Category Archives: Cookies & Bars

Mini Rosehip Graham Crackers

Other than their occasional presence in tea and jam, rosehips haven’t surfaced much in my life. I suppose they’ve been overshadowed by the ubiquitous flowers of the same plant: roses, which have an entirely different scent and flavor than the … Continue reading

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Mulberry Oat Cookies with Nutmeg and Brown Butter

After a recent dinner out, my dad and I popped into a tiny grocery store and picked up a random sampling of items: Mexican cactus fruit, uniquely flavored popsicles (think salted chili cucumber), and a bag of dried white mulberries … Continue reading

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In Love with Absinthe: Sazerac Cookies

The label on the bottle of absinthe in my cupboard boasts that its “complexity comes from the use of fine brandy, star anise, wormwood, lemon balm, hyssop, meadowsweet, basil, fennel, tarragon and stinging nettles.”  A tiny whiff of it, and … Continue reading

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Cardamom Banana Bites

The banana bread of my childhood was my dear grandma’s crumbly and walnut-laden loaf.  I can still taste it now, slathered with the synthetically smooth margarine she always stocked.  Being the only banana bread I knew, I really enjoyed it … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Rum Sandwich Cakes

Whenever I see the word rhubarb, I hear it in my sweet paternal grandmother’s voice. I don’t have a distinct recollection of her making a rhubarb dish, but she was a prolific pie and candy maker, so it’s certainly possible.  … Continue reading

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Lemongrass Meringues: Simple and Scrumptious

A friend of mine recently mentioned his success in cooking a dinner with lemongrass, and I was intrigued.  I always enjoy lemongrass in Vietnamese and Thai food (especially tom kha gai: that fragrant and delectable coconut milk soup) — but … Continue reading

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Cilantro Sultana Mini Pies: Golden Raisins, Honey and Lemon

I realize that cilantro falls into the same polarizing category as coconut, licorice, and raisins: for everyone that loves it, someone else hates it with a passion — whether it’s simple preference or genetics that cause the disdain. (If you … Continue reading

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