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Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Lemon, Poppy Seed and Almond Cake, with Blueberries and Sweetened Greek Yogurt (GF, but not dairy free)

The other day, a friend of mine mentioned that she had a craving for lemon poppy seed “something” … muffins, pound cake, etc. I saw this recipe online, modified it a bit and had a go. It is Gluten Free and just uses almond meal instead of flour. If it were to make it again, I would cut down on the almond meal and make it half with regular wheat flour (seeing I have no real reason to be eating gluten free). Also, I think that a great improvement would be to use wild blueberries, instead of the cultivated ones, as they just don’t have enough flavor. But alas, it isn’t blueberry season until a few months from now, so I used what I had.
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Cookies, Sweet Snacks

Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut and Ginger Shortbread

Cookie time! Yes, in my never-ending attempt to make every cookie conceivable, here is yest another cookie recipe. Note that this is unsweetened coconut (aka desicated coconut), not the usual shredded sweetened kind. A bit harder to find, but I’ve found it at Whole Foods and pretty much any place that sells Bob’s Red Mill stuff. This recipe makes a lot (+/- 80 cookies) so halve it if you like. Also, my flat smells delicious: butter, butter, butter, coconut and ginger. Sweet!
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Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Pistachio and Spicy Salted Caramel Deep Chocolate Brownies

Over the years, I have posted a lot of brownie recipes on this site. They are perhaps my favorite “go to” thing when I have to make something in a hurry, because even the “from scratch” type of brownies don’t take very long to make and you can add so many varying flavors to them. Case in point: these Pistachio and Spicy Salted Caramel Deep Chocolate Brownies. Make your own spicy caramel sauce and a gourmet style brownie is made. Also, I love the whole salty and spicy thing on chocolate, so I used the Falk Salt Chipotle Sea Salt again.
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Appetizers/Starters, Savory Snacks

Goat Cheese, Grilled Aubergine and Ramp Chimichurri Crostini

The other day, I made this Ramp Chimichurri which is out of this world, and I mentioned that you can use it on a bunch of things besides just steak. Here is one of those things. The chimichurri moved this from “hey, I have a bunch of random ingredients that I need to use up before they go off” to “wow, this is one heck of a snack in just under 30 minutes of work (and would be much less except that you should salt the eggplant for a bit, lest they get soggy). Cheeky little snack in the middle of my Thursday.
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Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Apple Pie with Whiskey-Soaked Tart Cherries

I woke up this morning in a horrible mood. Well, I am not sure that “waking up” was actually part of the equation as I had been awake for the most of the night. There were some bad dreams and the weather was horrible, with pelting rain and thunder and lighting. The cats were none too pleased about the whole thing and I just didn’t get a good night’s rest. I felt completely discombobulated.

But for me there is something about being in the kitchen that allows me to reset. So I did just that, even though it was a busy morning with my “real life”. I love pie but didn’t really have enough apples for just a regular apple pie, but I did have a jar of tart cherries. I steeped them in some whiskey as I was making the pastry and voila: Apple Pie with Whiskey Soaked Tart Cherries. The flowers are intended to be cherry blossoms, because it is, in theory, that time of year. Oh, and it stopped raining, and my mood has improved.
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