My Birthday Feast!

August 11th, 2010


Well, it has happened… I’m another year older and apparently, wiser? mmm… I have had a lovely day thanks for my friends and family. It culminated with a delicious Asian inspired feast and a Peach-Vanilla Pie… We started with Vietnamese Vegetarian Spring Rolls followed by Singapore Chili Shrimp and Chicken A La Nueces De La India. For dessert, they put candles on top of my Peach-Vanilla Pie made with Tartine‘s Flaky Pie Crust.  Thank you for making this birthday wonderful!

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

These are my family’s favorite holiday cookies… a Christmas can’t go by without me baking them…  ENJOY!

Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup smooth peanut butter (don’t use reduced fat)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 & 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

1. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars.
2. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat well.
3. Add the dry ingredients (can always mix the dry ingredients on wax paper and then add).
4. Shape in 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes. (for soft cookies take them out at 12 minute when the cracks in the cookies still look a little moist. They will continue to cook a little after you remove them from the oven and will not become as hard.)
6. Remove from oven and press the kiss on. Allow to cool until the kiss has rehardened.

A twist on the ole’ peanut butter and jelly classic!

November 13th, 2008


As a kid, I hated peanut butter and jelly! I never understood how my friends could eat them at lunch…when the jelly would make the bread all soggy…gross!

I’ve always liked peanut butter. My mom’s hiccup trick is to eat a spoonful and magically they go away. It works! But other than that, I barely ate it. In college, my roommate got me hooked on chunky peanut butter.  I found that it was pretty good and I started branching out into peanut butter, honey and banana sandwiches. The trick is to eat it right away or the bread will get soggy. Also, if you put peanut butter on both sides, the jelly/honey does not bleed through to the bread.

So, a few weeks ago I made an apple-dulce de leche-peanut butter sandwich. It was a little sweet but great. I love dulce de leche! I’ve made David Lebovitz’s recipe a few times! It is really easy and so worth it! I recommend putting a spoonful in your morning coffee!