Archive for the 'Dessert' Category

Gift from a Foodie: Pretzel Pralines

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

This recipe from the chef blog Ideas in Food is the perfect combination of salty, sweet, crunchy, chocolaty goodness. It’s the sort of snack that you want to curl up with on a rainy day, take home to meet the parents, hold in your hands on a long walk down the beach… yeah, it’s pretty [...]

Gift from a Foodie: Candied Orange Peel Variations

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

The process of making candied citrus peels reveals several steps in the process with which we can play around with the recipe to introduce some fun variations. We can easily tweak the shapes, flavors, tang and texture of this treat with a slight of hand that will make our gift recipients think we are magic. [...]

LA Times 2006 cookie of the year challenge, still perfect in 2007

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Are you looking to start a new holiday cookie tradition? Want a foil to your tried and true sweet treasures? This list of cookies I saved from last year is sure to yield some taste bud wonders of a new kind. In a wonderful move to keep their Food Editors well fed, the LA Times [...]

Recipe question: corn syrup in rum balls

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

I was just looking over rum ball recipes. What do you suppose the purpose of corn syrup in a rum ball recipe is? It’s not like any more sweetness is needed. Is it just to add stickiness? Like glue? Is it to act as a humectant? To keep those morsels from turning into hard dry [...]

Dulce de Leche: the Better to Eat You My Dear…

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

My recent adventures with dulce de leche have convinced me this is what everyone is getting for Christmas! I’ve seen people raving about the flavors before, but I never understood till kitchen curiosity made me stick a couple of unopened cans of sweetened condensed milk, submerged under water, in my pressure cooker for 2 hours. [...]

Mint Ice Cream Slushy

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

In addition to sushi, eggs over easy, and cheese, I have to add ice cream as one of those foods that I could absolutely live on non-stop. I mean really, is ice cream really any worse than a bowl of cereal for breakfast? Ok, that was suppose to be a rhetorical question. I’m wise to [...]

Salted Ice Cream

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Sweets and I made our way to the hopping Mississippi Street Fair Saturday with friends in the humid Portland weather. Our entry point into the festivities couldn’t have been better as we found ourselves face to face with the booth for The Meadow. Renown for their offering of over 50 varieties of finishing salts, they [...]

Kitty Litter Cake

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

How do I say good bye to my work place? By resurrecting a pre-blog culinary April Fool’s joke: kitty litter cake! As I made this latest batch I couldn’t help but wonder if I was putting lipstick on a pig… or strike that and reverse: smearing mud on a Mona Lisa? For my version to [...]

Liquid Nitrogen Sorbets

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Looking to shake up our Friday routine, my workplace declared this Friday to be a fun picnic sort of day. We took our lunch outdoors and gave our drinks a twist by stirring them up with liquid nitrogen. To allow our cocktails to be available both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, I made the drinks virgin and [...]

Candied Orange Peel Biscotti

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Ok… so these cookies aren’t exactly green like I pledged in my healthier eating post. However these biscotti aren’t the baddies of the cookie world. They’re quite low in fat, and if one can restrain their serving size, they can be quite the healthy eater’s friend. I made these last week for a hot chocolate [...]


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