Artwork by Jacob

Artwork by Jacob

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Tuesdays with Dorie
Dorie's Cookies

Chunkers are sinfully delicious chocolate cookies with cashews, dried cherries and more chocolate. These cookies are a labor of love due to the amount of chopping for all ingredients. The Trader Joe's bars of chocolate that I buy are thick and create quite a workout for chopping. The cookies are quite soft when they come out of the oven and almost don't look done. The hardest part was waiting for the cookies to cool before eating. I enjoyed them the best the next day. These cookies will satisfy any chocolate lover. 
Chunkers page 368.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Real Hot Chocolate

Tuesdays with Dorie
Baking Chez Moi

I make hot chocolate all the time, usually for my son, but I make it with nonfat milk and cocoa powder. Dorie's version with whole milk and melted bittersweet chocolate was really a treat. This rich chocolaty hot beverage was a welcome drink on a rare cool night in California. Happy New Year! 

Real Hot Chocolate page 410.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Roasted Hazelnut Granola

This month's featured ingredient at I Heart Cooking Clubs is granola. My husband's favorite breakfast cereal or snack is granola. He is pretty specific about his granola; no chocolate, no fruit except raisins, no funny flavors. I chose Ina's roasted hazelnut granola as it fit the rules of granola for my husband. 

This was a simple recipe with plain ingredients. First, I roasted the hazelnuts to get the skin off. Then added the rest of the ingredients which included: cashews, oatmeal, slivered almonds, sweetened shredded coconut, vegetable oil and honey. Everything is tossed together and roasted for 20 minutes or so.

Our reviews: This is a tasty granola better for a snack or yogurt topping. The nut to oatmeal ratio does not really go with breakfast cereal. This cooked far less than the 20 minutes suggested on the recipe. I had trouble keeping it from burning especially the sweetened coconut. But no matter we enjoyed eating this. The recipe is available from Food Network.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Cabin-Fever Caramel Banana Bars

Tis the season... for coughing, sniffing and sneezing. I had been shut-up in the house since before Christmas with a cold and then I managed to give it to my husband for New Year's. Aren't I nice? These Cabin-Fever Caramel Banana Bars were a welcome treat.

Cabin-Fever Caramel Banana Bars page 65. To see what others made head over to Tuesdays with Dorie.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I love potatoes in any way, shape or form. I have never made garlic mashed potatoes, eaten them several times, so this recipe seemed the perfect fit for me.

These garlic mashed potatoes were a side dish to a meal that included marinated flank steak and kale chips.

This recipe is a labor of love for mashed potatoes. Garlic is cooked in olive oil. The cooked potatoes and garlic are put through a food mill, which I borrowed for this project. The garlic infused olive oil, salt, pepper, cream and potato cooking water are all stirred together. The consistency seemed much different than normal mashed potatoes. Gluey was one adjective that came to mind. I did not particularly like using a food mill and liked cleaning even less. The amount of work for this recipe was not worth it. I will stick to regular mashed potatoes and order garlic ones when I am out at a restaurant:)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes page 166.

Sunday, December 24, 2017


This week's theme at I Heart Cooking Clubs is A Helping Hand. Ina Garten loves to utilize store-bought ingredients. I chose puff pastry as my helping hand ingredient. Ina declares that these palmiers are surprisingly simple as long as you start with pre-made puff pastry. Is there any other kind?

Palmiers or elephant ears are puff pastry, rolled out on sugar, folded, cut and baked until the sugar caramelizes. They were simple to make and an ideal dessert for the busy holiday season. Next time I will try them with a little cinnamon on the inside. These were a popular treat in my house and are quickly disappearing.

Elephant Ears (Palmiers) page 197 and available from the Food Network.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate is my favorite flavor and I have never met a truffle that I didn't like. Ina's chocolate truffles were easy to execute and delicious to eat.
Ina uses a combination of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. I substituted my trusty Trader Joe's dark chocolate which I believe is 60-70% cocoa. Along with heavy cream the flavors added are Grand Marnier liqueur, coffee and vanilla extract. I left out the Grand Marnier since I was giving them to someone who does not drink. I rolled the chocolate using a one teaspoon scoop which is a nice bite. The only trouble I had was rolling them in powdered sugar after they had been rolled in cocoa powder. The powdered sugar would not stick. 
Chocolate Truffles page 221 or available from the Food Network.