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Heather Hands is a kitchen aficionado contributing her recipes and stories to KraftRecipes.com. Compensation was provided by KRAFT. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, Heather Hands, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of KRAFT.

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Upscale Your Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of my absolute favorite comfort foods in the winter months. When I was a child, my mother would make us grilled cheese sandwiches using a big-ol’ grilled cheese press with a metal handle, springs and all. We’d always eat our grilled cheese with a piping-hot bowl of tomato soup for dipping, and a pickle on the side. Nowadays, we make grilled cheese a lot in our house, but we aren’t equipped with a dedicated grilled cheese press, so we use a large frying pan on the stovetop.  Continue reading

Chocolate for Christmas: The Canadian Tradition

Nanaimo bars are creamy, chocolatey squares that originated in Nanaimo (pronounced nah-NYE-moe), Canada, a small town just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Unfortunately, the origins of the bar (aside from its location) are unknown. When I lived in Victoria back in 2007, I was determined to make a trip to Nanaimo just to say that I had been there…and of course I ate a Nanaimo bar. The bars are so popular in that city that tourism officials produced a “self-guided trail” brochure, leading tourists to several locations offering traditional Nanaimo bars and variations. Continue reading

A Fall Brunch Casserole You Have to Taste to Believe

Now that we find ourselves heading into the cooler season of fall, thoughts of berries, stone fruit and watermelon are in the past. The produce aisles are filling up with rows of apples—so many different varieties. During this time of year, I love taking a trip to one of the many apple orchards we have here in Washington state and seeing which new varieties each orchard has to offer. The smell of apples frying or baking in cinnamon and brown sugar is one that stirs up so many emotions and childhood memories: The first time I made an apple pie with my mother. The first time my husband, Brent, and I perfected the cinnamon roll. I wish I could bottle up that aroma and wear it as perfume. On dreary days, I’ll fry up some apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and eat them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It is the pinnacle of comfort food. Continue reading

Best-of-Summer Fruit Kabobs

This summer has been ridiculously warm here in the Pacific Northwest. There have been a few weeks when the temperature has peaked at 95 degrees, which is way too hot for a city with few air conditioners. If I had known that this summer was going to be this hot, I would have invested in a pool: inflatable, kiddie, above ground or all of the above. Instead, we’ve been making frequent trips to the various lakes and beaches that surround the city, trying to cool down with frequent splashes in the waves. And a lot of watermelon consumption.

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