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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Dipped in Chocolate & Honey Roasted Peanuts

July 29, 2012

Being able to bake sweet little goodies is an ability cherished in our family and passed down from generation to generation. So when I got a call from my Auntie Meggie, announcing a birthday bash for my Cousin Rosie, which included a dessert buffet, I knew I had to go all out. You know I [...]

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Pecan Sandie Cookies

July 17, 2012

I have one cup of coffee per day, the first thing in the morning. Five days a week I go to work and make a fresh pot upon arrival. On the weekends I have a huge cup of really good coffee that lasts me all morning. Recently I was sort of craving a little somethin’ [...]

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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Matcha Filling

March 14, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day will be here in less than a week on Saturday, March 17, so I thought I would get my green recipe posted in a timely manner. Actually, only the icing is green and it is made with Japanese matcha green tea powder, but what the heck, it’s green, right? Do they have [...]

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Twisted Cookies ~ With Rolled-In Sugar

February 25, 2012

My Mom and I made Twisted Cookies for the first time in 1959 from a recipe printed on the inside of a cake yeast wrapper. My Mom made bread from scratch, without a recipe, and this tricky and unique recipe using yeast was right up her alley. When I left home and married, this recipe [...]

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Food Bloggers LA Holiday Cookie Exchange 2011

December 12, 2011

Last Saturday the Food Bloggers Los Angeles group got together for a Holiday Cookie and Cookbook Exchange. It was so much fun to see everyone and see what kind of cookies they brought. Everyone also brought one or more cookbooks to exchange. Erika, of In Erika’s Kitchen, whose house we were meeting at, contributed about [...]

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White Chocolate Chunk and Pecan Cookies

November 30, 2011

Hi everybody! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and your waistband is still the same size. My holiday was fantastic because I got to see my brother, who lives in San Francisco, and my older son, who lives in Davis, California. They came to our feast with their wives and it was so much [...]

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Orange Marmalade and Almond Crostate from The Mozza Cookbook

October 18, 2011

The last time I was at my book store, I was so delighted to discover Nancy Silverton’s fabulous new creation, The Mozza Cookbook, was now on the shelf.  When I paged through it, I found that there were recipes for each of the dishes my friend Michele and I had eaten at Osteria Mozza a [...]

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Maple Pecan Pie Bar Cookies

September 11, 2011

2011 Holiday Season is upon us and it is time to start thinking about what desserts we are going to be serving at our feasts, buffets and cookie exchanges, and to give as gifts. That is why I love these cookies, because they can be make 3 days ahead and kept at room temperature. They [...]

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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

August 24, 2011

Today I received an email from my Food Bloggers Los Angeles group announcing there will be a Holiday Cookie Exchange on Saturday, December 3rd. Do you know what that means? OMG! It’s almost Christmas!! And I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping. I don’t know where my Christmas tree decorations are! I have no idea [...]

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Peanut Butter Cookies & the Gum in Hair Dilemma

July 18, 2011

Ok, ok, I know everybody and their brother has a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies on their blog, and they’re all pretty much the same recipe, but I want to have it here for myself. My go-to place, you know. Peanut Butter Cookies are one of the four cookie recipes I brought from my childhood, [...]

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Black and White Checkerboard Cookies

July 10, 2011

I have been thinking about making cookies for about a week, because I have been craving a sweet little treat and we had nothing dessert-like in the house. I didn’t feel like making your standard drop cookies either. I wanted to make something special, something different, intriguing and unusual. Something that would elicit a “How [...]

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

March 12, 2011

My older son, David, lives in Davis in northern California, and as I live in Los Angeles, I don’t get to see him very often. He works in the Physics Department at UC Davis and he builds things, like bionic arms for NASA. So when he said he was coming down for Christmas last year, [...]

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Banana Cream Tartlets with Chocolate Gewgaws

November 4, 2010

A few posts back we made these terrific little tartlet shells, and proceeded to fill them with lemon curd with little bee decorations. I had quite a few tart shells left over that I froze, so they were already made and waiting expectantly for their next incarnation.

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Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Jam

October 25, 2010

Now that the Holidays are coming, I’m getting out all of my recipes that I only make at this time of year, such as these Linzer cookies. I love having these baking traditions that mean so much to me and my family. When they come for our Holiday gatherings, they can count on finding these [...]

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Mini Tartlet Shells, Food Art & an Optical Illusion

October 3, 2010

Yesterday my plan was to make these Mini Tartlet Shells and photograph them. Next I was going to make the Lemon Curd and fill the tart shells. A couple of weeks ago I made the Little Buttercream Bees that were going to embellish their tops. Then I was going to photograph the finished tarts and [...]

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