Milk Chocolate Cremeux with Coconut Sorbet

This may sound odd coming from a sugarphile, but I don’t usually order dessert when eating out. I eat so many sweets at work and at home as it is, I feel like it has to be really worth it for me to spend my dining-out calories on more dessert. But when the husband and…

TWD: Thumbprint Cookies for Us Big Guys

Sorry, big guys, but you can keep your thumbprint cookies. I had high hopes for these. Because it is still coconut month, I substituted some ground toasted coconut for part of the hazelnuts, and the raw dough had a wonderful flavor–buttery, nutty, slightly sweet from the coconut but with a good hit of salt. I…

I Decree It Is Coconut Month + 7 Layer Bars

Halfway through emptying my third bag of shredded coconut this past week, my tiny reptilian brain began to glimpse a theme in this month’s baking. Coconut-Chocolate Tiramisu. Coconut Cream Tarts. Could the common thread be red velvet cake? Licorice whips? Monkey pantaloons? No, no, and NO, that’s not it…perhaps coconut? Yes! There has been a…

TWD: Coconut Cream Tart Mad Libs

Sometimes I feel like my Tuesdays with Dorie posts get a little predictable. Maybe it’s to be expected, when you bake something from the same cookbook every week, there’s bound to be some repetition and overlap of sentiment. But it really struck me as I went to write this entry that I have said it…

Daring Bakers: Chocolate Coconut Tira-wheee!-su!

I’ve been something of a Daring Baker’s slacker these past few months. Not to bore you with whining, but it’s been busy, none of the challenges have appealed to me, yadda yadda boo hoo hoo. But that all changed this month, when I learned that the challenge was tiramisu. Whoooo, I LOVE me some tiramisu!…

Adventurous Female Seeks Robust, Peanutty Cookie for Longterm Relationship

The other day I was making something with peanut butter–I think it was this wonderful West African Chicken Peanut Stew, which might sound iffy but I promise is really wonderful–and my husband, who was lurking around the kitchen stealing bites of everything, started making big puppy dog eyes at the peanut butter. He proceeded to…

TWD: Honey Wheat Cookies

I had my doubts about these Honey Wheat cookies. The truth is, I OD’ed on wheat germ back in high school, and it’s been years since I’ve even wanted to be in the same room with the stuff. (Lunch every day involved yogurt with gobs of wheat germ stirred into it. Four years of this…

The Best Idea I’ve Had All Year

Last week I was invited to a fondue party. It was all of my favorite things in one room: friends, melted chocolate, and an immense smorgasbord of bite-sized dippable goodies. What a world we live in, that communal chocolate-dipping is a socially accepted–even celebrated–ritual! For the fondue party, we were all asked to bring some…

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