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Make Your Own Candy Cane Joe-Joes

I don’t know what I would do without my local Trader Joe’s grocery store. Where else would I go with a shopping list 3 items long and leave an hour later, $70 poorer and with four overflowing shopping bags stuffed to the brim with impulse buys like chocolate-covered soybeans and freeze-dried mangoes? Yes, Trader Joe’s…

TWD: Devlishly Good Chocolate Shortcakes

Whew! One major holiday down, one big one to go. Now that I have somewhat recovered, I can tell you that Thanksgiving was epic. My friends, we had three pies and one cake for four adults. Plus whipped cream. And ice cream. It was obscene. There are not enough stretchy-waisted pants in the world to…

Adventures in Cookie Dough Balls

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, which means most of us are lolling around, trying to shake off yesterday’s food coma while simultaneously justifying today’s breakfast of pumpkin pie + whipped cream (vegetables and dairy!). So I really have no business posting about more desserts, especially desserts that are completely unrelated to pumpkins, apples, pilgrims, or…

TWD: Peanuttiest Blondies

I’m more than a little obsessed with peanut butter–well, with nut butters in general. In my cupboards I have 4 different kinds of peanut butter and 3 other nut butters, and that’s not even counting the coconut butter variations. Some might say I have a problem with nut butter consumption, but one person’s problem is…

TWD: Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Shortbreads aren’t the kind of cookies I usually crave. I guess they have their place at the side of a coffee cup, but given the choice, I’ll always opt for good old chocolate chip cookies. So as I was dutifully making these cookies, I was already scheming about who I could gift them to–what unsuspecting…

Passionate Baking, Three Ways

Even before I’d ever tasted passion fruit, I fell in love with the name. Growing up surrounded by boring, utilitarian fruit names (are you listening, orange?), learning that there was a fruit that broke this mold was a revelation. It belongs on a soap opera! Of course I was intensely curious about its flavor. Did…

TWD: Brrrrrownies

Oh, it has been a day. A day mostly consisting of me making like a Tasmanian devil in my kitchen, trying to get ahead on work for the candy site and a few other side projects because–dum dum DUM–we’re moving in less than 2 weeks! Aaaaaah! (Spoiler alert: the new kitchen is SO much bigger…

TWD: Tarte Noire

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. It has been a week since my last confession. For this week’s TWD recipe, the tres chic Tarte Noire, I confess that I did not make the ganache filling the recipe called for. Instead, I used some ganache I had left over from these Honey Truffles. The honey…

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