Orange Sugar Cookies with Burnt Caramel

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The chocolate peppermint ice cream cookie sandwiches that I posted on Monday probably won’t work for your holiday cookie exchanges, but these sugar cookies should more than make up for it. Flavored with a hint of orange zest and infused with caramel that’s slightly burnt – cooked just enough to give it a deep, rich […]

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Yup, full on holiday baking mode had commenced. And I’m going to share it all with you this week. Ready for a flurry of posts? I have three great (and easy!) cookie recipes coming up for you today, Wednesday, and Friday. I’ll throw in a panini recipe on Tuesday for good measure. Whew! Last month, Pillsbury asked […]

Hot Cocoa + Chocolate Hazelnut Marshmallows

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Is there anything better than coming inside on a blustery cold, snowy day and sipping a hot chocolate? It’s been on of my favorite things about winter ever since I was a little kid. This year I’m taking it to the next level with rich, spicy cocoa made extra frothy in a Mr. Coffee Latte […]

Pecan-Bourbon Tart + Giving Thanks

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I’d like to take  minute and say thanks to all of you: thank you for indulging me as I share my recipes and for helping this little blog turn into something that means a lot to me and that has led me on an incredible journey. It’s given me confidence, (in the kitchen and out of it), given me the opportunity to travel to new places and make new friends (and to reconnect with old ones!), and has turned into quite the interesting little job (I know I complain about being overworked sometimes but I never forget how lucky I am to have not one but two jobs that I love with all of my heart). I couldn’t have done any of it without your support.

I’m contributing two dishes to tonight’s feast: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad and this Pecan-Bourbon Tart. I’ve been making this tart for years, and it’s Shawn’s favorite dessert.

Chicken Pot Pie + visiting The Chew

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a taping of abc’s talk/cooking show, The Chew. Being in the audience of a tv show is something I’ve always wanted to do, but until now I just hadn’t gotten around to it. It was a lot of fun! The episode I attended airs on November 21 at 1pm (12 pacific), but be sure to tune in throughout the holiday season for easy recipe and craft ideas. You can also check out their recipes (or request free tickets to attend a taping yourself!) on their website.

My first impression of the studio was that it was really small, but the made use of the space really well. The counters were all on casters so they could be moved around and rearranged as needed (I wish my counters at home did that!) I was also a little star-struck by the hosts. If you’ve never watched the show the hosts are Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, and Clinton Kelly – so much talent in one room!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Covered Oreos

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Before we get to these cookies, I’d like to make an announcement: my rockstar of a husband, Shawn, officially lost 75 pounds! As I’ve mentioned before, we both recommitted to Weight Watchers over the summer and he’s been killing it. I promised/threatened that I would post here when he lost 75 pounds, and he did! I’m so proud of him!

It’s kind of ironic that this announcement just happens to coincide with a post about an indulgent recipe like this one, but it’s just further proof that you can eat food that tastes great and still be healthy/lose weight.

With that said, back to the cookies…