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Smoky, Cheesy Cookies | Dorie’s Cookies

Smoky Cheesy Cookies | She Paused 4 Thought

Meet Dorie Greenspan, the cookie-whisperer. She creates little marvels, many of which actually come to her in the middle of the night as she dreams.

Dorie is the definition of multi-accomplished. She has the inquisitive mind of a child and birthed a cookie monster, her son Joshua, who ran the cookie boutique Beurre & Sel in NY with her. Dorie acquired techniques from working along side of masters Julia Child & Parisian master pâtissier, Pierre Hermé. In addition, she has authored 12 cookbooks and is credited with creating more than 300 cookie recipes. Continue Reading →

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Heavenly Blueberry Pie & a Tribute to my Father

Blueberry-Pie

“Farming is simply gambling with dirt”, or so says Mark Twain and most farmers. So to hear a bet placed in my childhood farming household was common. The conversation went like this; Dad: “If I’m right, you have to bake me a home-made blueberry pie”. Mom: “If I am right, you have to take me on a trip around the world”.

Unfortunately, dad would end up with a blueberry crisp (a crime for a pie-lover) and mom would end up with a trip somewhere in the world, not around it. The job of making blueberry pie fell to me; I happily obliged, and through making pies I grew to love them. Thanks, Dad. Continue Reading →

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Mango with Seville Orange Sauce

Mango & Seville Orange Sauce | She Paused 4 Thought

If you are an orange marmalade fan like I am, this quick and impressive dessert is for you. With only four ingredients and in only 20 minutes you can have a delightfully sweet and tart ending to any meal.

Seville oranges, also known as the sour orange, are best known for making marmalade. If you try to eat one like a regular orange you will be unpleasantly surprised, They’re tart and bitter, even though they smell like heaven. But once you cook them with sugar, they are transformed from sour and bitter into sweet and tart. Because Seville oranges are in season December through February, they’re a perfect winter pick-me-up. So don’t waste any time and get yourself some – check specialty markets, Whole Foods or order them online at Melissa’s Produce. Continue Reading →

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Gingerbread Bon-Bons

Gingerbread Bonbons | She Paused 4 Thought

Gingerbread is one of my favorite scents to come wafting out of the kitchen at Christmas time. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate my favorite holiday flavor, so when I needed a sweet treat to bring to several cookie exchanges, I knew something “gingery” was brewing.

I looked for inspiration from my trip to Brazil earlier this year in which I had my first experience with a popular homemade soft and chewy candy called Brigadeiro. They traditionally combine chocolate and caramel, but the possibilities are endless as you can mix in about any flavor you like to these no-bake, gluten-free treats. Continue Reading →

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Brigadeiro – Brazilian BonBons

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When I was in Rio de Janeiro I fell in love with Brigadeiros. A Brigadeiro {Bree-gah-day-roo} is a caramel fudge-like truffle. It is a popular candy in Brazil that is served as a dessert and most birthday parties. One bite of this soft and chewy deliciousness, and I knew I had to make them. Continue Reading →

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