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Happy New Year

Maple Syrup-Roasted Tomatoes for NYE

Appetizers ~ Canapes ~ Tapas ~ Dim sum ~ Hors d'oeuvres…
"...many of the great cuisines of the world -- Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Spanish, French and Italian, just for starters -- have long recognized that dawdling over small servings of many different dishes, sharing tidbits and discoveries, not only stretches out a pleasant social evening but bonds friends together in a very emotional way. In fact, the very word "companion" comes from the Latin com panis, or "with bread," meaning the person you share meals with -- friendship defined by dining...The most familiar versions are Middle Eastern mezze and their Spanish derivatives tapas; Chinese dim sum (meaning, sweetly, "touch the heart"); French canapes and hors d'oeuvres (themselves derived from the Russian zakuski); and Italian antipasti. In Vietnam, such drinking dishes are called "do nhau" -- literally, "little bites," and sounding not unlike "doughnut.&quo…

Merry Christmas to you...

May the lovely spirit of Christmas bringyou lots of  peace, joy and happiness.

May it bless you all through the year.

Here's wishing you all a Wonderful Christmas!

Chewy Ginger Cookies

My Christmas cookie baking is done for the year!  These ginger cookies have an old-fashioned allure ~ cookies like Grandma used to bake.

Fresh ginger takes baking to a whole new level.  It’s sweet, yet pungent.  And for full-out ginger flavor, these cookies not only have fresh ginger, but also ground ginger and chopped crystallized ginger also. 

Adding crystallized ginger, gives them a stronger ginger flavor, along with a more chewy texture. The sweet and rich, amber-colored light molasses imparts a buttery flavor, with a smack of bitterness. Then they’re finished with a little crunch from the coarse sugar they were rolled in.

Key Lime Coins

Mom always said, anything lime-flavored, was like disinfectant to her. I say, I adore anything lime.

Needless to say, lime was a rarity in our house, when I was growing up.  Way back when, you could purchase lime Life Savers by the roll ~ pure bliss, and I enjoyed my share of them.
Then, when I had my very own kitchen, I made up for lost time with limes ~ lime in lemonade, salad dressings, marinades, cakes, stir-fries, drizzled over seafood, Key Lime Pie and Gin Rickey’s.  Now, I hear that to get rid of a headache, rub half of a lime over your forehead.  I just might, the next time I have one.  And then, there are these…

Delicious Key Lime Coins, a dainty little cookie.  Not too sweet, and just a little zesty.  With their perfect balance of sweet and tart, they will melt in your mouth.  They have a light, crisp taste and a crunchy texture, while a little dusting of confectioner’s sugar is the finishing touch.
They’re a scrumptious way to enjoy that great lime flavor, just ask Bill!

Key Li…

Cinnamon Pinwheels

Now don’t you be looking at pictures of pinwheel cookies over the Internet, because they will make mine look bush-league!

My pinwheels look like I’ve never made them before, and that’s because, I haven’t.  But boy, are they good!  They became a bit squished in the making, and I couldn’t control them, and then squished again in the refrigerator.  That won’t stop me from making them again though ~ I’m intrigued and want to master the technique now.
These cinnamon pinwheels are lightly spiced with cinnamon and are a thin, crunchy cookie, close to shortbread.  Next time, I’ll go for the ½-teaspoon cinnamon extract.  I like the swirly effect and red coloring ~ even if they do look a bit psychedelic to me…

Cinnamon Pinwheels
2 cups flour, plus more for dusting ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1½ sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, room temperature 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼-½ teaspoon cinnamon extract (optional) 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder …

Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes I fancy chewing my liquor, instead of nipping it…
And this is the cookie that meets that criterion!

This cookie has great flavors ~ Bailey’s Irish Cream ~ coconut and chocolate.  They taste like Bailey’s and even smell like it.  Due to the cake flour, they have a light texture.  This is definitely a grown-up cookie, with a slight hint of whiskey making them appealing. 

Note the large amount of cookies this recipe makes.  They go fast; therefore, I make 6 dozen at a time ~ halve it, if that suits you better.  I like pecans in cookies, but some family members do not, so I omit them in this recipe. If you like them, add 1 cup of chopped pecans.
These irresistible cookies are a bit boozy, a bit sweet, and a whole lot tender ~ a perfect Christmas treat for your family and friends too!

Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar

“He toasted his bacon on a fork and caught the drops of fat on his bread; then he put the rasher on his thick slice of bread, and cut off chunks with a knife, poured his tea into his saucer, and was happy.”

~ D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers

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