Deluxe Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

diy chocolate sandwich cookies

Is there anything better than a chocolate cookie? I would argue that there is and it's a chocolate sandwich cookie stuffed with vanilla creme. Now, don't get me wrong: I love chocolate as much as anyone. Probably more than most people, in fact. But I always prefer treats that offer two flavors instead of just one. I'd rather have a cream cheese ...

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Butternut Squash and Kale Quiche for Fall

vegetarian quiche recipes

There can be no doubt that fall has arrived and my weekly visit to the farmers market is tinged with bitterness as I count the weeks until the market closes for another year. This weekend, I made sure to stock up on green tomatoes -- and expect an unusual green tomato recipe later this week -- apples, pears and other seasonal produce. Around ...

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Homemade Minestrone

minestrone recipe

Could you use a nice, comforting bowl of soup right now? I know I could. I spent the last three weekends -- three! -- traveling and the end result of six plane rides, two hotel stays, several early mornings and too many late nights is that I'm sick. I have an awful chest cold and cough and basically sound like a Brontë sister. Hack, cough, hack, ...

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Pumpkin Apple Bread with Garam Masala

pumpkin apple bread recipe

October means two things to me: pumpkin and apple. Luckily, those ingredients actually go together! Like in this Pumpkin Apple Bread. You use canned pumpkin in the batter -- although have you seen those articles that say that canned pumpkin is really squash? The horror! -- and then fold in chunks of delicious, diced apple right before baking. I ...

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Autumn Farro Salad with Poached Pears

salad with farro

The other night my family went out to dinner, intended to hit up the local Vietnamese place for some pho and banh mi. Yet somehow we ended up at the restaurant next door, a new place, that describes itself using every possible restaurant cliché of the moment. Chef-driven, locally sourced, seasonally inspired, blah, blah, blah. Between the ...

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Apple Streusel Tart

tart tatin

Rosh Hashanah may be over, but it is still apple season. Whether you visit an apple orchard to pick your own or stock up on heirloom varieties at a local farmers market, now is the time to enjoy the tremendous variety of cooking, baking and eating apples. Goodness knows I love a trip to the apple orchard, but when busy schedules do not allow for ...

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Applesauce Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

rosh hashanah desserts

So much of my Rosh Hashanah menu is set in stone. We have to start the meal with kreplach in chicken soup. The main course is brisket obviously. And a beautiful braided round challah is the centerpiece of the table. But what about dessert? I have never quite found the Rosh Hashanah dessert. The one I want to serve year after year. The ...

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Chicken-Stuffed Kreplach

how to make kreplach

I have extolled the virtues of kreplach, a Jewish meat-filled pasta dumpling usually served in soup, on this site several times before. They are, in fact, one of my favorite traditional Jewish foods not only because they are delicious, but also because they remind me of my grandmother, Hortense Paster, who was a marvelous cook. Grandma made ...

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Sweet Noodle Kugel

noodle kugel recipe

I am not trying to freak you out, but do you realize that the High Holidays are right around the corner? Rosh Hashanah is a week from Monday. A week from Monday, people! Okay, maybe I am trying to freak you out. I am more than a little freaked out myself because I have so much to do between now and October 2, which is Erev Rosh Hashanah, or the ...

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Coconut Sugar Peach Jam for Breakfast (Two Ways)

jam with coconut sugar

Today’s post is sponsored by Stonyfield Organic and Bob's Red Mill. As always, all opinions are my own. Are you a yogurt-for-breakfast type? Tart and tangy is how you like it - maybe with just a swirl of jam or a sprinkle of granola to take the edge off. Probiotics + protein? It's hard to imagine a better way to start the day, especially ...

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Double Ginger Molasses Cookies from Dorie Greenspan

molasses ginger cookies

A new cookbook from baking guru Dorie Greenspan is always cause for celebration. And when that cookbook is all about cookies? Well, all I can say is preheat the oven and soften some butter. Because it is time to bake. Every year in September, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, housewares giant OXO supports Cookies for Kids Cancer, a ...

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Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate Molasses for Rosh Hashanah

rosh hashanah dinner

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year celebration, begins at sundown on October 2. All over the country, Jewish families, including mine, will gather with friends and family to recite the holiday blessings, break bread and wish one another “L’shana tovah:” a sweet new year! With less than a month to go, it is not too early to start planning your Rosh ...

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Shortcake with Grilled Peaches & Rosemary

peach shortcakes

I have had such a busy summer that I have barely had time to do the things I love best: shop at the farmers market, pick my own fruits and vegetables at a pick-your-own farm, and cook for friends and family. This weekend, however, we found ourselves with a blissfully unscheduled Sunday. On the spur of the moment, I invited some friends to join ...

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Food Swap in Seattle and Portland

food swap events

The next stop on the Food Swap book tour is the Pacific Northwest! I am incredibly excited to return to Seattle, one of my favorite cities, and visit Portland, Oregon for the first time. I know: can you believe I've never been to Portland? Such an amazing food town, right? I honestly can't wait. I'm especially looking forward to the Pacific ...

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Kids Cooking Class with Ming Tsai at Macy’s

ming tsai macys

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Today's kids, raised on shows like Masterchef Junior and Chopped, love to cook. My kids are no exception.  They love to bake cookies and cupcakes and help me prepare family meals. So when I found that JR could participate ...

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Grinding Flour with Mockmill and a recipe for Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Today’s post is sponsored by Mockmill. All opinions expressed herein are entirely my own. Baking bread and pastries with whole grain, freshly milled flour is an emerging culinary trend. Indeed, some of the country’s best bakeries, such as Josey Baker Bread in San Francisco and Baker Miller in Chicago, only bake with flour they mill ...

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Food Swap in Philly and NYC

food swap

I'm back home from a wonderful week in California, which I spent promoting Food Swap, seeing friends, eating fabulous food (Tartine, Mourad, Wise Sons deli among others), checking out the new San Francisco MoMA, and attending my third International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC). (Did you happen to catch my appearance on "Good Day Sacramento" on ...

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Food Swap in California

food swap events california

I'm in California this week doing a whole series of events to promote my book Food Swap. How lucky am I? On Sunday, I joined the SF Swappers, the San Francisco food swap group that I profile in my book, for their July swap. I bought some of my garam masala spice mix to trade, the recipe for which is in Food Swap, because it was an easy item to ...

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Learn More About GMOs


Today's post is sponsored by GMO Answers via MomTrends. As always, all opinions expressed herein are entirely my own. These days, talking about agriculture can lead to some pretty tense conversations. There are many heated issues around food production including organic versus conventional farming, how antibiotics should be used, and ...

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Harissa Deviled Eggs (with no Mayo!)

lighter deviled eggs

Today's post is sponsored by Stonyfield, Le Creuset and Kitchen IQ. As always, all opinions are my own. Have I ever mentioned that my husband hates mayonnaise? Like hates it. The number of times he has failed to eat lunch entirely because the caterer pre-mayonnaised -- yes, my husband thinks "to mayonnaise" is a verb -- all the sandwiches at ...

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Summer Cookout Recipes with Stephanie Izard

macy's culinary council

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. In the pantheon of Chicago celebrity chefs, Stephanie Izard ranks among my favorites. Not only was Stephanie the first woman to win on “Top Chef,” my favorite television show, she is also a fellow curly girl and an ...

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Pokemon GO Cupcakes

how to make pokemon go cupcakes

Has Pokémon GO fever hit your house? Both of my kids have started playing the new, augmented reality mobile game and are completely obsessed with capturing wild Pokémon, gathering supplies at Pokéstops and battling at nearby gyms. It's no surprise that JR loves Pokémon GO: he's been a Pokémon fan for years. But Zuzu? Five minutes ago, she had ...

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Greetings from Martha’s Vineyard

beach photos

I have taken some time off during this crazy busy summer, that is mostly about promoting Food Swap, to spend a week with my kids and my mom on Martha's Vineyard. I have spent many happy weeks on nearby Nantucket, but this was my first visit to this much larger island. We have had a wonderful time combing the beaches, exploring the charm of ...

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Apricot and Blueberry Galette

stone fruit galette

It pains me to say it, but my husband doesn't really care for pie. It's something about the fruit-to-pastry ratio. However, I love to make pie because it's fussy and fiddly and when you get it right, it demonstrates a lot of technique. The fact that I gravitate towards more difficult recipes probably makes me unusual among cooks. A galette, ...

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Food Swap in Orlando

food swap

I'm going back out on the road tomorrow to do two book events in Orlando, Florida! On Saturday morning, at 10 am, I will be participating in a mini food swap and signing copies of Food Swap at Bookmark It, Orlando's premier independent bookstore. Bookmark It is located in the East End Market, a neighborhood market and cultural food hub inspired ...

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