Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream

This has been an exciting week for me! I am so happy to let you know that I am going to write a second cookbook!  It will be another book about pies, because you can’t have too much pie I suppose, but this book will be different than the last in that it will focus on gourmet ingredients and high-end flavors.  I have a pretty tight deadline for this one but I am confident I can get it all written in time.  To celebrate I decided...

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Double Dark Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cookies

The last few days have been a roller coaster ride for me. The biggest positive of the week … Everything Pie is written!!  Going in I knew writing a book would be a challenge, but it was more difficult than I expected.  The rewards of this experience are numerous, but the biggest lessons I take away from it are that I am more dedicated, disciplined, and creative than I ever thought.   The big news now is that the publisher has...

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

When I have a bad, or stressful day, or when I have an especially good day, I like to treat myself. In the case of this recipe I was having a bad day.  It was the last day of a rather bad week, actually and I was in need of something really evil to sooth my nerves.  This recipe was inspired by a brownie that I saw in a coffee shop a few months ago.  It was a walnut brownie with a walnut chocolate chip cookie baked in the center and it...

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Let’s just get this out of the way.  I need cookies. Something about a cookie just makes me feel, when the stress of the season threatens to be my undoing, that everything will be ok, nothing is that bad, and I can cope.  My flavor of the moment is chocolate and peanut butter.  It is really, really working for me, so I took those flavors and made chewy, moist, deeply chocolate cookies studded with peanut buttery chips.   They...

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Spiced Dark Chocolate Soufflé

I love things that look difficult but are in fact quite easy. Soufflé is one of those desserts that people assume is terribly difficult to make.  I think it goes back to cartoons and movies where someone is making a soufflé that comes out tall and perfect only to have it collapse in spectacular fashion.  When I was in culinary school I dreaded soufflé day, knowing that they were so terribly hard to make.  I quickly discovered the...

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