Bites from other Blogs

  • You know what they say about the hair of the dog – especially if you’re planning to head to a New Year’s party in a couple of days. Cookie Madness baked up some Hair of the Dog Bourbon Chocolate Muffins. These muffins are very chocolaty, but still more like muffins than cupcakes, and have a generous amount of chocolate chips added to them to make them a little more indulgent. They also have a splash of bourbon just big enough that you can get a hint of it in every bite.
  • I’m a sucker for s’mores, so the S’mores Creme Brulee at Sugar Plum is right up my alley. The base of the creme brulee is a chocolate custard. It is topped with a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs and a layer of mini marshmallows, which are toasted to create both the crisp top you might expect on a creme brulee and the toasted marshmallow flavor of a s’more. This is such a fun dessert, both to make and to eat!
  • A simple but delicious bread to make at home is Indian naan. Since it can be cooked in a skillet, there is no down time between cooking and eating. Guilty Kitchen made some Garlic Naan. That garlic in this naan is in the dough, so there is a nice light flavor of it throughout the bread. The dough comes together very easily and is just rolled out and pan fried to finish it off. It’s so much quicker than most breads that it’s easy to find time to make it. Serve it with main dishes or pair it with a garlicky dip, tear it into pieces and enjoy as an appetizer.
  • Crackers and dip make for an easy, tasty appetizer when entertaining, but it’s possible to impress even with this simple setup – especially if you make your own crackers. Smitten Kitchen‘s Parmesan Cream Crackers are a little more substantial looking than your average boxed cracker at just about 3/8-inch thick, but they’re a lot more flavorful, too. These crackers are light and crisp, and thanks to some parmesan cheese in the dough, have a subtle cheesy flavor to them that will help the crackers pair with any dip you can come up with. They’re basically at their best on the day they’re made, so keep that in mind if you want to try a batch for a party.
  • As an oatmeal cookie fan, Home Cooking in Montana‘s version of Starbucks Outrageous Oatmeal Cookies sounds pretty amazing. I don’t think that the Starbucks in my area carry these particular cookies, but it doesn’t matter much because the coffee company gave out the recipe earlier this summer on recipe cards. This adaptation of the recipe includes cranberries, raisins and macadamia nuts, and the cookies are both dipped (on the bottom) and drizzled (on the top) with melted chocolate. Use you favorite kind of chocolate – milk, dark or white – and I don’t think you’ll go wrong with a batch of these.

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