chocolate · comfort food · desserts

Make your own brown sugar (plus, a chocolate chip cookie recipe!)

We’ve all been there:  you’re in the middle of assembling a recipe, your mouth watering just thinking about the cookies or cake you’re about to make, when it hits you…you are out of brown sugar. Ok, maybe we haven’t ALL been there, but those of us who love baking most likely have. It happened to… Continue reading Make your own brown sugar (plus, a chocolate chip cookie recipe!)

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“All-American” cookie bars…plus my first ever how-to video!

It’s so much fun to bake things for people you love. Or like, even. Or just encounter walking down the street. Once I was driving by  Best Buy during the holiday season, and a young couple were playing guitar and singing with a cup out for tips. I gave them a loaf of ginger-banana bread.… Continue reading “All-American” cookie bars…plus my first ever how-to video!

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A room full of grace at Bethesda Medical Alliance

On Tuesday, December 20,  I had the honor of speaking to the ladies of the Bethesda Alliance at one of my very favorite restaurants, The Potpourri House in Tyler. What a wonderful group of women they are, and they have a great purpose: to support  the ministry of Bethesda Health Clinic, a clinic that exists “… to provide… Continue reading A room full of grace at Bethesda Medical Alliance

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Simple and Beautiful Clafoutis: A Taste of Summer in France on Your Table

As I was perusing more of my grandfather’s cookbook, which I talked about earlier in the week,  (Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, for those of you who haven’t read my most recent posts)  I came across a recipe that looked delicious and easy to make: clafoutis.   Clafoutis is a sort of like… Continue reading Simple and Beautiful Clafoutis: A Taste of Summer in France on Your Table

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Comfort

Ina Garten once said “You can be miserable before you eat a cookie; you can be miserable after you eat a cookie. But you can’t be miserable while you are eating a cookie.”    I agree with her, as long as the cookie you’re eating is a really good cookie, not some store-bought, preservative-laden,  hard and… Continue reading Cherry Chocolate Chip Comfort