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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 »

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 »

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 »

Parmesan Pretzel Sticks

Parmesan Pretzel Sticks

I’m a huge soft pretzel fan. Whether they’re homemade or store-bought (preferably from a store or market that specializes, to some degree, in pretzel production), I’m usually happy to munch on a salted pretzel with a bit of mustard. But pretzels certainly come on more forms than soft, and the crunchy variety certainly has its uses, especially where dips are concerned. I had never had ... Read More »

No-Bake Vanilla Cheesecake with Thin Mint Crust

Vanilla Cheesecake with Thin Mint Crust, waiting to be eaten

When I started out on my self-appointed task to make homemade versions of some popular Girl Scout cookies, I didn’t have any problem picking out Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Tagalongs as my top choices. But I thought it might be fun to throw in a recipe that used Girl Scout cookies, too, and this is that recipe. I opted to use the ever-popular Thin Mints – ... Read More »

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples

In the winter, especially when it’s raining (or snowing, for that matter, though that’s pretty unlikely in most of southern California) and cold, I can’t think of a better way to start the day than a hot bowl of oatmeal. Ok – maybe staying in bed under the warm covers is a better way, but since we all have to get up sometime, oatmeal is ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs

Tagalongs, or Peanut Butter Patties, seem to be one of the less remarkable Girl Scout cookies. Everyone likes them, but no one ever seems to call them out as their favorite. My feeling is that these cookies are very reminiscent of candies like peanut butter cups and I think we can all agree that they are a hard act to follow because the combination is ... Read More »

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