Monthly Archives: November 2011

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Cream Cheese Filling

Two cookie posts in a row?!?!  I know, I know.  ‘Tis the season, right?

I live with two little birds who sometimes make little peep-peeps for me to cook them something special.  Yes, Jeff and Casey, you make little peep-peeps.

Last weekend, as the Christmas decorations went up, they wanted Christmas cookies.  I told them to pick out the cookies they wanted and I would make them.  Because I’m such a nice sister and wife.  Sometimes.

They flipped through my cookbooks and made their selections.  Jeff wanted snickerdoodles (that’s for another time), and Casey chose the most Christmasy cookie he could find, these red velvet whoopie pies.  And if that wasn’t enough…they are stuffed with peppermint cream cheese buttercream.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 1

Spice Cookies and Happy Thanksgiving

I’m sure you have all of your Thanksgiving desserts under control.  If so, put this one on your list for your Christmas cookie power baking day. Because I’m sure you have that day, right? The one where you try to make every cookie in your repertoire, just because you can.  And you must.

Maybe skip the sugar cookie cutouts this year for something a little more interesting.  Not to mention, if you’re not exactly the Martha Stewart of cookie decorating, these are much more forgiving.

Spice cookies are the warm hug of cookies.  These ones are particularly lovely with the addition of honey for that extra depth of something-something.

Take a little nibble nibble of a spice cookie, a sip of latte, repeat.  Do it. It’s a mini holiday.

Many folks’ Christmas trees are already up, and holiday lights seem to start twinkling soon after Halloween.  What about the less glitzy, (slightly) less commercial Thanksgiving?  Though it seems Thanksgiving doesn’t get all the credit it deserves, it is one of my personal favorite holidays.

The plethora of exceptional food is, of course, one reason I love it.  More importantly, each year it never fails that I am reminded to quit worrying about little things and to focus on positivity and how truly lucky I am.  It may seem cliche to talk about what you are thankful for on this day, but I’m going to do it anyway.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 3

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Culinarian

                                                                                                                                                              Photo Courtesy Bugs and Fishes

Holiday gift shopping can be tough, especially when you have an aspiring home chef, entertainer or gourmet in your life.  How do you know what they already have, or would love and use in the kitchen?  I mean, you may be Santa, but your elves are probably on permanent vacation.  There are so many days when I wish I had a staff of elves.  Anyway…

As an avid home cook myself, I compiled this list categorized by price (because let’s face it, we all have different gift budgets).  There’s also some creative stocking stuffers and gifts to get kids in the kitchen.

I handpicked these gifts from some of my favorite retailers and artists, including Williams-Sonoma Cookware, Anthropologie, Sur La Table, DEAN & DELUCA, artist Carrol Boyes, Amazon, Crate & Barrel, UncommonGoods and more. Each item is available online to make your holiday shopping a little easier.

Whether you’re shopping for friends, family or, ahem…yourself, these gifts will inspire your home cook to create all kinds of goodness in the kitchen.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Leftovers | Comments: 3

Mom’s Sausage, Apple and Pecan Stuffing

Everyone has a dish that defines their Thanksgiving table.  This one dish can bring back memories of holidays past, and carry on family traditions for future generations.

I happen to be very blessed and come from a family of amazing cooks.  I’ve never had a bad meal for any holiday or special occasion.

That said, I do have my favorites, and my mom’s stuffing is one of them.  It’s a little taste of home.

Every person has a different interpretation on what stuffing is to them.  There are hundreds of interpretations and schools of thought when it comes to what is, and should be, in stuffing.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 3

Magical Rice Krispie Treats and Will Bake for Food 2011

When I decided to participate in Will Bake for Food, a food blogger bake sale for charity, I immediately thought of bringing the most fun, whimsical treat in my repertoire.

In Tacoma, we have a fabulous bakery called Corina Bakery.  Every so often, they make these amped-up Rice Krispie treats that are a fruity twist on the classic ones. My husband loves them, and this last year, I went to buy him one for his birthday.  Alas, they hadn’t made any that day.  Determined not to disappoint, I recreated them at home.

Yes, they are a sugar bomb.

But who can resist sprinkles and colorful candy?  Kids and adults alike can’t keep their hands off of them.

Will Bake for Food was yesterday, and these were my most popular sellers by far.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 7
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