Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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cc1I have a problem. If it were up to me, I’d eat chocolate chip cookies every day, all day, no question. We all have our weaknesses, and I’m not ashamed that cookies are mine. These were made quite a while back and I kept meaning to post them!

Chocolate chip cookies are the classic Grandma dessert that every family seems to have recycled for years and years. Sometimes they really do date back to my ‘great great Grandma used to make these’ to the best kept secret recipe being torn out of local newspaper, revealing itself to be just as delicious twenty years later.

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Lotti & Doof’s Cranberry Torte

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ct5Still searching for a savory winter dessert? Now, this is called a torte, but when I think torte, layers come to mind…filling, buttercream, jams, whipped toppings, and glazes! You get it right? But, we’ll stick to what they call it. To me, this pretty dessert would fit in perfectly during English high tea….well to a tee. It should be eaten with dessert forks on pretty plates embossed with pink flowers with a cloth napkin placed delicately on your lap.

ct6The beauty of this is that it’s spectacularly easy to make while satisfying that sweet tooth of yours. I’ve really grown to love fruity desserts. This is perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea. Want it sweeter? Sprinkle some more sugar on top and warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds..you can thank me later.
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Soft Ginger Cookies

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cookie6Ginger is a spice undeniably suited for the cold, frigid months of the year. It provides a cozy feeling when being baked that can easily lure one into the kitchen, taunting you with aromatic nostalgia of a simpler time of bicycle races with the neighborhood kids and afternoon cartoons.

cookie5This cookie is hearty and should be a celebrated figurehead of the holiday season. It could easily pass for molasses cookies, but the best part is that it only contains 1/4 cup and not half or *gulp* even a whole bottle of that heart stopping delicious stuff!
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Date Moons

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dm1One of the best parts of Christmas is the goodies! All the confectionery, multi-colored, seasonal delights that are shared in carefully wrapped tins and jars of all shapes and sizes are part of what makes this a time to look forward to! I love classic fudge, sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, pies and cakes. But, let’s dial the sugar back a notch and put the spotlight on a recipe that is just as good for breakfast as it is for dessert!

dm4I discovered these date moons last year as part of my quest for a final addition to an array of holiday goodies. Unbeknownst to me, these became the hit! Before I knew it, these were the first item gone from my Santa themed tin cans that were so merrily passed around!
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple Slices

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bs1Brussels sprouts still manage to be one of the most polarizing vegetables amongst kids and adults. I agree that they were not always my favorite. Now whether that was because I genuinely didn’t like them or was influenced by the smattering of ‘ewwwwws’ at the lunch and dinner tables is still to be determined.

bs2However, these brussels sprouts do make the grade! Not only does the sliced apple and bacon give more umph! to this typically blase veg, it adds a fantastic crunch to the mix. It will spread a wonderful aroma in your kitchen, leaving your guests begging for more brussels sprouts….now how often do you hear that?!
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Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie

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cpp7 It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is nearly upon us! Millions upon millions of kitchens across America are thawing out turkeys that could feed small armies and checking off last-minute-to-do’s off lists tacked to their refrigerator door.

cpp10Everyone seems to have their ‘must haves’. The crazy uncle who must have the canned cranberry sauce that leaves the cylindrical ring indentations that no one seems to like but him, dressing recipes that will get chewed ten times over before deciding on the must have one begging the question– To stuff the turkey or not to stuff? But one of the most beloved and anticipated parts of Thanksgiving are the desserts, more precisely– the pies!

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Vegetable Fried Rice

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vff2Just when I thought I was back on track with my posts, I fell behind once again after I spontaneously decided to rescue a dog. Of course you tell yourself you’re just going to look, but you know that’s not really the truth! I found her in a sea of dozens and dozens of other dogs, vying for the attention and love of yet another potential caregiver.

Luckily, she isn’t a puppy, so I’m not having to clean up messes in my house or deal with 2am crying sessions. Parents have told me puppies are worse than human babies, so that reinforced the notion to me to never get a puppy.

s5With that, as soon as I return home from work, Sadie is booming  with enthusiasm that I came home, yelping and dancing her little circle dance while I try to calm her down enough to get her harness and leash on.

s6Once we return, I’m tired, cold, hungry! As much as I love making new creations in the kitchen, my need for making quick meals has once again won the battle. After all, I am a single mother now. This time, a very simple take on vegetable fried rice from Rachael Ray found it’s way into my catalog. Quick, easy, tasty, and semi-healthy even! Continue reading

White Chicken Chili

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wcc11This is my new favorite chili! I served this for my guests at my housewarming and it was a big hit! It’s a nice departure from the tomato based chili and was the perfect main dish for a chilly October night. What’s more- It took less than an hour to make!

wcc12I haven’t had many white chicken chili’s, so it’s hard for me to say what it is about this recipe that is better. But I can tell you that people loved the lime juice flavor coming through and commented on just how tender the chicken was. Rotisserie chicken is the way to go, but boiling a chicken and using the broth from that pot would be equally awesome!
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Mulled Cranberry Sipper

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drink4I hate that I have been flighty with my posts. Between party planning,   housewarmings, and fierce feng shui strategies in my humble abode, I have been busy, or at least felt that way. But in the course of my wannabe Million Dollar Listing staging, I did find time to make some great fall-ish meals and drinks to boot!

Finally, summer has relinquished it’s tyrannical throne and fall has emerged it’s lovely, beautiful head of golden leafed hair. With that, comes meatier dishes with heavy sauces, stews, caramelized apple anything, and drinks that waft with cinnamon fruity deliciousness.
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From Daisy’s World~Orange Buttermilk Pancakes with Blackberry Maple Syrup

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op2I’ve never had great luck with pancakes. They were either not fluffy enough, more done on one side, or just devoid of flavor. This time, however, I have ended that bad streak of luck with this recipe. It hails from the visually amazing and always appetizing blog, Daisy’s World. These flavor pancakes were a great weekend brunch item full of fruity pizzazz and a memorable note to wrap up summer.

op5I followed the recipe exactly and had no problems with the batter whatsoever. The orange zest and fresh juice squeezed provided happy notes dancing off my tongue to urge me back for seconds!
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