Harlequin Gift Guide: For the Foodies

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One of the best parts of any holiday get-together is the food. It’s probably one of the few days of the year where you can indulge without feeling guilty about it (well, not too guilty, anyways). Read on to see what’s perfect for the food-lovers on your list!

 

Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats by Debbie Adler

Baked Goods That Actually Make You Feel Good?

Are you saying “no” to dessert because of food allergies or health concerns? Or saying “no” when your kid asks for a cupcake at a birthday party? If so, Sweet Debbie has a Chocoholic Cupcake for you!

With her own son allergic to “every food in the USDA pyramid,” Debbie Adler took matters into her own kitchen. Today, her wildly popular, allergen-free bakery, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes, has Hollywood’s A-list celebrities lining up for her delicious, nutritious muffins, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, donut holes and breads. Now Sweet Debbie is sharing all her delectable secrets for fifty scrumptious treats like:

Irresistible Red Velvet Cupcakes

Salted Caramel Apple Muffins

Cosmic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gourmet Dark Chocolate Mesquite Brownies

Blueberry Streusel Donut Holes

If you’re a vegan, diabetic, have celiac disease, a food allergy or an intolerance, or are simply interested in boosting your health via your baking tins, set the oven to “preheat” and sit down with Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats. Your sweet tooth will thank you for it.

 

Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie Mayfieldpaleo

Comfort-Food Classics with a Healthy Twist

Lose inches while enjoying pan-seared steak? Restore your health and boost your energy through chipotle mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts? Absolutely. Millions of people are embracing the health benefits of the Paleo movement and transitioning to a diet based on protein, healthy fats, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Charles and Julie Mayfield’s easy, inspiring recipes will have healthy, delicious meals on the table, without spending hours in the kitchen.

Jalapeño Poppers · Bacon- and Basil-Wrapped Shrimp · Eggs Benedict Florentine · Almond-Crusted Pork Tenderloin · Green Turkey Chili · Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie · Paella · Szechuan Stir-Fry · Molasses Ginger Cookies · Berry Scones

These are simple-to-make dishes that soothe the soul after a stressful day—food you’ll want to share with family and friends. Gorgeously illustrated and written by home cooks for home cooks, Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods helpfully instructs on cooking techniques, pantry staples and must-have kitchen equipment. With these warm and engaging authors as your guides, healthy eating becomes less complicated and infinitely more pleasurable and satisfying.

 

If You Can’t Stand the Heat… by Joss Woodif-you-can't-stand-the-heat

Resisting temptation has never been so impossible…

Living on the edge used to make wild-card war reporter Jack Chapman feel alive. These days he needs some time-out before he burns out. So what better distraction than delectable pastry chef Ellie Evans? She’s oh-so-tempting…and sleeping right next door! Perfect for a short-term fling!

Ellie knows it would be beyond stupid to fall for a guy with ice in his veins who’s always on the move. But daredevil Jack is even more irresistible than her death-by-chocolate cake—and saying no has never been Ellie’s strongpoint!

 

Sugarlicious by Meaghan Mountfordsugarlicious

With a dab of bright icing and a sprinkle of color, you can transform drab sugar cookies into glowing planets, plain marshmallows into scary zombies and simple cake pops into blooming flowers. Meaghan Mountford, creator of the blog The Decorated Cookie and the Edible Crafts editor of CraftGossip.com, shares her secrets for producing adorable, edible art.

Full of beautiful color photos and illustrated step-by-step directions, this guide will demystify professional techniques so that anyone can learn how to pipe icing like a pro and have fun with fondant.

With the lively inspiration and foolproof directions in this book, you can discover how to personalize any sweet treat and turn your home kitchen into a studio for sugarlicious works of art!

 

Big Sky Bachelor by Lesley Ann McDanielbig-sky-bachelor

Janessa Greene is leaving Thornton Springs

All she’s ever wanted is to attend cooking school in Seattle. But when a big-shot rodeo rider comes to work on her family’s Montana ranch, Janessa’s determined not to let the cowboy distract her from her goal—no matter how charming he is.

Micah was a rodeo star, but he’s been trampled by one bull too many. While he’s deciding his next move, he gets sidetracked by a pretty cowgirl who’s headed out of town. Can Micah convince her to take a chance on a cowboy ready to put down roots?

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