Almonds

Raspberry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Great news, guys! The universe gave my plan to get more sleep a giant cosmic high-five. Shortly after I posted about my resolution to sleep more and work less, I was stricken with the flu-flu, which is the clever name I just coined for when the influenza-flu and the stomach-flu get together and have a…

Marzipan Swirl Tart

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It’s baaaaaack! Marzipan, my little almond paste friend found in the silver tube, is back in a big way today. It wasn’t enough that I churned it into almond ice cream and mixed it with coconut and fudge sauce earlier this summer. No, I had to go and pair it with a buttery almond crust…

Almond Coconut Fudge Ripple Ice Cream

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I was channeling Ben & Jerry when I came up with this ice cream. It starts with an almond ice cream base, then has swirls of marzipan, gooey coconut, and fudge sauce, and big chunks of chocolate-covered almonds. It’s kind of a big deal. When I beheld my masterpiece, I said to myself, “Self, what…

Triple Chocolate Rocky Road Brownies

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Real talk. These brownies taste awesome, but they’re kind of ugly. Shhh, shhh. No need to tell one of those nice little white lies. I have eyes, you know. You might have to make these for your favorite friends, the ones who have seen you ugly-cry with makeup running down your face, the ones who…

Burnt Almond Cake

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The city where I grew up, San Jose, doesn’t have a nationally known signature dish. It’s more suburban sprawl than cutting-edge culinary destination. However, there are certain foods that I will always associate with San Jose. During high school I practically lived on falafels from Falafel Drive-In, and to this day I swear their spicy…

TWD: Chocolate Biscotti

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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and first moved down to southern California to go to college. I was adamant that northern California (or “NorCal,” for the obnoxious) was the superior side of the state, and I would never devolve into a southern California beach bum who wore cutoffs everywhere, read Us…

A Tale of Two Tarts

Lately I’ve been making a lot of Monets. No, I haven’t taken up impressionist painting. I mean “Monets” in the Clueless sense of the word. Desserts that look amazing, but upon closer inspection–or tasting–leave something to be desired. This is tragic for a number of reasons–wasted hours and ingredients, for instance–but the biggest disappointment is…

DB Bakewell Tart: In Which I Abuse British-isms

This month’s Daring Bakers challenge was that most English of desserts, the Bakewell tart. Jolly good! Shortbread crust, a layer of preserves, and a frangipane (almond paste) topping, all baked up nice and brown, and Bob’s your uncle. The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie…

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