Christmas Charm Cookies

I have tentatively named these cookies my Christmas Charm cookies.  The cookies’ small size, variety of shapes, and sparkly sprinkles remind me of the charms on a charm’s bracelet.  They’re fun, quirky, and delicate.  Squeeze a couple of these bright gems onto your tea saucer alongside a piping hot cup of peppermint tea, or pack…

Boho Easter Eggs

Bright colors with contrasting speckles and uneven stripes, these Easter eggs embody the artsy bohemian spirit.   These, expressive, eggs are also very easy to make, and each egg turns out uniquely and surprisingly different. Materials: a dozen Hardboiled Eggs (white egg will produce brighter colors then brown egg, but they are also more fragile)…

Raspberry Hearts

I could not resist creating one last heart shaped, chocolate treat for my valentines.  There is something about the combination of raspberries and chocolate that I just adore.  Something about the tartness of the raspberries and the bitter notes of the chocolate all wrapped up in a sweet morsel.  I can’t resist.  I ended up…

Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes

A weekend/Valentine breakfast treat, I made these decadent chocolate, chocolate chip pancakes into little heart shapes – a little festive fun, although, I do think that the more traditional, large, fluffy, round pancakes have a better texture then my lumpy hearts ❤  The recipe below can be used to make either forms of pancakes. Ingredients:…

Ugly Lime Cheesecake

My sister decided to host an ugly sweater party for her birthday, which happens to fall on Twelfth Night (the 12th day of Christmas, Epiphany, Dia de los Reys, etc.).  I feel a little funny posting a holiday blog several weeks after the holidays, but life got in the way, and I am just now…

Gingerbread Latte

Generally considered a holiday treat, I drink my homemade gingerbread lattes all year long.  Using a steam wand will give your latte a nice frothy foam, but I usually don’t mess with it.  I am in it for the taste and the caffeine, and both can be achieved without the high tech gadgets.  I even…

Decadent Fudge

I felt like I could not allow this holiday season to end without one final attempt at successful fudge.  So here you have it, my decadent fudge – decadent due to the heavy cream, cognac, raspberry extract, and pecans that make this particular fudge exceedingly special. For the record, this fudge turned out perfect –…

Cherry, Marzipan, and Poppy Seed Strucla

I made strucla, an Eastern European poppy seed roll, for my holiday bread this year.  I adapted this recipe from the one my Mom used to make which is found in The Vegetarian Epicurean.  My Mom would make the bread dough, with a little aid from her kitchen helpers (i.e. my brother, sister, and I),…