas Pickles at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

For many, the holidays are all about traditions in the family and as the Christmas season approaches I’m reminded of one special tradition in my own family.

My father takes tremendous pride in decorating our Christmas tree. We love to help him pick out the ornaments and he places them in their specific spot on the tree. We often joke about how meticulous he is about decorating and it’s a special time for the family to be together, even now that I’m married and living away from home Continue reading