One of my brothers carves and whittles and sands and polishes and sometimes stains pretty pieces of wood into various useful and beautiful items. He climbs trees sometimes to get a small limb in which a honeysuckle has wrapped and embedded itself, making gnarly wood for his hand-crafted canes. Mother tells me that he’s also … More Pretty brother-made kitchen implements
What cookie takes a strong arm, a hammer and a freezer? This one. While the food processor will crush the Oreo Mint Cremes into sticky crumbs, it takes a strong arm to blend cream cheese into the crumbs, a hammer to smash the candy cane decoration and a freezer to chill the rolled balls of … More Chocolate Mint Cookie Balls
Just because I didn’t make 15 to 20 different kinds of cookies and candies for Christmas a few weeks ago in my usual 3-day/night binge bake, well, that doesn’t mean those left out won’t have their moment or that there will not be a derivative. With leftover Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Mint Truffle Kisses, it’s a … More Snicks with Kisses and Their Friends
The words “non-GMO” on the package weren’t part of my decision to buy these dates, nor any other word on the package except “medjool.” They were needed for a batch to share of my Date & Walnut Chews, today with a handful of dried cranberries added. I couple days ago my mother and I set … More 6-Cookie Meetup with Mother, incl a Dough-to-Go Dozen. Spring Flowers.
We’re having a Winter Social on Sunday afternoon in the neighborhood, an annual event for many and a first for me on my one year anniversary of the move to Seattle. I attended the Seattle Night Out* block party last August, took along three items and met some neighbors new to me. The upcoming Social … More Vanilla Snicks with Lavender Caramel Accents
Today I made a special dinner for a lawyer friend of my daughter’s in exchange for some excellent legal advice. I’d asked what her culinary preference was since I’m familiar with several. She suggested Middle Eastern and mentioned having had Iranian cuisine frequently at home while growing up, perhaps a nanny, so I decided to … More Roundabout Middle Eastern Dinner
My “Chews” are a blend of cookie and candy. Some people can’t tell the difference, especially with these. I make them in two forms: the quick, as above, in bar form. The version which takes a little more time is drop cookies. Both are frosted with the seasonal Hershey’s Mint Truffle Kisses. The bars, with … More Chocolate Mint Chews, another Star