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Chocolate Chip and Almond Cookies

The closer Christmas gets, the more cookies I want to make. It’s almost a compulsion, but I don’t fight it since I love cookies. I wanted to make some cookies that had chocolate chips, but still had a little something extra special about them. I didn’t want plain chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal chocolate chip. After searching through my cupboard, I found a bag of ... Read More »

Sourdough English Muffins

Bette’s Oceanview Diner is one of my favorite places in Berkeley, California. They have a cute, bustling diner feel – rare to find on this coast – and fantastic food. Their basic pancakes and scones are really excellent and their specials are equally delicious. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the enormous Dutch Bunny - a 12 inch puffed apple pancake – is definitely ... Read More »

Blogging About Food

One of the reasons that I enjoy reading food blogs is that I like food. Not in just a casual sort of way, either. I am genuinely interested in it. I enjoy reading about and seeing other people’s creations and insights. I keep my blog for the same, simple reason, because I like to share with others. On my best days, I hope that I ... Read More »

Vegan Molasses Apple Tart

I hesitated to post this tart because I wasn’t completely pleased with the way it turned out. Not because there was anything wrong with it, but simply because it wasn’t what I expected. I made a crumbly, molasses cookie bottom, pressed it into the pan, baked it off and let it cool. I topped it with some very thin apple slices and baked it again. ... Read More »

Maple Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies come from a good combination of fall flavors, though it is nearly the start of winter. They combine maple, cinnamon and pecans with my favorite cookie ingredient: oatmeal. The maple comes from maple syrup. I generally keep grade B on hand, since I prefer its darker flavor and slightly more syrupy consistency to higher grades. The highlights of these cookies are the pecans ... Read More »

Hot Cocoa Mix

You’re probably wondering what the heck that is in the photo. Unless you read the title for this post, in which case you may have guessed that it is a hot cocoa mix. Is there anything better than a big, steaming mug of cocoa on a cold day? Well, I’m sure there are some things (world peace, etc.), but it is pretty high up on ... Read More »

PB&J Crunch Cookies

I already know a recipe for good some fine peanut butter cookies, but a little variety is never a bad thing so I didn’t hesitate when I spotted this recipe for Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies in Real Simple. While they used chopped peanuts, they also had the interesting inclusion of puffed rice cereal (aka Rice Krispies). The little girls in the photo that accompanied the ... Read More »

Cloud-like Lime Souffles

For me, almost anything paired with citrus makes a winning combination and I have been on a citrus kick for the past two weeks. Maybe it will pass and maybe it won’t, but I’m certainly going to enjoy a good thing while it lasts. Combining the two main components of last week’s Lemon Meringue Pie, curd and meringue, I made some simple Lime Souffles this ... Read More »

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