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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Writing about Chef Duff Goldman
Photo taken from Food Network: click pic for link

Picture this: 2009, I spoke with Duff Goldman over the phone for nearly an hour.

I wrote an article about him and published it to, and my old food blog,, where I was writing at the time. That food blog is now non-existent and the Examiner site closed down and gave us very short notice to get our articles saved before they were gone for good.

One of the articles I failed to save was the one I wrote about Chef Duff. How sad, right? So, several nights ago, I decided to reach out to him again and ask if I can rewrite the article.

I am happy to announce, I have been given permission to do so! I will be publishing it very soon. Squeeee.... (that means super excited in English).


Irish soda bread recipe

Apple cinnamon sweet bread recipe

Pine nut cookie recipe

Friday, March 15, 2019

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I'm not one bit Irish, but I will definitely do my part for St. Patricks Day by baking up Irish Soda Bread! (Spotted Dog?)

I am going to share my recipe with you, as I have it baking in the oven...

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt

6 tbsp. salted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup raisins
1 3/4 cup buttermilk*

*You can make buttermilk by mixing .25 cup lemon juice in with a cup of milk.

Preheat oven to 400*.
Line jelly roll (cookie sheet with sides) pan with no stick foil.
In a large bowl, whisk first 4 ingredients.
Add butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly.
Add raisins and milk and combine.

Form dough into a ball. You will need to add a bit of flour to do this.
Separate into 2 balls and place on prepared sheet.
Use a knife to score each ball with a cross.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until light brown and bread feels more hollow than heavy.

Coat with sugar water by brushing it over the tops.
Microwave 1/3 cup sugar with 2 tbsp. water.

Cover with damp towel to keep moist and eat within 24 hours of baking!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Valentine's Day love: Baking apple cinnamon sweet bread

There is nothing quite like baking for the one you love...that definitely includes Valentine's Day baking!

Bake up a sweet treat for your special someone this year. Instead of buying treats, take your time to make one.

Apple cinnamon sweet bread is the perfect treat to bake...Click here for the easy recipe!

Perfect for dessert, breakfast or brunch, you can't go wrong with this easy recipe.

More easy sweet recipes:

Peanut butter delight recipe

Easy brownie recipe: no mixer required 

Triple chocolate chip espresso cookie recipe

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Pignoli (Pine Nut) Cookies... an old Italian recipe

I have so many "Old Italian" cookie recipes in my collection. These Pignoli (Bin-yall) cookies, I remember fondly from my childhood.

As, New Jersey, Italians, we tend to say things differently than ANYONE else in the country! Pignoli's are a nut, otherwise known as, Pine Nuts. I grew up calling them Bin-yalls and Grandma used them in her meatballs! My sister and myself used to eat them so Grandma started hiding them throughout the house, in a glass bottle. Me and my sister found them one day in the bathroom medicine cabinet and ate the whole jar! Grandma found us and chased us around the house with a wooden spoon threatening to spank us, so what did we do? We hid behind Grandpa's chair and he protected us. Crazy memory, I know...but, those were the good old days.

Here is my Aunt Mary's recipe for these sweet and delicate treats:
  • 1 pound almond paste
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanialla
  • Pignolis, 2 small packs
  • Powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375*.
Line cookie sheet with non-stick foil.
Break up almond paste.
Mix paste crumbs with sugar and breadcrumbs, using your hands.
Add egg whites and vanilla.
Roll into small balls, about 1 inch each.
Pour pignoli's onto a plate and roll each ball into the nuts.
Place on prepared cookie sheet and flatten with your hand or with the bottom of a glass.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Sift with powdered sugar.

These cookies are sweet and rich.
More Italian cookie recipes:

Italian spice cookie recipe

Italian love knot cookie recipe

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas candy: Peanut butter delights
Every year I used to host a cookie exchange. I would allow cookies or candies to be made to give. This recipe for peanut butter delights was made one year and it was a recipe I liked so much that I have saved it to my collection of favorites!

Peanut butter delight recipe
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sick margarine
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Cook sugar, milk, margarine and cocoa for 1 1/2 minutes after it starts to boil.
Stir while cooking.
Add oats, nuts, raisins, vanilla and peanut butter.
Stir until combined.
Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper and let them cool.
You can place wax paper on cookie sheet and place in fridge to cool faster.
Store in an air tight container.

More Holiday recipes:

Chocolate latte cookie recipe

Holiday punch recipe

Russian tea cake cookie recipe 4 ways

Sunday, December 2, 2018

How to make chocolate latte cookies...

photo borrowed from
They will make the perfect accompaniment to any cup of coffee. If you are not a fan of caffeine but enjoy the flavor of coffee, you can use decaffeinated coffee in this recipe.

Chocolate Latte Cookie Recipe
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 cup instant coffee (dry granules)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350*.
Line 2 cookie sheets with no stick foil.
Cream margarine and sugar together with an electric mixer.
Add eggs and mix until well blended.
In a separate bowl, mix together: flour, cocoa, coffee, baking powder and soda and salt.
Add dry mixture to wet mixture until well combined.
Add in chocolate chips and mix.
Drop onto foil lined pans each one being about tablespoon size. Drop about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Will make about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

More cookies:

Butter cookie sticks recipe 

Christmas cookie rules

Russian tea cake cookie recipe

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas cookie rules

Top 10 Christmas cookie rules (taken off the Internet)

If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

If a friend comes over while you are making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calorie free (see rule #1). It would be rude to let your friend sample alone, and being the friend that you are, makes your cookie calorie free as well.

Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have 3 and green ones have 5 - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

Cookies eaten while watching Miracle on 34th Street have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

Any cookies consumed from a plate belonging to someone else has no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!

And finally...Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories. It's a rule!

Christmas cookie recipes:

Mounds bite recipe

Holiday truffle recipes

Eggnog crisp recipe