Archive for May, 2009

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Salted Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies

When I was younger and naive to the extent of flavors and ingredients in the culinary world, I thought there was only one type of salt- iodized table salt that people needed in their diets to prevent goiters. Then I grew older and wiser, a natural progression. In fact, there are numerous

17May2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Saffron and Cardamom Panna Cotta

When I go grocery shopping, there are three things I practically stockpile every time: butter, heavy cream, and eggs. If I could carry Sam’s Club or Costco-sized loads of these products home on each occasion I would. Living in a city where you have to carry your groceries for blocks completely changes

17May2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Lavender-Scented Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

This cookie was inspired by a number of things- the approaching holiday celebrating all things motherly, springtime in Chicago, and a recent trip to a spice merchant. I wanted to make something that is perfect for giving to moms this time of year; perhaps a bit floral, a bit feminine, fresh, and

5May2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Chocolate Stout Milkshakes

I’m sitting on a lot of ice cream, folks. Nothing makes ice cream disappear faster than making a couple of milkshakes. I love the incredible pairing of Guinness beer and chocolate and it’s a combination that’s been on my mind lately. So, naturally, when I was going through cookbooks (something I do

4May2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Pastry School Update: Sugar Candies, Ice Creams and Sorbets, Plated Desserts, & Jam-Making

Again, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted about school. I’ve never experienced such a period in my life where the days, and weeks…and months literally fly by. But I am back, and hoping to stay around a bit. I’ve got a zillion recipe ideas crashing around in my head and I want

4May2009 | | 7 comments | Continued
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