November 2010

Ready for Cookie Month?

November 28, 2010

in Cookies,Recipes

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

My Thanksgiving was a bit untraditional, in that it involved the addition of PJs, boxes of tissue, Tylenol, and cough syrup. This also meant I was forced to watch from the couch as my husband and oldest son prepared our Thanksgiving dinner.

Iā€™m happy to report they did a fantastic job and I was pleasantly surprised to see how well they worked together.

As you can guess, I’ve stayed away from the kitchen since the bug hit me, which seems like it’s been forever. But, thanks to some pretty good antibiotics I should be back in action within the next couple of days. Just in time for “Cookie Month”!

If you recall last year, I named December “Cookie Month” and posted nothing but cookie recipes the entire month. In case you missed it, here a recap of last years cookies.

Oh, and there’s a lot more where these came from… šŸ˜‰

Danish Butter Cookies

Danish Butter Cookies – These cookies are as close as you’re gonna get to those out of the blue tin box, if not better! šŸ˜‰

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Laminated Pumpkin Brioche topped with Cocoa Nibs

To the tune of Auld Lang Syne I say au revoir Project Food Blog Challenge and Bienvenue Ć  nouveau le week-end.

This little venture has taught me so much and I am happy I decided to participate. I am proud I made it down to the last 46 contestants, an accomplishment in and of itself. Yet, I know I have much more to learn to become a more well rounded food blogger and look forward to growing with you.

Not knowing whether or not I would advance to the next round I decided to be proactive and make a delicious pumpkin post for you. I hope you enjoy it.

Along with me, these fabulous ladies are also some of the Project Food Blog Video challenge exiles, please stop by and check out their pumpkin inspired posts:

Asha from Fork Spoon Knife
Heena from Tiffin Tales
Linda from Salty Seattle
Lindsey from Hot Polka Dot
Liren from Kitchen Confidante
Meaghan from The Decorated Cookie
Paula from Bell’alimento
Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen

Have a Sweet Thanksgiving Day!

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Gingerbread Financier

November 23, 2010

in Cakes,French,Recipes

Gingerbread Financier topped with Gingerbread Ice Cream and Candy Cane Tuiles

I hope you have enjoyed part I and II of my Holiday trifecta dessert so far.

To recap, we started out with a simple to make, yet sophisticated Tuile cookie. Using a Candy Cane cookie cutter we cut out and sprinkled our tuile cookies with candied goji berries as soon as we took them out of the oven. We also added a little Framboise Liqueur to the simple syrup in which we cooked the goji berries in for a little added punch.

We then moved on to a creamy gingerbread ice cream that contained just enough spice to unite our gingerbread financier and tuile cookie, to create a unique yet very festive holiday dessert.

I know most of you couldn’t wait for the Gingerbread Ice Cream post. But, it surely wouldn’t be a “Trifecta” without the backbone of our dessert… the rich and buttery Gingerbread Financier.

So without further ado… I give you my interpretation of Chef Sherry Yard’s Gingerbread Financier, enjoy!

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Gingerbread Ice Cream

Today I’m going to share with you part two of my holiday trifecta dessert, which consists of a Gingerbread Financier, topped with a subtle Gingerbread Ice Cream, and a Candy Cane shapped Tuile topped with Candided Goji berries.

We started this trifecta which I pictured in my previous post with Candied Goji Berry Topped Tuiles in the shape of Candy Canes.

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Candied Goji Berry Topped Tuiles

Let’s deconstruct the above picture shall we?

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