White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

December 12, 2014
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Gingerbread is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday flavor.  I love the combination of spices and rich, sweet molasses, which seems to become more intense a day or two after baking (if, in fact, whatever I have baked lasts that long.) It’s fun to come up with new uses for gingerbread, other than the standard.. read more →

Chocolate Orange Pecan Kugelhopf

November 30, 2012
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In my family, Christmas breakfast is just as important a meal as is Christmas dinner.  This could be because we aren’t usually done unwrapping our gifts until just before it’s time to eat dinner, so we rely on our morning meal to sustain us through the day (along with a healthy dose of snacking on.. read more →

Gingerbread Pear Pocket Pies

November 15, 2012
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One of the cardinal rules of food blogging (or any blogging, for that matter) is: Never start a post telling your readers, “I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been very busy.” Well, I don’t know who had the authority to create this blogosphere no-no, but whoever you are, guess what?.. read more →

Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Lemon-Glazed Almond, Anise, and Cranberry Biscotti

December 29, 2011
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I’ve been baking Christmas cookies for as long as I can remember.  I give you Exhibit A:       Groovy shirt, huh?  Too bad I’m sitting, so you can’t take in the whole outfit.  It had matching pants, and I also owned the whole look in brown.  My hair seems to have some sort.. read more →

Sparkly White Wine Cookies

December 23, 2011
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These are the cookies mentioned in my previous post, which were part of my dessert table at the Sterling Ultimate Host competition.  Because they are nice and dense, they are the cookies that I was least worried about breaking into pieces as I traveled from Las Vegas to New York . The texture of these.. read more →

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Macarons

December 9, 2011
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“What are you making?” Eric says with mild interest as he wanders into the kitchen in search of Fritos, his current snack obsession. “Macarons.” “Oh, I love macaroons.” “No, not macaroons. Macarons.” Blank stare. Silence. Resumes search for Fritos. I then go on to explain that the beloved macaroons to which he referred (I love.. read more →

Pumpkin Gingerbread Doughnuts

November 18, 2011
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Much like my dad, I have a weakness for doughnuts.  Unlike my dad, I cannot eat as many doughnuts as I want without turning into a doughnut.  If you inherit the weakness, then it should be a given that you also inherit the metabolism, right?  *Sigh*  So unfair.     My dad is particular to.. read more →

Spiced Sweet Potato Ice Cream Pie

November 3, 2010
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I’ve said it once.  Actually, I’ve probably said it about 1000 times, but that’s not going to stop me from saying it again:  I love sweet potatoes. I’ve never been a huge fan of white potatoes themselves.  I know;  that’s very un-American.  Baked potatoes don’t thrill me, and I’m rarely tempted by french fries.  Luckily,.. read more →

English Spice Cake with Cinnamon Rum Raisin Ice Cream

November 24, 2009
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Oh, Oprah!  You can’t leave us.  You mustn’t!  We’re not ready to go on without you and your show.  Who will tell us what to read?  Who will give every member of their unsuspecting audience a “BRAND NEW CAR”?  Whose couch will Tom Cruise turn into his personal trampoline?  Most important of all, who will.. read more →

White Chocolate Walnut Gingerbread Blondies

November 7, 2008
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There are certain fine dining establishments, The French Laundry and Guy Savoy for example, at which having dinner is not simply a meal, but more like a marathon.  To qualify for “the race,” you must first score a reservation.  This is almost an impossible first step, usually involving secret reservation phone numbers, a friend of.. read more →