Cranberry-Lemon Napoleons

Monday, November 29


Puff pastry, homemade cranberry sauce, and lemon pastry cream. What more can anyone ask for in life? (Okay, to be fair, I suppose chocolate lovers could throw in some ganache somewhere.) But really, these Napoleons are the stuff that sweet dreams are made of.

Raspberry Swirl Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, November 26



I hope that everyone had a safe, happy, stomach-filling, Thanksgiving! Ready for the holidays? I'm not. So far the spirit of the season has decided to make beeline away from me for now.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Cranberry Shortbread Cake

Tuesday, November 23


Now, finally at the age of early-thirty-something, I've matured enough to realize what all the fuss is about when it comes to cranberries. Thanks to this cake and the cranberry lime galette, I crave, love + worship the once too-bitter holiday harbingers. They're not pretentious so much as perky and, perhaps, misunderstood. I cast them aside just because I never truly got to know them. Sorry about that, little cranberry. I promise to make it up to you.


I'm madly in love with limes and lemons so I honestly don't know why I fought cranberries for so long. They're sort of similar to the citrus fruit family...with more of an artsy edginess; the sarcastic worldly uncle everyone likes, even though you can never quite differentiate whether or not he's being funny or deadly serious about something. At any rate this recipe is delicious enough to convert even the most stubborn anti-cranberrites into happy fans. The cake layers are sweet, buttery & sensuously crumbly. They are an ideal match for the assertive tart cranberry jam that sits in between them (reminiscent of a gourmet jelly-filled cake doughnut).


Since this is a holiday week, the Tuesdays with Dorie members were given the option to make any past recipe we wanted. I skipped this cake when it was chosen at the beginning of the month, but after the success of last week's recipe, I couldn't wait to try out my new found respect for all that is cranberry. For the recipe, please visit Jessica, of A Singleton in the Kitchen. And for some other Thanksgiving dessert ideas, don't forget to visit the other TWD blogs.

Almond Cream Éclairs

Thursday, November 18


Making eclairs allowed me to practice making choux pastry, something I've not had the privilege of doing since the Daring Kitchen made croquembouche (my wrist, and 2 fingertips still bear the spun sugar and caramel scars.) Thanks again for that, pseudo Ove-glove. :P

Tuesdays with Dorie: Cranberry-Lime Galette

Tuesday, November 16



♫ Galette, the best a tart can get. ♫ Since joining Tuesdays with Dorie over a year ago, I have had my eye on this recipe. It's no secret that I love limes and all their relatives, but I've been waiting for something to turn me into a cranberry lover, and I think this recipe has done just that.

Nutella-Peanut Butter Pillows (revisited)

Thursday, November 11


Since this is peanut butter lover's month, I wanted to take things full circle by returning to an old favourite. When I first started blogging, well over a year ago, this was one of my first recipes.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Moon Pies

Tuesday, November 9



Hello, moon pies. Where have you been all my life (better yet, where have I been?) This late-blooming discovery can be traced back to the glorious plaid-uniformed days of grade school. My parent's version of a lunch box 'treat' was usually in the form of sliced carrots, peppers or, if I was lucky, a yogurt.

Cinnamon-Filled, Spiced Cupcakes

Saturday, November 6



Today is a "comme si, comme sa," kind of a day. Right after my beloved camera died, I found another point and shoot on eBay. But, thanks to some mis-routing, it may not arrive until next week, or at this rate, next year (at least I know it's headed towards me.)

Tuesdays with Dorie: Peanuttiest Blondies

Tuesday, November 2



Happy Peanut Butter Lovers Month! (Is it bad that I know about this?)

These photos might be the last taken with my trusty, little Canon A430 camera. After two years, 200 blog posts, and far too many snaps than I can count, the camera began displaying the dreaded white horizontal lines, and blindly white out-put. Of course I'm in a bit of a panic. For food bloggers, not having a camera is like a musician giving a performance to an empty theater.
 

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