Needing a lighter complement, I knew I had just the thing to serve with the quadruple-threat chocolate cookies at Valentine’s.
Light and crispy, these sugar cookies are flavored with sparkling blood orange zest and floral cardamom pods.
These have a higher butter-to-flour ratio than my usual sugar cookie recipe, I kept them in the fridge until right before popping them in the oven and they held their shape just fine.
I topped half with clear sanding sugar and the other half with a …
When I mentioned the big plans I had over the holidays to attempt making my own puff pastry dough, I had morning buns on the brain. Alas, the sun was too inviting and I decided to play with puff pastry another day.
I still had morning buns on my mind though.
This recipe, if you can even call it that, is embarrassingly simple: a sheet of puff, some butter, cinnamon and sugar. Then, right out of the oven, an additional dip in …
Have a valentine for whom you’d like to show your looooooove?
Need to catch a valentine so that someone will loooooooove you?
Well, have I got a recipe for you. It has everything….
Oh, how I miss you Stefon.
But seriously. I promise this quadruple chocolate threat cookie will get the job done.
And you know what they say. If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.
Quadruple Threat Chocolate Cookies
adapted from Sunset Magazine’s 50 all-time best Sunset Test Kitchen …
A couple of years ago I went to work for a Catholic university of the St Ignatius of Loyola and Marymount persuasions. While I’ve made my career in education, most often at the college-level, this was my first religiously-affiliated institution.
Always the diligent researcher, I went deep when preparing to interview for the job. Part of my motivation was professional—I needed this prospective place of employment to know that I’d done my homework. Selfishly, I also needed to understand the values …
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a clothes horse and shoe hound (which is odd considering I was born in a year of the ox).
In my defense, I’m pretty careful about how I curate and take care of my…collections. So, I find myself cleaning-out and re-organizing my closet every month or two. I not only own a flipfold. I use it with relish.
For the last couple of years, I’ve kept track of my ever expanding collection of costumy-type necklaces on …
And we’re back.
The view off of the back porch of my parent’s house for the first couple of days we were there.
TD and I spent the Christmas holidays with my family up in Montana. There was lots of eating and drinking and general merry making by all involved.
TD enjoying a Moscow Mule and the gloaming.
While my parents currently live right outside of Bozeman, their first Montana love (and house) was up in Big Sky. A couple of days before …
“We elves like to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” Buddy, in Elf (2003).
Generally, my belief when decorating cookies is that the more you mess with them, the worse they taste. While I appreciate the look real royal icing creates, I’ve always shied away from it because of this.
Using lemon juice in confectioner’s sugar, while pretty delicious does have its limitations. Most specifically, I found no matter what I did, the colors …
In the course of my holiday baking each year, I like to make a couple of different kinds of shortbready-sably type cookies. And each year, I like to try out something a little different.
This year, by different, I meant really different. As in, peppercorny different. In fact, I think that’s where it started. At some point during my planning, TD always asks the same question: “you aren’t going make anything pink peppercorny are you?”
Why yes, yes I am.
If you don’t …
The 2013 holiday baking total sugar damage:
That’s 39.2 pounds or just under two big and two small Kitchen Gods.
Here are some more fun numbers:
Total number of packages: 40
Number of packages shipped: 16 across 6 states
Number of packages that have been or will be hand-delivered: 24
Total types of treats: 11
Total individual pieces: 1937
We didn’t ship the Kitchen Gods. They wouldn’t fit into the box. They did supervise the entire packaging process from this vantage. And for those of you …
I hope everyone’s Thanksgivings were restful and flavorful!
I took advantage of the short break to use sugar in as many ways as possible
First, an admission. I somehow miscalculated last week’s total. We weren’t at 508 ounces just yet. My apologies.
Let’s back up. Last week, we’d made it to 323 ounces, or about 20 pounds.
But THIS week: 560 ounces
and only one burned finger as casualty.