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Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Last Friday, I spent nearly six hours in the kitchen baking six different recipes totaling nearly 200+ cookies! I blame Pinterest for making the decision to choose just one recipe so difficult. Over the next few days I’ll share all the recipes with you but first, I’m excited to share the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Buttery Jam Thumbprint cookies. I always thought I was a chocolate or nothing girl. I never would have guessed these would be so tasty. One bite and I was smitten and I’m sure you will be too! Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!

What is Tofu? Plus, a Very Simple Tofu and Couscous Stir-fry

I’ll be the first to admit uncooked tofu looks and feels absolutely disgusting. I love tofu in P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps and in Thai curry recipes-basically anytime someone ELSE makes it for me. So I thought: Its time for me to give it a try! To all you tofu newbies, don’t be scared away. I’ve done my research and had a few trial runs. Here are some general tofu-to-knows: What is tofu? Tofu is simply soy milk coagulated into bean curds and then pressed into a block. YUM, right? I promise it’s better than it sounds! Where can I find tofu in the grocery store? All grocery stores are different but typically tofu is in the refrigerated produce section next to the other “non meat” products. At Meijer, you can find tofu in the produce section near the hummus and the artisan cheeses. Which kind should I buy? There are several kinds of tofu you can buy: silken, soft, medium and extra firm. Which one you buy depends on what you’re making. Silken tofu is best …

Almost Autumn Salad-Tomato & Pear

It’s 64 degrees, cloudy, and I’m  indulging in my first of many pumpkin spice lattes.  Google says fall isn’t until September 23, but I beg to differ. Last night I visited my favorite little Italian seamstress who seems to have every intention of offering motherly advice whether I ask for it or not. Let me be clear: I love her, and although I may disagree with her insisting I wear a push-up bra or inferring it’s time for marriage, I know she means well. Like any Italian woman, she loves to cook. Yesterday she sent me home with all the ingredients to make a delicious autumn salad with an surprising mix of grape tomatoes and Asian pears. It is the perfect mash-up of salty and sweet and not-to-mention extremely refreshing! Here it is: Autumn Tomato & Pear Salad: 2 cups grape tomatoes (cut in half) 1 Asian pear cut into chunks 1 tsp oregano fresh basil pinch of sea salt spritz of olive oil 2 tbsp. Fustini’s Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar Toss all ingredients together and …

Double the Fun- OREO Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

A great friend of mine once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  This may be a little deep for what’s entailed to come and maybe Nelson Mandela and I were not the greatest of friends. Nevertheless, stuffing an OREO into a chocolate chip cookie was a brilliant yet terrifying venture. First, I contemplated whether the cookie was going to be too big. Is there such a thing?  Then, I was nervous that the OREO’s frosting would melt and ruin the cookie’s shape. I was ready to give up when the cookie dough wasn’t sticking to the OREO.   But this is of course has a happy and delicious ending.  I have figured out all the tricky logistics. You’re welcome. The cookies were a success and I’m ready to share! Are you up for the challenge?   Ingredients: Butter- 1/2 cup (1 stick) Light brown sugar- 1/3 cup packed Granulated white sugar- 1/3 cup Egg- 1 Pure vanilla extract-1 1/2 tsp All Purpose flour- 1 3/4 cup Salt- 1/4 tsp Baking Soda- 1/2 tsp Chocolate chips- 5oz. Oreo Cookies- 12   Instructions: …

Banana Cinnamon & Chia Seed Smoothie

  I absolutely love being able to lay in the sunshine with a great read and a smoothie in hand. It’s the many perks of summer. If you think about it, smoothies are pretty liberating. You have the freedom to throw whatever you want into this giant scary mixing machine and have a 70 percent chance it’s going to be tasty. (HINT: add peanut butter or almond for a better success rate). Another add in to any smoothie are chia seeds. Meet my newest obsession. I see a plethora of blogs and recipes using them but I have finally jumped on the bandwagon. If you’re unfamiliar with chia seeds, they are an ancient Latin American superfood, rich in fiber and Omega-3. Dry, they taste like a poppy seed. Soaked, they develop this tapioca pearl feel, plump and very filling. And yes- they are the same seeds in those 90’s ‘Ch Ch Ch Chia’ commercials.  I recently went up north for the weekend after buying way too many bananas. Nevertheless, I cut them up and put …