Cookies, Sweet Snacks

Maple Toffee Bit Florentine-Style Oatmeal Cookies, with White Chocolate Mini Chips

I really like Florentine-style chocolate chip cookies … the thin and crispy kind. The trick to this, I think, is to make the dough and then make the cookies straight away. Letting it cool in the refrigerator firms up the butter again and then you get more “puff” to the cookies themselves. These, while not really chocolate chip cookies as their primary flavor, definitely are florentine style. The toffee bits make them even crispier. Quite yummy, if I do say so myself.

As an aside, maple extract is my new favorite flavor. If you can’t find the extract, simply boil down some syrup until it is thicker and more concentrated. Just be careful when you are doing that, as you don’t want to cause a “burned pan” disaster.
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Dinner, Lunch

Baby Back Ribs with Roasted Peach and Smokey Bacon Barbeque Sauce

After last summer’s success of my Barbeque Sauces, I was itching to make some more and seeing it is the “unofficial start to summer” this weekend (Memorial Day), I made this Roasted Peach and Smokey Bacon BBQ Sauce. And these ribs, which are the real star of the show. They were so “fall off the bone” by the time that I was transferring them to the grill, I needed to gingerly use two sets of thongs. The trick with oven smoking them is definitely the Lapsang Souchong tea. It is naturally smokey so it just enhances the flavor like crazy. They take a long time (read the entire recipe before starting!) but boy, are they worth it!
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Cookies, Sweet Snacks

Strawberry Lemon Thyme Pinwheel Cookies

It’s getting to be strawberry season in about a months time and I always go PYO strawberry picking and then make at least one kind of jam. Last year, it was Strawberry Lemon Thyme Jam. I had the last jar of it in the pantry and when deciding what to bake, come across the idea to make some more jam pinwheels, and to use this yummy jam. Yes, the thyme is a little unique, but it works well and even better in cookies.
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Lunch, Sandwiches/Paninis

Modern BLT Sandwich with Avocado and a Fried Egg

This is a Blate Sandwich. Or a Bleat Sandwich. Or even a Table Sandwich, if we were to be playing Scrabble and had the letters B L T E and A to play with. A modern interpretation of the BLT, it is a Bacon (B), Lettuce (L; I used baby arugula), Tomato (T), Avocado (A) and a couple of fried Eggs (E). Call it what you want … BLaTe, BLeaT, TaBLe or anything else, it made a yummy lunch.
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