Apricot Chocolate Almond Cookies Recipe


The other day, I was in line at Trader Joe's.I had finished my shopping.And then I saw them:  a bag of bright, pretty, plump, soft, dried apricots.The bag was not in its usual spot, in the aisle with the nuts and other dried fruits.They were up front, right next to me in line.  And they were totally … [Read more...]

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free}


I have a little secret for you.  Are you on the edge of your seat?  Well, I wish I could tell you it's a juicy secret.Remember my husband's birthday party last weekend?  The "featured" dessert was a plate of Spicy Mayan Chocolate Truffles to go with the Mexican Food Fest theme.  They were delicious, interesting, … [Read more...]

Dessert Party: Fresh Fruit Tartlettes

July19-Dessert Party-Fruit Tartlets

A bite of fresh fruit with Vanilla Bean Custard is the perfect finale for our dessert party!  These tartlettes are beautiful and sweet, light and refreshing!There are a few "rules" to remember when making perfect fruit tarts . . . so I learned many moons ago while apprenticing at a fine French bakery.  I was taught … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe


This four-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe comes courtesy my friend Aimée.  She gave it to me when we were very young kids.  Kinda cute, I think.My mom has been making this recipe practically weekly ever since.  No exaggeration!  She recalls that Aimée said it was a recipe from the Sesame Street show.  Aimée … [Read more...]

Granola Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


It's big. It's granola. It's chocolatey. It's a cookie.And . . . it was actually my breakfast! There's just something about this big, nutty-granola-ey, crispy, chewy treat that makes it seem okay to eat it for breakfast.  Now don't get me wrong: I'm not proposing we have dessert for breakfast -- not all the time … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Brownie Recipe


You didn't think I'd leave my gluten-free son out of the brownie extravaganza we've been having over here, did you? Oh no, no, I wouldn't do that!  Gluten-free or not, I promise  that you will love these and -- most importantly -- you won't feel that you're missing anything.  The all-purpose flour, for … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Pink Roses and Brownies


Pink roses have been peeking through my bedroom window all week. The beautiful hues and the big fluffy petals have been making me think of chocolate.  I know . . . that might not make sense immediately.Could it be because the petals remind me of cotton candy, bringing my mind to sweets?  Or maybe it's because pink … [Read more...]