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Happy New Year

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Maple Syrup-Roasted Tomatoes for NYE

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Appetizers ~ Canapes ~ Tapas ~ Dim sum ~ Hors d'oeuvres…
"...many of the great cuisines of the world -- Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Spanish, French and Italian, just for starters -- have long recognized that dawdling over small servings of many different dishes, sharing tidbits and discoveries, not only stretches out a pleasant social evening but bonds friends together in a very emotional way. In fact, the very word "companion" comes from the Latin com panis, or "with bread," meaning the person you share meals with -- friendship defined by dining...The most familiar versions are Middle Eastern mezze and their Spanish derivatives tapas; Chinese dim sum (meaning, sweetly, "touch the heart"); French canapes and hors d'oeuvres (themselves derived from the Russian zakuski); and Italian antipasti. In Vietnam, such drinking dishes are called "do nhau" -- literally, "little bites," and sounding not unlike "doughnut.&quo…

Merry Christmas to you...

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May the lovely spirit of Christmas bringyou lots of  peace, joy and happiness.


May it bless you all through the year.


Here's wishing you all a Wonderful Christmas!




Chewy Ginger Cookies

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My Christmas cookie baking is done for the year!  These ginger cookies have an old-fashioned allure ~ cookies like Grandma used to bake.


Fresh ginger takes baking to a whole new level.  It’s sweet, yet pungent.  And for full-out ginger flavor, these cookies not only have fresh ginger, but also ground ginger and chopped crystallized ginger also. 





Adding crystallized ginger, gives them a stronger ginger flavor, along with a more chewy texture. The sweet and rich, amber-colored light molasses imparts a buttery flavor, with a smack of bitterness. Then they’re finished with a little crunch from the coarse sugar they were rolled in.




















Key Lime Coins

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Mom always said, anything lime-flavored, was like disinfectant to her. I say, I adore anything lime.



Needless to say, lime was a rarity in our house, when I was growing up.  Way back when, you could purchase lime Life Savers by the roll ~ pure bliss, and I enjoyed my share of them.
Then, when I had my very own kitchen, I made up for lost time with limes ~ lime in lemonade, salad dressings, marinades, cakes, stir-fries, drizzled over seafood, Key Lime Pie and Gin Rickey’s.  Now, I hear that to get rid of a headache, rub half of a lime over your forehead.  I just might, the next time I have one.  And then, there are these…



Delicious Key Lime Coins, a dainty little cookie.  Not too sweet, and just a little zesty.  With their perfect balance of sweet and tart, they will melt in your mouth.  They have a light, crisp taste and a crunchy texture, while a little dusting of confectioner’s sugar is the finishing touch.
They’re a scrumptious way to enjoy that great lime flavor, just ask Bill!




Key Li…

Cinnamon Pinwheels

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Now don’t you be looking at pictures of pinwheel cookies over the Internet, because they will make mine look bush-league!




My pinwheels look like I’ve never made them before, and that’s because, I haven’t.  But boy, are they good!  They became a bit squished in the making, and I couldn’t control them, and then squished again in the refrigerator.  That won’t stop me from making them again though ~ I’m intrigued and want to master the technique now.
These cinnamon pinwheels are lightly spiced with cinnamon and are a thin, crunchy cookie, close to shortbread.  Next time, I’ll go for the ½-teaspoon cinnamon extract.  I like the swirly effect and red coloring ~ even if they do look a bit psychedelic to me…





Cinnamon Pinwheels
Ingredients:
2 cups flour, plus more for dusting ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1½ sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, room temperature 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼-½ teaspoon cinnamon extract (optional) 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder …

Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Sometimes I fancy chewing my liquor, instead of nipping it…
And this is the cookie that meets that criterion!



This cookie has great flavors ~ Bailey’s Irish Cream ~ coconut and chocolate.  They taste like Bailey’s and even smell like it.  Due to the cake flour, they have a light texture.  This is definitely a grown-up cookie, with a slight hint of whiskey making them appealing. 



Note the large amount of cookies this recipe makes.  They go fast; therefore, I make 6 dozen at a time ~ halve it, if that suits you better.  I like pecans in cookies, but some family members do not, so I omit them in this recipe. If you like them, add 1 cup of chopped pecans.
These irresistible cookies are a bit boozy, a bit sweet, and a whole lot tender ~ a perfect Christmas treat for your family and friends too!


Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
1 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar

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When you feel like eating boiled eggs,

if you have some truffles in the house,

put them in a basket

with the eggs

and the next day you will have the

best boiled eggs you have ever tasted in your gastronomic life.

--- M.Des Ombiaux



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