Thursday, December 27, 2012

Four Weeks of Cookies: Peanut Butter & Espresso Truffle Blossoms


For the second installation of Four Weeks of Cookies, I am thrilled to introduce you to my new favorite confection and one of the best cookies I've had in a long, long time. Picture a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a decadent dark chocolate and coffee truffle. Now square the deliciousness factor, and, voila! you have a peanut butter & espresso truffle blossom. Everything about these cookies is just perfect—texture, flavor, appearance.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites


'Tis the season for celebrating and that means you're probably in need of some easy appetizer recipes. Well, party people, look no farther than these fancy pants cheese and crackers. Part sweet, part savory and all parts festive and delicious, these are the perfect app to bring along to any holiday gathering.

When bringing treats along to a party, you want something that is relatively quick, easy and portable. Appetizers are great in this regard— you don't have to be a genius in the kitchen to create something that is tasty and impressive. Limited time or space? Not a problem. These little bites require minimal effort and will impress the pants off of your fellow party goers.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Four Weeks of Cookies: Lemon Sugar Cookies


And so my holiday baking begins, with the first installment of Four Weeks of Cookies. During the month of December, I vow to remain in a constant sugar coma in order to bring you the creme de la creme of holiday cookies. First up, we have a twist on a classic: lemon sugar cookies with a lemon drizzle.

A healthy dose of lemon zest gives these sugar cookies a little zing and the frosting, a simple mixture of fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar, is a beautiful marriage of sweet and sour. One tiny, tangy cookie will leave you thinking, "Well... maybe just one more."

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lemony Chickpea & Quinoa Salad


It's that time of year again, folks... You know what I'm talking about. That one month of the year your life becomes a haze of holiday parties and family gatherings. And your diet? Well, let's just say it's more indulgent than it is nutritious. Eventually, your body craves something fresh and healthy to offset the oodles of treats and booze you've been consuming. Here it is my friends, the perfect weekday lunch or dinner to reset your system and remind your body what a vegetables tastes like.