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…

Lemon Lavender Shortbread

There is something about lemon and lavender that works really well together.  The tanginess of the lemon cuts in nicely with the floral flavors of the lavender smoothing them out to a subtly pleasant flavor that pairs rather well with the butteriness of the shortbread.  I also happened to have several sprigs of fresh lavender…

Baba Ghanoush

For the longest time I thought that Baba Ghanoush was bland, drab eggplant mush with the consistency of baby food, but last summer I encountered a stupendous rendition of the dish that made me rethink everything I had ever known about baba ghanoush.  It is that baba ghanoush that I have been striving to recreate…

Fresh Thyme Egg Salad

Egg salad – where all good Easter eggs come to their deliciously grizzly end. Ingredients: 6 Hardboiled Eggs 2 tbsp Mayonnaise 1 tbsp fresh Thyme squeeze of Lemon Juice dash of Salt Fresh thyme adds a delicate complexity to this familiar dish. Directions: Peel and dice up your eggs. Place your eggs in a bowl,…

Lemon Ginger Miniture Biscotti

I tried out a new biscotti recipe that incorporated spelt flour alongside the usual white flour.  I would have never attempted this flour combination for biscotti, if I hadn’t come across this other recipe from a supposedly reputable source, due to the hard consistency of regular biscotti.  As it was, I should have trusted my…

Lemon Curd

I made a batch of lemon curd last week to pipe into my gingerbread cupcakes.  The rich, velvety taste of lemon curd is great in all kinds of treats, including, but not limited to, spread over scones, waffles, or pancakes, layered into a cold fruit tart, sandwiched between layers of sponge cake, or even being…

Red Current Curd

I found some bright red currents at the grocery this past week, and I could not resist bring some home.  Then came the process of figuring out what to do with them.  I hit my jelly quota with the rose hip jelly I made earlier in the month, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the black…

Hummus

Homemade hummus is easy to make and gives you some control over the seasoning of your hummus and which ingredients you choose to add to it.  A lot of store-bought hummus has unnecessary oils and preservatives in it to provide for the creamy texture and a longer shelve life. I get my creamy texture by…