Feb26

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Scones

I might have been thinking of cookies when I made these scones. I was craving chocolate chip cookies the other day when a picture of some cream scones caught my eye. Why couldn’t I take the best flavors of a chocolate chip cookie and combine them with some scones? So, I did just that! I used brown sugar in the dough and added a full cup of chocolate chips. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla. The results are spectacular! These...

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Feb24

Orange Almond Chocolate Cookies

This cookie is not what I set out to make.    This was supposed to be a simple almond cookie.  I was craving almond cookies last week and decided to come up with a recipe that incorporated ground almonds into the cookie for some texture.  Things went astray when I saw a lonely orange sitting on my counter.   It only went further off track when I remembered I had a bag of chocolate disks from New York in my pantry.   These cookies are...

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Feb22

Sweet and Sour Chicken

 Sometimes it is all about the sauce.   The best part of this meal is really the sauce.  It is the right combination of tangy and sweet, unlike the neon red sauces served by most Chinese carry-out places. Not to say my mixture of chicken and vegetables in this dish are not fantastic, because they are, but it is the sauce that makes this dish such a superstar.     Aside from being really good, it is really easy and fairly quick to put...

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Feb17

Black and White Cream Pie

Ready for some new shenanigans?  How about we start with pie?    When I first started cooking I used to make something called “Oreo Pie”.  It was made with an Oreo crust, chocolate and vanilla instant pudding, and whipped topping.  It was easy, it tasted pretty good, and when sliced it looked fairly impressive.  That pie was my beginner attempt at recipe creation and it was always popular.   Now, many years later, I make...

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Feb15

Evil Shenanigans in NYC … Part 2

When we left off last time I had just checked into the Hotel Ganesvoort and had gotten some pretty sweet swag thanks to Electrolux!  We rejoin the story the day after the Super Bowl win of the Saints, a fantastic meal at The Fatty Crab, and a very relaxing massage at the hotel spa. The evening before the cake event was a welcome reception at The Spotted Pig, a gastro pub run by Chef April Bloomfield. The reception was held in what...

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