Apple Pie Bars

Apple Bars

For years I read paper magazines (as did most of the world). Some I kept; other’s I didn’t. At some point I realized that I couldn’t keep all of the cooking magazines. I decided to keep Saveur. (Anyone want them? I have every issue….) With Cooking light, and the others, I cut out the recipes … Continue reading…

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies

It’s been years since I’ve baked chocolate chip cookies. We don’t have chocolate chips here for one thing. Okay, we do but they’re pathetic. I do ‘chocolate chunks’ – buy a good quality piece of chocolate and break it up with my special chocolate hammer. (If you don’t have a chocolate hammer you really should … Continue reading…

Naked Peanut Butter; Breakfast Cookies

Remember when Jamie Oliver first started his career? He was the Naked Chef…. and his tagline was ‘Not me, it’s the food !’ He was promoting simple, easy, ‘naked’ food. A few weeks ago I was approached with the idea for this post featuring powdered peanut butter aka Naked Peanut Butter. Seriously? Powdered peanut butter? … Continue reading…

The Christmas Cookie List

It’s been very cold here the last week or so…. And our furnace / boiler / chauffage is not working. That means that we don’t have heat. Okay, to be honest we have some heat. We have the fireplace and the wood-burner in the kitchen. And every time the furnace repair guy comes it works … Continue reading…

Zimsterne; silence

Zimsterne

I had thought that Zimsterne were a Swiss cookie…. At least, that’s what my mother told me. She had a Swiss grandmother. But borders were a bit blurred back then, around and before WWI. When I looked up the origin of the cookie I discovered it could be Swiss or German or Alsatian – which would … Continue reading…

Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies; lake update

Ginger Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Think of these as Ginger Snaps (old-fashioned cookie) meet Chocolate Chips and fall in love. I can’t get chocolate chips, of course, but you get the idea. When one can’t buy chocolate chips one makes chocolate chunks. One of the first kitchen utensils I bought at mon mari’s favorite DIY store was a chocolate hammer. … Continue reading…

Butterscotch Ice-Box Cookies

Butterscotch Ice-Box Cookies

I would call these Caramel Refrigerator Cookies, but it’s my mother’s recipe and she called them Butterscotch Ice-Box Cookies, so there you have it. Whatever they’re called they are really easy and have a great caramel (butterscotch) flavor. The best part is they can be left in the fridge for a few days, then sliced … Continue reading…