Holiday Preparations and a Giveaway (Adjusta Cup review)

I am going to start with the fun part of this post at the beginning. King Arthur Flour is sponsoring a giveaway on my blog! Yippee! This means you (the reader) have the opportunity to win a box of very cool items, just in time for holiday baking. This all came about because of my

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International Blogger Holiday Cookie Recipe Exchange (recipe)

International cookies! Wow. What a great idea. Thanks to Adrienne of Gastroanthropology (Cinnamon Mexican Wedding Cakes) and Lori of Fake Food Free (Russian Tea Cakes), I partnered up with a holiday cookie baker in the UK, Michelle of 5AM Foodie (On Festive Baking and a Recipe Exchange), who sent along the following cookie recipe. Light

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12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy Cookies

Growing up the Bay Area, it feels like I have been surrounded by good food all my life. But that is not exactly true. Or, if it is true, then I definitely did not notice it until I was a teenager. As a teen, I remember taking the bus to Stanford Shopping Center, just to

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Cookie Thursday: Drop in & Decorate for December

Yesterday, 11 of my mom-friends from our school gathered to decorate over 200 cookies that were donated today to Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, and Haven House in Menlo Park, California. With the help of these friends, we are spreading a little joy through this holiday season! Drop In and Decorate is the brain child

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A Plethora of Persimmon Potions: Recipes for the bounty

Last year, I promised to share more persimmon recipes, following my post about Persimmon Cookies. I have also written about Steamed Persimmon Pudding and making Hoshigaki at home. With persimmons in season again, it was time to pull out the recipes. I generally use Hachiya for breads and cookies, and enjoy Fuyu in salads. The

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Cookies for a Cause: Drop in & Decorate

DSC_0144 About this time last year, I was contacted by Lydia Walshin from Perfect Pantry and Drop In & Decorate, with a unique proposal. Have a party, she suggested, and invite your friends to come over and decorate cookies for the holidays. Then, take those cookies and donate them to a local non-profit organization serving

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Cookie Thursday: Pecan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

pecan-oatmeal-chocolate-chip This week’s cookie started out with inspiration from Ina Garten’s Back to Basics cookbook, a great addition to any cookbook collection. Ina’s original recipe is Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies, but due to some dietary restrictions in our house (the husband will not allow a raisin to pass his lips), I was “forced” to modify.

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