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Chocolate-Cherry Slices

Chocolate-Cherry Slices

I had my eye on a recipe for Chocolate-Peppermint Slices (from this book that my Mom gave me many years ago), and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought I might make a Chocolate-Cherry version for the holiday. It was my first time making this kind of cookie, and even thought it takes [...]

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Mint Chocolate Silk

Mint Chocolate Silk

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been pretty absent from the computer lately.  I’ve been busy playing with my nephews and hanging out with family while we’re back in Chicago.  Ironically, this time of year when so many people are entertaining and cooking up a storm is usually when I take a break from cooking and [...]

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Just wanted to wish you all Happy Holidays from cold and snowy Chicago!  We’re here with little Omar, hanging out with our families and relaxing as much as possible.  Hope you’re enjoying time with family and friends and eating lots of good food!

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Chocolate Cherry Loaf

Chocolate Cherry Loaf

I was recently contacted by Whole Soy about submitting a couple recipes for their website, which I was more than happy to do.  I love coming up with new recipe ideas or putting a new spin on old ones.  And of course I love an excuse to have to test out some cake! Since the recipes [...]

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Simple Mushroom Bruschetta

Simple Mushroom Bruschetta

Last week I came down with some sort of terrible virus and totally lost my appetite.  I couldn’t even watch commercials for food, and the thought of eating anything was even worse.  It was a special sort of hell for me. But I’m so glad to say that I’m feeling MUCH better, and am actually [...]

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Persimmon Pudding with Whipped Coconut Cream

Persimmon Pudding with Whipped Coconut Cream

I have to start this post off by honestly telling you that I’ve never really liked persimmons.  My grandma loved them, so they remind me of her, which makes me really want to love them.  But no matter how many times I try samples of them at the farmers’ market, I just never come around [...]

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White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Ryan saw some white chocolate covered pretzels at Trader Joe’s the other day, but they weren’t vegan so he asked me if I could make something similar.  I’ve been thinking about it ever since and finally had an excuse to make some over the weekend. Now, I’m a big white chocolate fan.  When I was [...]

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Mega Chocolate Mint Holiday Cookies

Mega Chocolate Mint Holiday Cookies

I was recently contacted by Earth Balance to submit a recipe to their new “made just right” website (I mentioned their recipe contest in a recent post).  I wanted to do something that felt festive for the holiday season, and these Mega Chocolate Mint Cookies seemed to fit the bill. These cookies are super chocolaty, [...]

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Marshmallow Mint Cookie Bark

Marshmallow Mint Cookie Bark

I bought some Rocky Road Bark from Sweet & Sara over the summer when I was stocking up on marshmallows for a camping trip, and I finally finished it off last week after hording it for months.  Of course as soon as I finished it I wanted more. I thought, why not try my hand [...]

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Trifle

Pumpkin Butterscotch Trifle

I was having a hard time deciding what to make for dessert this Thanksgiving.  I wanted to make something different, but still appropriate for the holiday.  There must have been some divine intervention on Wednesday, because I found myself suddenly thinking about a pumpkin trifle, and the rest was history! I used the recipe for [...]

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Ceci with Garlic and Sage

Ceci with Garlic and Sage

I’ve made these Ceci (Chickpeas) with Garlic and Sage a couple times now, and I think I’m finally getting the hang of this Michael Chiarello recipe.  The first time I made these I followed the recipe exactly, but I found my skillet very crowded and they just didn’t crisp up as much as I would [...]

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Easy Chestnut Soup

Easy Chestnut Soup

For some reason I’ve really been wanting to cook with chestnut this year.  I have to admit that I’m intimidated to roast them myself, and they can also be a bit pricey.  Fortunately Trader Joe’s has pre-cooked vacuum-sealed packages of them that are so convenient to use and are also reasonable priced.  Aw yeah! I [...]

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Mini Radish Tartine

Mini Radish Tartine

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thought I’d feature recipes this week that would work for the holiday, starting with these incredibly simple mini radish tartines. Before designing a menu for afternoon tea, I’d never had a radish sandwich before.  I knew that radishes served with butter were a classic french treat, and [...]

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