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…
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.
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.
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
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 Ingredients: 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 …
Sometimes I fancy chewing my liquor, instead
of nipping it… And this is the cookie that meets that
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 Ingredients: 1 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar