Nut-Free Anise Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Anise Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Bringing a new life into your family is cause for celebration. It changes your life, expands your world, and deepens the relationship with your spouse in ways you didn't expect. For me and my husband, it's been a new puppy. Rika is 6 months old now and she's brought so much sunshine, walks, ball throwing, and squeaking toy noises into our lives already. And although she's not human, there are still many decisions and challenges in keeping a puppy safe, and raising a her to become a dog that will ...

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Chocolate and Pretzel Bark with Sea Salt

chocolate bark with pretzels and sea salt

It started with a deceptively innocent outing. A close friend, Ina, and I decided to go for a hike in the Headlands, and stopped at a local grocery store for the sustenance we were certain we'd need, what with all the exercise we were planning on the white board in our minds. We bought some very small vegetarian hero sandwiches, some tabouli, hummus, pita shards, and a bunch of grapes. So far, so good. And then we saw them. Colorful packages of Bark Thins swinging on hooks near the cash ...

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Rugelach – Your New Go-To Holiday Cookie

Tips on making pumpkin rugelach holiday cookies with raspberry jam, coconut, chocolate, currants, and orange zest. Includes recipe for quickie raspberry jam with chocolate liqueur.

People, rugelach needs to be in your entertaining tool pack. They can sleep away, quietly tucked into the freezer, ready at a moments notice. At the last minute, you flick on the oven, whip out a baking sheet, and slice up a few frozen rolls of dough filled with jam, chocolate shards, coconut shreds, orange zest, and nuts, and you are ready to rock and roll. Your friends will be wowed that you were organized and talented enough to make such a high-end, gorgeous treat plus whatever amazing meal ...

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Wine-Poached Spiced Pear Strudel with Chocolate

Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries.

Secret Recipe Club: Wine-poached and spiced pear strudel with pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries. This might be my new(est) favorite dessert. Yes, I know I always say that. But I really mean it. It's perfect when you want something fairly quick that looks like you went to a LOT of trouble. And I'm thinking it's pretty healthy, as far as desserts go. The star of the show is the spiced pears, with a strong supporting cast from the chocolate shavings ...

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Chocolatey Chocolate Brownies

chocolate brownies

Decadently rich brownies from Alice Medrich with a little warming spice. I know. You're totally done with dessert. Chocolate is history. Sugar is packed away. You're actually craving some winter kale sautéed in miso with raisins. But, I've got this fantastic little recipe, actually one of Alice Medrich's of chocolate fame, that you can just tuck away until, say, Valentine's Day. I didn't change it much, ...

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Peanut Butter – Chocolate Kiss Cookies

chocolate kiss cookies with peanut butter

Little chocolate drop cookies that sings CHOCOLATE - with peanut butter mixed in for the kid in all of us. First of all, I want to acknowledge I will never be hired for my piping skills. I've tried, but I lack the required patience. I carefully pipe a couple good ones, meaning exactly two, and breezy over-confidence takes over. The next one is invariably smaller than the first two. I correct this with the fourth, which is typically the biggest, for overcompensation, I guess. And number ...

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Chocolate Coconut Truffles & Jam: #SundaySupper

decadent chocolate coconut creamy truffles with strawberry jam

Decadent chocolate truffles with super creamy centers of chocolate-coconut-strawberry jam ganache. It's time for another SundaySupper and it's all about Valentine's Day. I went traditional with chocolate, how could I not? And I settled on truffles. It's been way too long since I've made them. Truffles are show-stoppers. Decadent, hard chocolate shells protecting luxuriant, silky centers. When I was in school, I was lucky enough to attend a ...

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Healthy No-Cook Fudge with Peanut Butter

No Bake (Healthy) Fudge : the Wimpy Vegetarian

Luscious no-cook fudge with coconut oil and peanut butter that sets up in the refrigerator. Gluten-free! As I write this, I’m sitting in the departure lounge of the International terminal in San Francisco, bound for a month in the Italian sun.  You might be thinking, “Wow, she’s that organized that she can do a blog posting at the terminal gate?” I am not. I should have done this no later than yesterday in the comfort of my home where my computer has already made friends with the wireless ...

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Mexican Chocolate Sorbet

cinnamon cardamom chocolate sorbet

Deep, rich chocolate sorbet warmed by cinnamon and cardamom - like a frozen Mexican hot chocolate. For a long time, for me, sorbets conjured up images of formal, multi-course dinners served by uniformed staff. Tiny, fine china bowls of frozen citrusy goodness presented between courses as a palate cleanser, and then efficiently whisked away by footmen. Or was it the butler? No matter. The point is, sorbets ...

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Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Fabulous oatmeal and peanut butter cookies loaded with chocolate chips from my step-daughter, Robin. Cookie Love Bloghop If November is the month for thinking about baking pumpkin pie, then December is all about making cookies. So, I was really excited when I was invited to co-host this month's Cookie Love Bloghop. All though December, a group of us food bloggers posting from all around the world are linking ...

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