This time of year has always been my favorite – I love the change in the weather (yes, even here in soggy Portland), I love the feeling of wrapping up the current year and preparing for the new one, and I love the food. FOOOOOOOOOOD. Turkey and stuffing and potatoes and rolls and pie, oh my – followed by Continue reading →
I’ve been writing a lot of blog posts in the shower lately. Well, not *literally* writing them . . . showers and computers don’t coexist peacefully, after all. But in my head, in the shower, post after post just comes rolling out. It’s too bad, really. If only I had a shower-proof computer those posts might actually see the light of day. Why the shower? Continue reading →
When I had my chocolate business, people would often ask me what my favorite chocolate holiday was – Christmas? Valentine’s Day? But oddly enough, it was always Easter. I loved making Continue reading →
UPDATE 5 APRIL 2012: Hold the phone, people! I just made these again with a different recipe – adapted from Five Flavor Sugar Cookies, over at Cookie Madness – and they were The Bomb. I do not say this lightly. The mix of vanilla, lemon, rum, and coconut works perfectly to make these cookies taste like Easter and spring all wrapped in one neat little package. Photos and recipe in this post have now been updated with the new recipe. If you want just a plain old, plain old version you can use the sugar cookie recipe from the Sugar Cookie Bites with Nutella Nests post. Now go forth and bake!
Yesterday I was taking pictures of the sweet miniature daffodils at the park near our house. Today, those adorable little daffys were covered in snow. Snow! In March! At sea level! Pbblllt. I’m ready for spring, people. Continue reading →
I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Which may be the worst possible way to start a post about heart shaped cookies with little love messages on them – but, there it is. All those hearts, and the pink and the red and the flowers and the mushy sentiments, they just make my skin itch. Continue reading →
This is my favorite shortbread cookie, in part because the dough is tasty (and no eggs, so no dough-eating guilt, yay!) and in part because it is so flippin’ easy. Foolproof, I might even say. And endlessly tweak-able. This is the same dough Continue reading →
I have never been an “it” girl. If you asked anyone to describe me, the word “fashionable” would never occur to them. Hip? Trendy? Edgey? No, no, and golly no. I blame it on my Idaho upbringing-you know, back in the days before the internets and cell phones and such, when po-dunk places like my hometown Continue reading →
What to do with leftover marshmallow peeps? S’more them! The peep above is a homemade marshmallow version, but the store bought ones work just fine, too. I used a jumbo peanut butter cookie for my base – since I had a batch just out of the oven – but you can use anything you have on hand, cookie, graham cracker, etc. Top with chocolate (mine was ganache from a batch of truffles, but a piece of chocolate bar works better). Then top with your choice of marshmallow peep creature. Place under your broiler AND DO NOT WALK AWAY. It should only take a couple of minutes to melt the chocolate, goo-ify the marshmallow, and caramelize everything nicely. I’m a burnt marshmallow smore type of girl, which is good because I did take one small step away from my oven and sure enough, my peep went from golden brown to smoky black in that instant. But still, so very tasty!