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cookie jar: almond butter graham cracker truffles

almond butter graham cracker truffles

December 23rd, 2014

Like, whoa. When I come across a recipe that causes me to spring out of my chair and immediately scour my cabinets to see if I can MAKE IT RIGHT NOW – well, I know it’s going to be a winner. And these amazingly delicious truffles? A winner – with much to love. First of all? […]

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cookie jar: a pair of palmiers!

chocolate espresso and gingersnap palmiers

November 27th, 2014

Over on Babble this week I’ve shared the magic that is palmiers. And by “magic”, I mean 2-ingredients-to-delicious magic. If you STILL don’t keep a stash of puff pastry in your freezer at all times (you know, for these. Or these.), this recipe will make you a convert. The basic how-to’s (and pictures) are on […]

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cookie jar: chocolate sea salt shortbread

chocolate sea salt shortbread

August 28th, 2014

Though the “sweet-salty” trend has definitely had its moment, I find that there are still times when “just a pinch” can bring many sweet treats to a whole new level. This is especially true of candies and baked goods that are unrelentingly rich, or “one note”. Caramels. Marshmallow-cereal bars. The best blondies you’ll ever eat. […]

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sugar (and guilt) free: double chocolate brownies

sugar (and guilt) free: double chocolate brownies

February 28th, 2013

You’re welcome. In doing my research on sugar alternatives, I had my eyes opened wide about the differences in processed vs. “natural” sugar. That there is virtually no difference at all, and you are often being completely misled when you buy products labeled with the ingredient “cane juice”. If you are interested, here’s a great […]

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101: ganache

101: ganache

February 9th, 2013

Ganache is, hands down, THE multi-tasker in the kitchen. With just a few ingredients, minimal time and zero special equipment, you’ve got the base for (are you ready?) THREE different recipes – a glaze, a frosting or some heavenly truffles. I made the truffles. Can you say “Valentine’s Day”?

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celebrate, good times

celebrate, good times

May 2nd, 2012

Last weekend was one for celebrations. On Friday afternoon Mike came home from an almost 2-week business trip (yay!!!). Noah really missed him, and would every so often stop what he was doing to look up at him and just smile and stare,  as if to say, “You’re really back!”. So cute. On Saturday I attended […]

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holiday baking: chocolate espresso cookies

holiday baking: chocolate espresso cookies

December 14th, 2011

Remember these from last week? As promised, here’s the recipe, and it’s my personal favorite. These chocolate espresso slices are the cool kid of the holiday cookie bunch. They are crispy-chewy in texture and the deep brown color is most elegant. The espresso lends a sophisticated note, and make these cookies the obvious choice for the […]

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chocolate chip scones

chocolate chip scones

April 26th, 2011

I know, I know. I JUST wrote about scones, like, a month ago. Did I really think we needed another scone recipe? Yes, we do. If it’s THIS scone recipe. In addition to s’mores bars, Chelsea  also wanted to make these scones while she was home for spring break. I couldn’t say no as she looks […]

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matzoh crack

matzoh crack

April 16th, 2011

-ERS, people. Matzoh crack-ERS………… This recipe appeared at Passover several years ago, courtesy of my cousin Amy. We collectively pounced on the tray, declared, “this is a KEEPER” and it’s been a Seder staple ever since. In an on-line search for this recipe, I’ve seen it referred to by various names – “matzoh crunch”, “chocolate matzoh brittle” and “chocolate […]

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s’mores bars

s'mores bars

April 10th, 2011

I can always tell when it’s getting close to the time for Chelsea to come home because I start getting e-mails with links to sites like this. And this. Chelsea loves to bake when she’s home. She has a knack for picking recipes that are completely irresistible, and before I know what’s hit me, I’m running to the store to buy […]

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