Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are not just a treat for Christmas, but a delight all year round.  Many of us like to gift these delicious cookies during the holidays mainly because they are easy to make and have a little extra touch with the art of our own thumbprints. However, I love these cookies any day…

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American Pie – Cherry Pie

When most Americans think about the 4th of July they congruently think about BBQ’s.  What about dessert?  I think Cherry Pie is the vintage American treat.  Traditionally eaten in midsummer with the harvest of cherries in North America, the culture of Cherry Pie perfectly coincides with America’s Independence Day on July 4th.  With that comes…

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Flower Sugar Cookies

I noticed last Wednesday that florists had already set out their surge of flowers around SoCal (I was doing quite a bit of driving last week).  I thought it was a bit early, since the flowers would not remain fresh up to Sunday, however people have their reasons for starting celebrations early.  Then, it occurred…

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Casino Film & Blueberry Muffins

I’m diverting from my recent trail of chic flics and offering up something that both the guys and gals can enjoy. How about an epic crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone? Casino is based on the non-fiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las…

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Red Velevet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Butter & Maple Chocolate Syrup

Fat Tuesday or Pancake Day culminates Carnival Season and ushers in Lent. Traditionally, pancakes are eaten on the day before Ash Wednesday to use up rich, indulgent foods like eggs and milk before the 40-day fasting season of Lent begins. It’s your last chance to be glutinous and I have a recipe that fits the…

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Heart Waffles with Cranberry Maple Syrup

Heart shaped waffles are a Scandinavian tradition topped with berries. I’ve given this ritual an American touch with Cranberry Maple Syrup for Valentine’s Day. A Norwegian heart shaped waffle iron would be ideal to make these waffles, but an American waffle maker will do for those of us who don’t have access to one. You…

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