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January 2016

Cookies, Sweet Snacks

Chocolate-Drizzled Coconut Florentines

The very first thing that you will notice about these cookies is the smell. Open the container or parcel that they are in and the glorious smell of coconut is almost overwhelming, in an amazingly delicious kind of way. Coconut overload. They are crunchy, with the soft bits of coconut sort of weaved though. The chocolate is just a bonus, but makes them pretty over-the-top, if you ask me.
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Dinner, Lunch, Pasta

Mac & Cheese + Chili = Cheesy Chili Mac

Need to get some comfort food on the table in under 45 minutes? This might be the thing to try. I was really in the mood for Mac & Cheese, but had all the ingredients for Chili in the house, so ended up combining the two recipes. Turns out, it was much faster to make than one would think, and it’s a decadent (in a low-brow kind of way) and rich “sure to fill you up” kind of meal. It’s fairly mild, in terms of spice, but feel free to amp up the chili powder or add a dash of cayenne. Recipes serves 4 people, more if you make a nice salad to accompany it.
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Dinner, Lunch

Spinach Mushroom Lasagna

Cold and Snowy outside? Comfort food inside! Spinach Mushroom Lasagna to the rescue!

Note: as often is the case, the recipe is for a “full lasagna” (like about a 9 x 13 casserole dish), but pictured is a somewhat smaller version… you know, being single and all, and while I love lasagna, I don’t want to eat it for a week!

Note Two: Greater Boston got virtually no snow that hit the Mid-Atlantic. I was just looking for another excuse to make lasagna. [grin]
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Cookies, Sweet Snacks

Coffee Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
with Coffee Sea Salt

I’m sure you’ve all gathered that I have this thing with Sea Salt, especially mixed with sweet things, so I was over the moon when I was gifted some lovely salts from Atlantic Salt Works from right here in Massachusetts (Gloucester — pronounced Glaah-stah, from those of your “from away”). The one that I was most intrigued by was the Coffee Sea Salt which sounded just perfect for these cookies. Perfect!
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