Cooking Tidbits – Watermelons

Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits. It is synonymous with summer and family barbecues. It’s not only delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day but there are numerous health benefits. The seedless varieties  with deep red fruit have more of the antioxidant lycopene. There is also a big difference in taste too. … Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo Chocolate Cookies

Cinco de Mayo is a few days away  and a decision on a dessert to serve needed to be made. I originally thought of a flan, then maybe some kind of a churro dessert. I then considered traditional Mexican cookies such as wedding or polvorones. I finally settled on these flavorful cookies full of 2 … Continue reading

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and a White Russian

This is the best chocolate chip cookie you will ever have the pleasure of eating, if you have some patience. Why? Because you need to brown the butter and make the dough the day before and refrigerate it. This allows the dough to fully hydrate and prevents the cookies from spreading too much. I have … Continue reading

Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints

Thumbprint cookies are fun to make because you can add any filling you want – this is a cookie that can be made to your taste and of course your family. I was thinking about Valentine’s Day and something sweet to make and this cookie popped up. First as an email from KAF (King Arthur Flour) … Continue reading

Honey-Orange Madeleine Santas

Ho!Ho!Ho! I made my first madeleines back in 1994. How do I know – well I saved this May, 1994 recipe from Bon Appetit and wrote “great – G’s favorite”. G of course is Gene, my best friend, hubby and companion for so many years. I made two other recipes at the time from Chocolatier … Continue reading

Witches’ Fingers Cookies

It’s that time of the year when I am thinking about Fall, apples and pumpkins and such and then of course one of my favorite holidays, Halloween.  I seem to be on a “witches fingers kick” with Chocolate Covered Halloween Pretzle Fingers so now I am adding some very cute cookies you can make. Martha … Continue reading

Michigan Windmill Cookies

My niece and I made these cookies in a Zingerman’s Bakehouse Detroit Classics class back in June. We used a windmill cookie cutter instead of a speculaas mold (see pictures below). I have provided instructions for making molded cookies or using cookie cutters. First a little history… Back in 1926 the Steenstra family immigrated to … Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Everyone  likes chocolate, Oreo cookies and fun, don’t they?   These are new molds for 2015 and some of you have already seen some  of the molds I have made in the past. Check out last year’s Valentine Oreos for your Sweetie and search “oreos” for all the different ones I have made. … Continue reading