White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

  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 cut-out cookies and, well, gingerbread itself.  Over the years,

Gingerbread Pear Pocket Pies

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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?     1. I have been busy. 2. I am

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Macarons

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Macarons

“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 them too, for the record) are the super-sweet, super-moist mounded

Pumpkin Gingerbread Doughnuts

Pumpkin Gingerbread Doughnuts

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 those cinnamon-sugar coated apple cider doughnuts found at the farm

White Chocolate Walnut Gingerbread Blondies

White Chocolate Walnut Gingerbread Blondies

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 a friend of a friend, or promising your first born

Gingerbread Bathing Beauties

Gingerbread Bathing Beauties

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.  I sprinkled cinnamon sugar on the surface, rolled it up,