Christmas Cookie Round-up

Christmas carols are like Christmas cookies.   Everyone has a favorite – often a favorite we can vehemently argue the superiority of.  The hubs believes no christmas cookie can ever top sugar cookies with thick buttercream frosting (read: a mountain of buttercream).  My sister would go to bat for hazelnut crescents.  My brother would make a case for chewy ginger molasses.  And my dad loves the Italian Anise cookies reminiscent of black licorice.  I admit, I’m not sure I could pick just one favorite, but I don’t think my brother is too far off on this one.  But still, it might be a toss-up between pillowy Italian ricotta cookies and a…

Tahini Shortbread Cookies

Who remembers those giant tins of Danish Butter Cookies during the holidays??  Anyone!?  Every holiday season, at least one client would gift my dad with one of those giant cookie tins.  If you are familiar with danish butter cookies, then you know that every cookie in the tin is essentially the same.  They are just made into different shapes and some are topped with sugar.  But when you are a kid, the perception of choice is a powerful thing. Growing up, my brother and I would park ourselves at the kitchen table peering into this monster tin of cookies and argue about who got which cookie and which ones were…

Creamy Cauliflower and White Bean Hummus + JORD Wood Watches

Any gathering where guests mill about pre-meal with a beverage in hand feels like there should be at least a light appetizer.  Right?  As a host, it seems irresponsible to pour wine so freely while guests’ bellies are empty….. Unless, of course, the gathering is Thanksgiving – the most infamously carb-heavy day of the year.  So much eating.  So much food.  So much post meal food-coma!  Do we really need an appetizer too?? If your friends are anything like ours, they arrive early and stay late.  Thanksgiving dinner (which we serve mid-afternoon) is an all day affair.  Appetizers feel like overkill with all the mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes,…

Fall Flavors: Sweet Potato, Faro, and Kale Detox Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Anyone else feeling the Halloween candy or junk-food hangover today? The movers transported our stuff to the new-to-us house on monday, and we spent all of Halloween unpacking. By evening, I was exhausted.  In truth, by noon, I was exhausted but evening sounds a lot better.  Moving is the worst! So whether its the mountain of dark chocolate peanut butter cups I ate while answering the door for trick-or-treaters or exhaustion from our move, this anti-oxidant rich, detoxifying salad is just what my body needs!!  Its full of delicious, wholesome, seasonal goodness! On a detox note, I’m hoping my very neglected skin will soak in these nutrients like crazy because…

Grown-up Twix Bars

If there was one halloween candy that I could remake into something just a bit more elevated it would be a Twix bar.  Don’t get me wrong, the original version had my whole Halloween candy loving heart as a kid… but now, something about it falls a bit flat.  Probably the waxy, too-sweet chocolate. Or the not-as-good-as-I-remember it cookie.  Or maybe its the caramel – a little pinch of sea-salt would go a long way! The result is by far one of my favorite things I have made in a long time.  Possibly my favorite recipe of the YEAR so far!  Which is saying something because there are a number…
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