2011

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chocolate snowflake cookies

chocolate snowflake cookies

When I was a kid my mother and her friends used to have cookie swaps every Christmas.  Everyone would make like 10 dozen cookies and then she would come home with 10 dozen different kinds of cookies from other people.  And I’m sure there were a lot of great ones, but really there were two … more

nut clusters

nut clusters

I first had these because Gerrit’s mom made them a couple of Christmases ago, and, seeing as they have a family of 3 boys, inappropriate jokes abounded and laughter ensued every time someone asked if they could get some out of the freezer.  Do you want a nut cluster out of the freezer?  And then … more

cream cheese brownies

cream cheese brownies

I think that I have been so wrapped up in unpacking and painting and taking time to sometimes tell you about the food I make, that I have neglected to actually tell you about our new house.  First of all it is amazing.  So amazing in fact that we just may never move.  But not … more

baked rigatoni with tiny meatballs

baked rigatoni with tiny meatballs

So this dish basically made me have three realizations.  One–bechamel sauces are a thorn in my side.  Two–sometimes really hard work, and having a recipe take two or three times longer than you thought it would can be completely worth it.  Three–I might have been a little crazy to make this and double the recipe. … more

peanut butter balls

peanut butter balls

Every Christmas growing up my mother would let each person in the family pick one Christmas treat for her to bake.  My dad always asks for bourbon balls.  My brother, chocolate snowflake cookies.  My mom usually makes fruitcake bites for herself (not everyone’s favorite…and famously the only thing she has ever made that Gerrit has … more