Hazelnut chewies

chewies5Last year when I was looking for a cookie to make for the Christmas cookie party, I decided that I wanted to make something new, something that I’d never had before. I poured over my collection of cookie recipes (okay it’s mainly just two versions of America’s Test Kitchen’s holiday cookies edition) and decided on these hazelnut, Nutella-filled cookies.

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Gingerbread teddy bears

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This week kicks off Christmas cookie week. If you’re lucky, you’ll be taking off some time from work in the near future and have time to relax, have fun and make some goodies. I’m pretty excited about the prospect of all of these things, but I’m particularly excited about the goodies.

There’s just something exciting and happy and warm about making Christmas cookies. I really love cookies all of the time, and there aren’t any specific cookies that I only reserve for the holidays, but I’m going to kick off with the one you’re most likely to only make for a very special occasion: Gingerbread teddy bears. Continue reading “Gingerbread teddy bears”

Pumpkin ginger cheesecake pie

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I must confess that I don’t love Thanksgiving food. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t dislike it, but I never get excited about turkey or sweet potatoes, and I’m especially not going to tear down the door for a slice of pumpkin pie. In fact, some day, when I prepare my own Thanksgiving meal, I imagine always making some sort of ethnic food– curry and naan one year, empanadas the next, sushi after that, and so on. However, the day when I cook my own Thanksgiving dinner is not today, and as a food blogger, it is not only expected that I share a few Thanksgiving recipes, it is one of my responsibilities.

So, I took this responsibility very seriously.

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Cream cheese coffee cake

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again– I’m not a breakfast food person. But when I saw this recipe, it went to the top of my “to cook” list. (I also really needed cake that day.) I knew that I would end up eating this as dessert and not as breakfast, but it didn’t matter. Plus, it was more appropriate than chocolate cake as a breakfast dessert after my obligatory fruit and cereal.

However, I decided I’d still sell it how it was meant to be sold: breakfast food. So the next time you are expecting overnight guests or this weekend when you want something special to go with the magical coffee brewing in the fridge, whip up this cream cheese coffee cake. It is great, and it can easily be used again for dessert later in the day if you don’t have time to make any other baked goods for your guests or to satisfy your own sweet craving. Continue reading “Cream cheese coffee cake”

Spicy applesauce

applesauce3My grandma makes really good applesauce. When I was a kid (and before then I’m assuming), she made applesauce with tart little green June apples from a few trees on her farm. She’d have a big bucketful, and I’d sit and watch her peel them, sometimes trying to help but more often than not giving up. It’s hard for little fingers to get the hang of neatly peeling an apple; I only recently learned the trick to gently swirling off a thin layer of skin with a knife, removing only the slightest bit of fruit and leaving the bounty to consume. As a kid, Grandma could peel three apples to my one, and her fruits remained intact while mine bore big ugly gashes. They all taste the same, though, and uncooked, that taste makes you pucker. No one was tempted to sneak a slice; one sample of raw June apple is enough for a lifetime. They cooked up quite nicely, though.

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Crepes

crepes2In case you didn’t know, my boyfriend is French. To the disappointment of one of my co-workers, he doesn’t wear v-neck t-shirts, and he sounds more British than French when speaking English. Without knowing him, it’s very difficult to figure out where he’s from, especially since his accent is slowly diminishing from residing in the US and since he doesn’t do anything that particularly screams “France” in daily life.

One thing he does do, though, is make crepes.

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Hot fudge sauce

hotfudge2I mentioned earlier this week that all I want to do is sit around and eat ice cream. Although that’s not all that I’m doing, it is one of the things I’m doing and obviously thinking about often. Summer can be difficult for people with a big sweet tooth. There’s the conflict to turn on the oven for cookies, cake or even broiled peaches but then heat up the house, or to not turn on the oven and miss all of the goodies that you wish that you had. Therefore, the most practical summer dessert is ice cream.

Unfortunately, I don’t have an ice cream maker in the state in which I reside (but I do have one in another state– helpful, right?), so I don’t even have to make up excuses to buy it at the grocery store.

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Snickerdoodles

snickerdoodle1I have major problems with technology. I’ve broken a Kindle without doing anything to it. I’m on my fourth phone in a month. However, I did have the first phone for five years. But then it died. (I was so sad. When you have something so long, it’s difficult to get used to a new phone.) So I ordered a new phone, but I was sleeping on the beach, and a wave came up closer than expected, seawater seeped into my beach bag, and the phone got wet. I kept it in rice for a week, and although it turns on, the keyboard doesn’t register.

On to an old brick phone. I used it for a few days and managed to lose the charger. Now I’m on the last old brick phone in my house. I can’t find the back of it, but I’ve taped in the battery. I could buy a new phone, but I’m just not in the mood right now. I have no desire to have a smartphone, so I’ll battle through texting with T9 again.snickerdoodle8

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