Category Archives: Holiday

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

BLT Bites – Upscale Downhome

BLT Bites | She Paused 4 Thought

Entertaining can be baffling and very costly – what to make, how much to prepare, and how to present it in a way that says, “This dish fabulous, scrumptious and worthy of a party? You can spend hours on Pinterest finding gorgeous dishes only to find out you can’t find the right ingredient or have the time to make it. Where can you turn for help? Continue reading

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

The Great Pumpkin Party

Photography by Cathy Nelson Arkle

I have been waiting all year for Fall to arrive in Los Angeles, along with “The Great Pumpkin” from Charlie Brown. Surely the Great Pumpkin descended upon numerous food bloggers Saturday, inspiring many wonderful pumpkin dishes that were not only beautiful to photograph, but delicious to sample. And that is what we did, in that order of course.

Here are some of the pumpkin dishes.
Check link at bottom of blog for all the pumpkin recipes.  

Photography by Cathy Nelson ArklePhotography by Cathy Nelson Arkle
Sugar, spice and everything nice are blended in to this pumpkin spice cake and muffins.

Photography by Cathy Nelson ArklePhotography by Cathy Nelson Arkle
Food bloggers love to take photos. Leslie (Bake This Cake) snaps a closeup, and Susan (The Home Artist) styles her soup for a great shot. Continue reading