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 →

A Little Announcement……

May 9, 2014
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My mom and dad thought it would never happen.  Most of our friends thought that it would never happen.  Even as recently as a few years ago, I’m not sure that Eric and I thought it would ever happen. Well, it is indeed happening.  Coming this October to the Las Vegas Hession household: a baby.. read more →

Crunchy Peanut Butter and Sun-Dried Strawberry Cookies

June 13, 2013
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One of the most common questions that I receive after telling someone the name of my blog is, “Oh, do you only do peanut butter recipes?” Makes perfect sense, right? So then I tend to go into this whole explanation starting way back in 2007, when I was still trying to figure out what a.. 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 →

Holiday Entertaining Series: Sweet and Savory Cocktail Cookies

November 1, 2011
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  At 5:30 a.m. yesterday morning, on my way to the kitchen to make granola, I pulled up to the Starbucks drive-though. “Good morning!  Welcome to Starbucks!  Can I interest you in one of our wonderful breakfast wraps?!!?” “Uh, no, thank you.  Just a venti-non-fat-extra-hot-latte, please.” “One ventinonfatextrahotlatte coming right up, Julie!  I’ll see you.. read more →

Back to the Blogging Board with Coconut Key-Lime Sugar Cookies

April 18, 2011
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“You’re hot then you’re cold.  You’re yes then you’re no.  You’re in then you’re out.  You’re up then you’re down.”  So far this year, the weather in Las Vegas has been like the above Katy Perry song: one contradiction after another and, at times, unwelcome and extremely annoying.  One day we’ll have 85 degree temps.. read more →

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches

March 21, 2010
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O.K., Mother Nature.  We get it.  You’re in charge, and you can change your mind whenever and as often as you like.  You’ve made your point to virtually all 50 states over the past few months, and we will never, ever take you for granted again.  Now, can’t we just have a nice and uneventful spring.. read more →

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

August 14, 2009
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Tomorrow is my birthday.  This year, instead of stepping aside and aging gracefully, I’ve decided that I am going to shake things up a bit and not turn 35.  I’ve already asked my mom for permission, and she said that this was O.K.  Actually, she said “Ask your father,” but years of being Ken and Sherry’s.. 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 →

Gingerbread Bathing Beauties

July 27, 2008
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I’ve been creating in the kitchen for as long as I can remember, with results ranging from disastrous to recipes that become part of my “secret” file.  When I was about 4-years-old, my mom used to give me scraps from her pie crusts to play around with, while she finished her strawberry and blueberry pies. .. read more →