Chocolate Almond Cream Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Almond Cream Sandwich Cookies, on a platter

The Chocolate Hazelnut SpreadĀ I made the other day was delicious, chocolaty and not-too-sweet with a good hazelnut flavor. I began to wonder, after making it, how it would work with other nuts. Hazelnut and chocolate have a very similar flavor profile, but I decided to try the recipe with ground almonds in place of the hazelnuts. The result was a bit milder than the hazelnut ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

After making my clafoutis-like crustless quichelast week, I’ve been thinking more and more about delicious clafoutis. Cherries are pretty much the most traditionally used fruit, but I love Crispy Waffle‘s take, a tempting sounding Raspberry Almond Clafoutis. The best part, given that we’re still in the middle of winter, is that you can use frozen berries and still get a great result. Continuing on a ... Read More »

Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Dipping Adventure

Hotel Chocolat Dipping Adventure

Chocolate is, as always, a good choice for a Valentine’s Day gift. Heck – it’s pretty much the standard alongside roses or flowers. As things become “standard,” they can get a bit dull and chocolate is no exception; even with the huge variety of chocolate truffles, chocolate bars and assorted chocolate boxes to choose from, it all starts to look the same after a while. ... Read More »

Push-n-Print Valentine Cookie Hearts

Cookie stamps are great little tools, giving all kinds of plain cookies – especially butter cookies or shortbread – a lot of dimension. They also save you a lot of time when it comes to decorating cookies, since all the work is done for you before the cookies get into the oven and you don’t really need to bother with frosting or sprinkles to still ... Read More »

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)

Chocolate Almond Spread on toast

Nutella is a creamy, rich, chocolate and hazelnut spread that is popular all over the world. The first time I had it, I must have eaten a half-jar of the stuff with a whole baguette and probably would have finished off the jar if the bakery hadn’t been closed already. I would venture to say that it is more widely used outside the US than ... Read More »

101 Easy Peasy Cookie Recipes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you really can’t have too many cookie recipes. Even if you have a couple of repeats from book to book (of chocolate chip, for instance), the few that are repeated are generally the most popular and it’s actually quite convenient to have multiple places to find them. 101 Easy Peasy Cookie Recipes is a cookbook comprised ... Read More »

White Bean Hummus

Open my pantry and you’ll see all kinds of canned beans. They’re just so useful – good in soups, chilis, tossed in salads or processed into hearty dips – that I will always keep plenty around. Dips especially are a favorite of mine to make because I usually have something around that requires dipping, whether it is a bag of tortilla chips, a batch of ... Read More »

Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche

Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche

Many times, the flaky and buttery crust is the best part of a quiche, supporting the filling and adding a wonderful contrasting texture to the dish. But crusts can be a bit time consuming and more than a bit fattening. I like this crustless quiche as a quick and relatively low fat dinner. It takes about 15 minutes to assemble and get into the oven ... Read More »

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