Holiday Cookie Gift Jar

This time of the year is when the ovens turn on and the cookie sheets come out. Even with the worst bah hum bug fever, cookies make everyone  feel a little more chipper. Especially, when you can smell the sweet buttery cookies as you walk the door. This is a present I’ve received from my co-worker and one I’ve given often. My mini me loves to make cookies, so I know it’s a gift other moms appreciate. Though titled holiday cookie gift jar, I love this gift idea because there are several others treats (both savory and sweet) you can fit in a quart sized mason jar.

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Brigadeiros: Brazil’s Traditional Chocolate Sweet

Ever read a recipe and get really excited about it? Well that’s how I felt when I  saw the brigadeiro recipe in Food 52’s article “Cookies from around the World”. I was amped to take on the challenge of making this traditional Brazilian dessert. First, who doesn’t think “Woo Hoo” chocolate? Second, global dishes, that is kind of my thing. Third, making treats as gifts is something the family loves to do.

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Bourbon Pecan Pie

It’s that time of year when people begin asking “what are you making for Thanksgiving?” “What type of pie are you having?” Pumpkin? Sweet potato? Well my friend threw out pecan pie. Huh. Well, that’s a new one for me. I’ve always stayed away from pecan pie because it’s always been too sweet for me. Of course, when we takes trips to the southern United States it doesn’t keep me from ordering it jus to see how it tastes.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

What do you bring to a Thanksgiving brunch? Sweet potato pancakes. I’ve been mulling over this idea of Thanksgiving Brunch ever since we had brunch at my friends house the other weekend. The holidays can be a stressful time especially when there are so many family and friends to see. I remember when my husband and I were back and forth on the highway from afternoon until midnight trying to see all of our family during the holidays.

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Flan

Sweet caramel, deliciousness. That’s what I think of when I think of flan. I have no idea when I 1st had flan but what I do know is that I like it so much I’ll eat anyone’s flan. Yes, even the over processed version of this custard that comes in plastic cup. I’ll admit it, it’s one of my weaknesses. The nerd in me wondered, how is this a Latin American dish? Custard makes me think of Europe. And what do you know? Flan is from Europe. Originally Rome, then eventually it made its way to Spain (with some alterations). The European version is more savory dish where as the Latin American version is sweet and filled with local flavors like coffee. It’s the Spanish version I like because this version is topped with caramel. Yum. Continue reading “Flan”

Decadent Coffee Creme Brûlée

Has there ever been a dish that you loved but you just didn’t believe you could make it yourself? Creme brûlée was that dish for me. There are some tips and tricks to get this done. Come make some Decadent Coffee Creme Brûlée with me. You won’t be sorry. Continue reading “Decadent Coffee Creme Brûlée”

Lemon Palmiers

It’s sumer and I’ve had my eye on a delicious pastry, a palmier. It’s a French pastry that can be adapted to either sweet or savory flavors. Not the typical sweet comfort I look for, but in the summer you don’t always want something super sweet. It was probably best since I decided to make them with my little and he really doesn’t need anything really sweet ever (energy for days). Although theses will be a little sweet, some of the sweetness with be cut by the lemon I’ll add. Lemon palmiers here we  come.

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Nutella Belgian Waffles

Waffles… Who doesn’t like a good waffle. Though most of the dishes on this blog are the foods that comfort me and make me happy. This one is for my little. Whether waffles or pancakes, mini me is a fan of carbs and fruit in the morning. I asked him why he likes waffles so much?  He said because it’s yummy. Well duh!! What’s wrong with me. So thank goodness for those wonderful people from Sweden who created this dish, so that we could have this type of “yummy.”

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Crêpes with Nutella Cannoli Filling

We recently got a crêpe place in the mall. I’ve loved crêpes ever since my weekend in Canada in college. Of course, I was excited but it soon wore off. One long weekend the International Club planned a trip up to Quebec and I think I had a crêpe at every place that would sell it to me. I’ve eaten more crepes in Quebec in three days than I have in the United States over the course of a few decades. Of course, these crêpes with Nutella and cannoli filling are my favorite so far.

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Cranberry Topped Cinnamon Muffins

Now that the kids are back to school these cranberry topped cinnamon muffins make the morning routine a lot easier. Filled with fruit and very filling. These muffins help me get out the door quickly because breakfast is already done.

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