Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thank you to all of my readers who have sent emails, left comments, and have taken the time to share words of encouragement for my nephew, Richard.  In case you missed it you might want to read "You Really Aren't Going To Believe This". I decided it is time I get back to some sweet blogging.…

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Red, White and BLUE Food

When I was growing up my sous-chef dish-washing mom told me repeatedly that "blue" isn't for food.  Luscious red strawberries are fine, white angel food cake is beautiful, blue frosting on a child's birthday cake - utter nonsense! That was long before Superman and his blue cape showed up on little boy's cakes. Or how…

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TWD Baked Yogurt Tart

This month our Tuesdays With Dorie baking group decided to bake two tarts, one sweet and one savory, from the cookbook Baking With Julia.  Starting with this sweet Baked Yogurt Tart, most of the group baked and posted their results on July 2.  You can find links to those posts right HERE. I baked mine…

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You Might Be A Redneck … Savarin

"Hey honey ... this strawberry shortcake is delicious! " called the Chief Culinary Consultant from his easy chair in the family room, as the Golf Channel blared in the background. Strawberry shortcake?  You've got to be kidding ... this "shortcake" is a fancy-schmancy french pastry called Savarin.  According to Dorie Greenspan, writing in her "Baking…

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TWD: Madeleines

It's Tuesdays With Dorie -- where a whole bunch of bakers around the world all bake the same recipe from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, Baking With Julia and then blog the results.  Today we are featuring Madeleines.  The Madeleine (french pronunciation: ​[mad.lɛn], English /ˈmædleɪn/  is a traditional small cake from the Lorraine region in northeastern France. I…

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Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are not my "thing".  Mostly because they just never turn out that well.  You know, soft and chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  So when, Tuesdays With Dorie baking group chose Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies for this week's recipe I thought, "yawn." Then there are the ingredients ... apricots (not my…

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Favorites

Wikipedia says "Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the church of the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox church and Lutheran Church.  For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.…

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TWD: Baking With Julia: Croissants

From Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking With Julia, comes this recipe for that famous French pastry - croissants, even though France is not where croissants originated.  This week's recipe is actually two recipes.  First, the making of croissant dough.  Second, turning that dough into croissants.  The contributing baker for this recipe is Esther McManus.  Here is…

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Boca Negra

Today the Tuesdays With Dorie baking group has put together another fabulous Julia Child recipe for Boca Negra.   Boca Negra actually means black mouth. That black mouth allegedly comes from eating this intensely chocolate cake. I say allegedly since I haven't actually tasted this one yet! The recipe calls for twelve ounces of bittersweet chocolate…

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French Apple Tart

It Tuesdays With Dorie which means I have baked from Dorie Greenspan's book,  Baking With Julia.  I've never made a french apple tart and this week's recipe got my attention. Dorie writes, "This open-faced tart is beautiful ... beneath the gossamer blossom is what the French call a compote, a sweet, thick purée of oven-roasted…

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TWD: Finnish Pulla Braid & A Cookbook Giveaway!

It's Tuesdays With Dorie and this week we baked Finnish Pulla from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, Baking With Julia.  From Wikipedia:  Pulla (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈpulːɑ]) is a mildly-sweet Finnish sweet roll or dessert bread flavored with crushed cardamom seeds and occasionally raisins or sliced almonds.  Prior to last week if you asked me what I knew about…

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TWD: Best-Ever Brownies

Before you say "What? brownies the week of Thanksgiving and just before Christmas? How boring."  Oh, wait a minute, that is what I mumbled to myself as I began today's project. Boy was I wrong! Twice a month a group of 400+ bakers join together, bake the same recipe from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, Baking With…

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