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Eat a Dozen: Lime Meltaways

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Sometimes you just eat them all. You know those cookies, that are so amazing out of the oven that you keep munching on them until, lo and behold you’ve eaten them all!  Every now and then I try out a new recipe and that’s just what happens. These lime meltaways are the stuff of dreams! Have fun baking and eating(all of ) them. 

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Recipe, Sweet Things

Cinnamon Gingered Sesame-Almond Bark: Quick and Fun Holiday Bark

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I’m all about experimenting with different kinds of holiday bark. When I saw this Gingered Sesame-Almond Shortbread version from this month’s Martha Stewart Living magazine, I knew I had to try it!

Not only was it super easy, but also really fun! I loved decorating the bark with the different layers of toppings. I mostly stuck to the recipe, but just had to add some cinnamon (who doesn’t like cinnamon during the holidays?) and sprinkle some demerara sugar on top to make it really sparkle.

The pretty bark slices that result are perfect to add some holiday sparkle to your dessert table as well as a perfect present for family and friends!

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Recipe, Sweet Things

Chocolate Wafers: Perfect as a cold day’s treat

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As we settle in for yet another snow storm, I thought I’d share a yummy recipe that is perfect to munch by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate or even some spiked egg nogg. These chocolate wafers, were such an incredible hit over thanksgiving with all fourteen members of my extended family, that I set out to make them again, this time just for me.

The wafers are crispy yet moist and most of all have a wonderful balance of rich to sweet. Also, the fact that they are made with cocoa makes them a healthier alternative to other holiday season sweets!

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New York, Restaurant Review

Dinner at Daniel: Elegant but not Innovative

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Sometimes all the perfect ingredients, no pun intended, for a restaurant to be amazing are there and yet….

My dinner at Daniel a few weeks ago was equal parts lovely and disappointing. Daniel is one of the few three star Michelin restaurants in Manhattan that was left on our list, and maybe we sub-consciously avoided it, for good reason.

While the service is friendly, if overly chatty for such a refined atmosphere, the food failed to impress us, at least on a three star level. If Daniel had a mere one star, we may have been happy, but at three stars and $220 per person before wine that is, we felt a bit cheated.

Nothing about our experience, save the handbag pouf (maybe), was remarkable. Although the food was delicious, well made and overall faultless, nothing was surprising, transcendent or innovative in the way we have come to expect from those hallowed restaurants that receive three stars in Manhattan.

However, my gripes aside, a dinner at Daniel, if you have some spare change to lose, is a lovely evening, an excuse to get dressed up and an opportunity to eat some excellent food. Just don’t go expecting to get your mind blown and you will be more than satisfied and leave happily full!

Contact Information:

Website: http://danielnyc.com/

Location: 60 East 65th Street New York, NY 1006

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Recipe, Sweet Things

Sunday Snow: Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake

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When it’s snowing outside on a Sunday, a certain beautiful melancholy results. I was in the mood for something sweet and instead of cracking open a box of cookies or chocolate and dealing with an onslaught of guilt, I decided to bake something sweet. Eating my own sweet treats never leads to guilt only accomplishment and true eating pleasure!

I decided upon this recipe from Joy the Baker. It is easy, quick and lends a delicious aroma to any winter kitchen. I doctored the recipe a bit to suit my pantry and palette, leaving out all the nuts, using half the amount of cranberries and leaving out the drizzle.

Nothing says winter, snow and sunday like an orange, cranberry coffee cake!

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Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Roam: California Style Burgers

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You can probably tell from reading this blog that I would be a huge burger fan!  I grew up eating my mom’s homemade turkey grilled burgers sipping her special freshly squeezed lemonade. As a result, I’ve never been able to stomach the greasy, fatty burgers that are so ubiquitous in America, which makes my soft spot for healthy(ier) versions that much sweeter.

My friend, a San Francisco native, steered us towards Roam for dinner yesterday and the resulting burger I gulped down was amazing.

The concept of picking a meat, a style, type of bun or even building your own, is as novel as it is yummy. I picked a turkey burger, Tejano style (Pepper Jack, Jalapeño Relish, Avocado, Tomato, White Corn Strips, Herb Ranch) with a gluten free bun. I’ve never eaten a gluten free bun before and much like the pasta version, the bun is light to the taste and to the tummy. The lighter bun really served to highlight the meat and accompaniments. The turkey was perfectly cooked and the pepper jack , avocado and especially the white corn strips, felt indulgent, (maybe not so healthy), but very fresh!

All in all, the artisan burgers at Roam, are the kind of food that lets you know you are in California, where everything is cooked with just that extra serving of healthy!

Contact Information:

Website: http://roamburgers.com/

Address: 1785 Union Street, San Francisco CA 94123 and 1923 Fillmore Street, San Francisco CA 94115

 

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New York, Restaurant Review

Cantina Corsino Italiana: Unassuming Yet Hearty Italian Cuisine

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Sometimes the traditional, trendy or fancy Italian restaurants in New York get a run for their money from a unassuming unknown ones, such is the case with Corsino, although it is not completely unknown.

It is definitely one of those restaurants that from the road looks like the kind of place I would usually walk by without a thought not somewhere I typically envision lingering over a heartwarming meal. I picked the restaurant because of a stray online review that wrote such a glowing review of the food that I just had to try it out.

I decided that having a girls dinner at this hidden gem would be perfect, at least if the food didn’t turn out to be good we could enjoy some girl talk over red wine.

Luckily, we had the opportunity to do both. The interior of the restaurant while plain is very cosy and comfortable, almost casually luxurious. The lighting gives the room an even glow and by the time we left the restaurant was beyond packed with people and an accompanying cheery buzz of energy.

My friend started with a crostini and because she couldn’t pick, the waiter brought her both, the second on the house. I got a substantial taste of the ricotta & orange honey toast and it was just delicious, although it was orange infused cheese it would have been that much more sublime.

Then, we split a bowl of the potato soup of the day, and luckily we did because the split bowls we each received were brimming to the top with soup. The soup was hearty and filling and actually made my main course feel light in comparison.

As usual, we both ended up picking the same pasta, and we both ordered the gluten free version. It was the first time I’ve ever tried Gluten free pasta and it was a surprisingly pleasant experience. Gluten free pasta is airy, light and doesn’t sit heavy in the stomach as a result.

I know this sounds crazy but I’ve been searching for a good lemon pasta for more than two years now, ever since I tried a heavenly version at my cousin’s bachelorette party. For some reason I’ve never asked my cousin what restaurant we went to that night. The lemon fusilli at Corsino, mixed with fresh scallion, chili & pecorino romano was light, lemony and just that touch of creamy. Even though it wasn’t the pillowy, lemony version I tried two years ago, it was enough to inspire me to text my cousin from dinner. Apparently the name of the restaurant with the heaven sent lemon pasta is Supper, and you better believe I will be going there the next chance I get!

After we devoured our pasta my girl friend ordered the chocolate torta. I tried a spoon and it was rich, and decadent, the perfect way to end an Italian meal. I decided to end my meal with another glass of red wine and the cremont cheese, a great creamy cheese that was wonderful with my wine.

All in all, the dinner was hearty, a kind of professional comfort food. The restaurant was comfortable and perfect for the night you want to stay in your flannel (I did) and your rainboots (I did) yet also indulge in really good down to earth Italian fare.

Contact Information:

Address: 637 Hudson Street NY NY 10014

Website: http://www.corsinocantina.com/menu/

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