Black and White Cookies

The first black and white cookie I ever bit into was soggy. Wet with eleven-year-old tears on a thirty minute drive into Boston for what would be my first singing lesson at the New England Conservatory of music. A lesson that I was terrified to take part in. Between death grips of the dashboard and…

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German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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Well… it began with those toasted  pecans. And then an innocent bubbling of ooey gooey caramel sauce. And really, we could have stopped there. Called it a day. But then there was silky dark chocolate. And I sighed, deeply. Deeply. And then there were flakes of coconut. And again, we could have been just peachy…

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Cookie Talk with Alice Medrich

Cookies have the tendency to get tossed aside as ordinary. Their familiarity makes them seem to be the kind of simple baked treats that could practically make themselves. If only. Extraordinary baker, Alice Medrich, has proven otherwise. With the release of her 8th cookbook, Medrich pays passionate tribute to the cookie, and the art and…

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Turkey Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust

Just short of making a scrapbook, I’m not entirely sure there’s a way to appropriately celebrate the feast that was Thanksgiving. Sure there was roasted turkey…there was cornbread dressing, brown sugar mashed butternut squash, roasted brussels sprouts, green bean casserole with a mustard mascarpone cream sauce, cranberry orange chutney… And though I may have politely…

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Cranberry Orange Sauce

  I whole-heartedly and unabashedly love cranberry sauce. And if I didn’t have to show a shred of consideration for my fellow Thanksgiving diners, I can promise I’d tuck that ruby red berry bowlful under my arm and head for the hills, spoon in hand. And this year I just might. But not before I…

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Cornbread Dressing with Pancetta and Cranberries

Is it superficial of me to want my Thanksgiving dressing to look good this year? Because it seems as though a majority of my favorite foods…dressing, stuffing, meatloaf, gravy, mashed potatoes, marshmallow fluff, that part of a peanut butter-filled chocolate bar that melts to its wrapper…someone stop me here because I’m going too far…are anything…

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Whiskey Caramel Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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Each November, right around this time, my insides bubble vigorously with joy. Abundant, uncontainable joy. I begin a ritualistic spiral into pure, unadulterated holiday oblivion and therefore lose touch with anything that isn’t pine scented, peppermint-spiked, and parceled with shiny silver wrapping. I lavish all things warm, cozy, fall-flavored, twinkly lit, red-and-green-swathed, and covered with…

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Serendipity 3 Las Vegas

To begin day two of the Harrah’s Las Vegas Taste Tour, our group headed out into the sunshine to brunch at Serendipity 3, the sweet eatery most famous for its over-the-top desserts. Namely, the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. photo courtesy Scott Roeben Now, as an admitted sweet-seeker, knowing I was brunching at Serendipity, I woke up…

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Thanksgiving Brined Turkey

Let’s pretend, if you will, that you invited me over for Thanksgiving supper. This would mean that you have an extra place setting  at your dinner table. It would also mean that you condone a guest guzzling gravy directly from its porcelain boat, cranberry sauce fingerprints on your collectibles, and that you’re willing to risk…

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Individual Pumpkin Spice Cheesecakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

I should have mentioned it sooner, but, I have a thing with individual-sized desserts. And by thing I mean fixation. And by fixation I mean please call Dr. Drew and his addiction medicine specialist team. And if he’s not available, just come over to my house. I’ll be that thing on the floor in the…

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Martorano’s

After having cocktails at VooDoo Lounge, the group of bloggers and I headed to Cafe Martorano for what would be a three course, multi-plate, how-many-times-can-I-‘mmm’-and-‘aaahhhh’-without-causing-a-scene dinner. Martorano’s is a self-proclaimed ‘old-school’ Italian eatery in The Rio Casino, Las Vegas. Chef and owner Steve Martorano is the mastermind behind the swanky supper spot, a throwback to…

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