Category Archives: Snacks

Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Dried Cherries

Thursday, 12 April 2018

This recipe is my dear neighbor Lisa Zimble’s favorite. She likes it so much that she has declared a ‘cookie war’ to challenge this recipe as the best cookie recipe ever. I’m totally not a fan of white chocolate. But I have to say that I like this recipe and the white chocolate chips are not offensive. However. . .. Lisa, I can’t say that I think it’s the best cookie recipe ever. I still think that the chocolate chunk shortbread from last week reigns. . .. I’m counting on David Paris to concur but we shall see. Anyone else got one? Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Dried Cherries (- Melissa Clark NYT) Preheat oven to 350° Ingredients: 8 ounces (227 grams) bittersweet chocolate 60-70%...

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

Friday, 16 March 2018

The hunt for the perfect, crispy, delicious wafer cookie continues. I can’t say this cookie is a wafer but it’s certainly crisp and delicious. Also, it has chocolate. I’d say Bingo! on this one, and the consensus around the house was 100% excellent cookie. I will say no more other than this is a Must Try. Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies (-NYT) Ingredients: 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp salted butter, cold, cut into ½-inch pieces ½ cup (101 grams) granulated sugar ¼ cup (55 grams) light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 ½ cups (326 grams) all-purpose flour 6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped, not too fine, you want chunks, not shards 1 egg, beaten demerara sugar for...

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Butter Wafers

Friday, 16 March 2018

I returned from two weeks in Cambodia (Phnom Penh) and Myanmar with an obsession for thin crispy wafer cookies. I know that sounds odd – even to me. It would make more sense if I returned with an obsession for Shan Noodles or Green Papaya salad – two things that I really loved eating in Mayanmar but it was the thin, crispy, wafer cookies (often green – matcha?) that really got me and I have been working on perfecting them since my return. I travelled to Phnom Penh and then to Yangon with Marianne Kooimans of Koko fame (kokovenice.com). Marianne has fabric cutters and sewers and shoe makers and weavers in Phnom Penh where she has a loft/studio; she buys fabrics, jewelry and antiquities in Yangon; and zippers in Bangkok (where...

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Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Friday, 16 March 2018

The search for the perfect crispy wafer cookie continues. My first effort (previously posted) was for a butter wafer – light, not sweet, mostly crispy. Since I am particularly fascinated by the green crispy wafer cookies (green from the Matcha), today I embarked on recipe review and experimentation. The first batch was interesting but I thought a little bitter from the Tablespoon plus of matcha. I did a couple variations and sprinkled sugar on the surface and on some when I rolled out the dough I pressed in some cocoa nibs. Those were pretty tasty. My second batch was a matcha shortbread cookie. Not the crispy wafer I was looking for but green. And the photo attached to the recipe was pretty wafer-ish looking. These cookies...

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Rosemary Shortbread

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Theresa Karanik and I embarked on a Christmas cookie adventure. Shortbread. Theresa made Rosemary shortbread last year and gave it for gifts in pretty cellophane bags tied with a ribbon. This year I was invited to participate. Oh joy! We made seven batches some Rosemary with fleur de sel and some lemon with fleur de sel. The shortbread is now being packed up as gifts in pretty cellophane bags – just like the one I got from Theresa last year as a gift. Theresa is one of my favorite people. She is super smart and so funny and always a good friend even when she’s not in the mood. She is a dedicated and devoted therapist. She works at Home Boy Industries with Father Greg Boyle and if you don’t know what that is and who...

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Sourcream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Today is the other Alex’s birthday. She’s out celebrating with friends and when Alex (my Alex) went down to join up with them, I had him take some cupcakes that I made for her. The recipe for the cupcakes is as old to me as Alex is (my Alex). . .. This is how I came to love these cupcakes oh so long ago. . .. Just before Alex was born my sister and her then boyfriend opened up a little restaurant on 4th Street in Santa Monica just South of Wilshire. It was called Positively 4th Street. The food was delicious and since this was at a time in my life when my metabolism was a little faster, I was able to eat a whole bunch and still be thin. The place had the most perfect cupcakes and I could walk there from my apartment on...

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The Gourmandise School Best Cookies Ever

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sue is my sometimes cooking buddy. We’ve had some adventures together that’s for sure. This past month we took a cooking class at the Gourmandise School of sweets and savories in Santa Monica. It’s a really sweet cooking school. The classes are fun and the recipes are good and you don’t have to clean up after yourself. Makes me happy. The class that we took together was an all day seminar on cooking with whole grains. I was particularly interested because I’m a little tired of organic unbleached white flour and I find myself looking for recipes that call for other types of flours – grainier substances like cornmeal, buckwheat, like that. It was a good conference and I learned a lot. Sue and I ended up sharing...

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Cherry Hand Pies

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

My Dad loves pies. I have vivid memories of going to Dupars in the Valley with my Dad when I was a little kid and ordering pie with him. He has hysterical stories that he tells about his interactions with the Dupar’s waitresses who I remember would wear uniforms with aprons. My dad is a charmer and I’m sure the old gals all loved him. I grew up thinking that my father’s favorite pies were banana cream pie and chocolate cream pie. Although it’s true that he loves those, his deepest pie dream is Cherry pie. I did not learn this until two months ago. Since then I have been working to perfect my crust and pie making ability. My Father is now 88-years old – not bad for a guy who has been smoking Marlborogh cigarettes for...

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Classic Pumpkin Pie

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

My grandmother used to make a delicious pumpkin chiffon pie. I started making it when I started making Thanksgiving but it was never quite as good my grandma's pie.  Also, it is a pie that takes a long time to make and gelatin is involved which, as a vegetarian is kind of a no-no as gelatin comes from critters.  I have tried several pumpkin pie recipes over the years looking for a good one that does not involve gelatin and that’s a bit easier than my Grandma’s.  Until now, I have had little success with the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. I am now a self-proclaimed pumpkin pie wizard.  Here's my secret - do not use fresh pumpkin.  In the past, I would buy a sugar pumpkin and roast it and mash it, and use it for the pie but the thing...

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Apple Pie

Monday, 05 December 2016

It is Thanksgiving 2016. Even in this insane year there is much to be thankful for. Keeping it simple, let’s be thankful that Ellen discovered this Crunch-top Apple Pie who knows how many years ago. She usually insists on making it. Then she insists on serving it, and sometimes she even insists on deciding which guest gets to eat it (Susan…. remember that Thanksgiving?). This year we had a talk and she agreed that I could give it a go on my own. Here’s a photo of the Sunset cookbook with the recipe (on short-term loan to me), my gorgeous new rolling pin (works like a dream), and the PIE (not as pretty as Ellen Neiman’s but then it only took me 40 minutes start to finish and dollars to donuts it tastes the same as...

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