Chocolate Mints Cookies

This holiday season, I decided to dig through my collection of dessert recipes and found one for the most amazing chocolate cookies I’ve ever had. My friend brought these cookies to a cookie exchange I held a few years ago and ever since then, I was hooked. Funny thing is, I always wanted to make them at some point but never got around to it. Well, that point was last week and WOW. These cookies are super easy to make, deliver the perfect amount of mint and the recipe makes about 80 – hello, holiday gifts!! 🙂

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The Art, the Science, and the Ritual Behind Brewing That Perfect Cuppa Joe by Ian Levine

I’m always looking for the perfect cup of coffee, and a great doughnut to complement it. I’ve been everywhere from the legendary Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, California to the unique Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—driving from Maryland each time for the experience of a classic dish in and of itself. I’ve tasted roasts from all over the world: café, kape, caife, coffee, C 8 H 10 N 4 O 2 (caffeine). It seems that no matter what language you say it in, coffee evokes something in us. Maybe you think of your first taste when you were a child. Bitter. Acidic. Face like you just sucked a lemon.

When I think of java’s counterpart, I remember driving up to Philly just for a freshly fried doughnut dusted with strawberry and lavender flavored sugar. Good jamocha and doughnuts are really hard to come by. Or so it seems. I tend to think of how I desecrated my first cup with sugar. I thought I didn’t like a strong brew, when what I really didn’t like was a bitter brew. I had no idea that ordinary kosher salt could make the grounds less acidic, or that the optimum time to pour my boiled water was fifteen seconds off the burner.

Great mud doesn’t have to be hard, expensive, or time consuming. To me, it’s about the art, the science, and the ritual of brewing something that dates back to 800 B.C.E Africa; when one goat, having chewed on some cherry-red berries, changed the course of human history. It’s time to change it again.

Brew yourself the perfect cup of coffee.

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Key Lime Pie!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In an effort to be festive today, I wore my flashing clover earrings! I also made a lovely tart but sweet Key Lime Pie! Whenever I am at a restaurant (and have room for dessert), I will order the key lime pie to see how it compares to my previous pie ventures. This recipe is a mixture of 3 of the best recipes that I found online (IMHO). My key lime filling is a marriage between @iamahoneybee and @FuelinRoadie. 

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Wacky Chocolate Cupcakes!

In an effort to make a chocolate cupcake without eggs or butter, I stumbled onto this absolutely delicious and moist recipe from Simply Recipes. I was a bit hesitant at first, considering the ingredient list but am very thrilled with how this turned out (husband-approved too)! The recipe was tweaked ever so slightly…hope you enjoy!

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies

During the last snow storm, my husband and I trekked to Walgreens for some extra water. While there I thought…cookies! But not pre-packaged and not the slice and bake cookie dough, I’m talking the old-fashioned kind, where you had to actually mix the ingredients! With a little thought and creativity, we created…Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies! These are sweet, yet hearty – hope you enjoy 🙂

 

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Leave the mice, take the cannoli!

After a day of work, I visited my husband at his lab and brought dinner. A few hours of mouse surgeries later, we ventured to Vaccaro’s in Little Italy (Baltimore) and our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs. It was so worth it. Tiramisu, cannoli and choc-choc chip & mint-chip gelato- enjoy!

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