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Smoky, Cheesy Cookies | Dorie’s Cookies

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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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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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Olympic Inspired Recipes


The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are in full swing and people all over the world like me are glued to our television set watching the festivities. There are 88 nations represented with 2,800 participants to compete in 98 events. People everywhere are eagerly watching the competitions and enjoying the festivities. Me too, one eye on the incredible athletes and the other on the food!


Working at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France

In the past, I had the privilege of doing graphic work for three different Olympics (France, Norway & Spain). The work was interesting and fun, but what I really enjoyed was the food. Imagine, food served to accommodate and appeal to every culinary taste! For instance… I could have eaten sushi for breakfast, green curry for lunch, followed by meat and cabbage pie for dinner. And then there was the pig snout salad that we were served in France that was suspiciously too pink. Normally I live for eating strange things but that morning I had to pass, which was probably my loss.

It’d be an understatement to say that my Olympic experiences sparked an interest in international food and broadened my appeal for the many exotic flavors of the world.

Here are a few recipes which represent some of the countries that are participating in this years’ games. Enjoy these, and a few fun Olympic facts from around the world.

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Baby Hedgehog Cookies

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I don’t think I have seen anything cuter than a baby hedgehog. Their awesome adorableness has inspired many a great writer, including Shakespeare. He mentions them in The Tempest and Midsummer Night’s Dream, and refers to them as “hedgepigs” and “urchins.” He used poetic license – the proper name for a baby hedgehog is a hoglet!

I didn’t think anyone would want to eat “Hoglet Cookies”, “Hedgepig Cookies” or “Urchin Cookies” so I stayed with “Baby Hedgehog Cookies” for today’s recipe.

Know Thy Hedgehog

Here is the difference between a non-edible and edible hedgehog.

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Foolproof Fonuts Part 2 – Ooh la la Chocolate!

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Whether you are gluten-free or not, these light and fluffy Chocolate Fonuts will disappear quickly. Last week Rona and I made Lemon Fonuts and Banana Chocolate Fonuts.

This week we have taken the Fonuts to a new level with a little expert guidance.  Continue Reading →

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