The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Chocolate-Covered Shortbread

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It's not the star drooping slightly at the top of our Christmas tree. It's not the multi-colored packages spilling out beneath it. It's not the lights winking at me as I walk down the street. It's not even the snow lying (ever-so-sparsely) on the ground. When it comes to Christmastime at my family's house, the most anticipated, highly demanded and absolutely necessary component to making Christmas feel like Christmas is...homemade Chocolate-Covered Shortbread. It's a tradition. It's loved by all, even Santa (I have photographic evidence to prove ...

Almond Oatmeal Cookies, In Real Life

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"Lost in a maze with strangers but not too upset about it." This is what I wrote in an almost illegible scrawl in my dream journal (yes, I did say dream journal and if you don't keep one you probably should) when my alarm woke me at 5:14 yesterday morning. I don't remember the dream; I don't even remember writing those words in my journal. So I have to wonder which maze I was lost in and who the strangers might have been. Was the maze New ...

You Gotta Chai These Out

If there's one thing you can be sure my kitchen is stocked with at any given moment, it's chai tea. I started drinking chai in high school, when those boxes of Oregon Chai concentrate were all the rage...just fill a mug half full of tea, half of milk, heat it, and you've got comfort in a glass. I'd drink a mugful every morning before catching the early bus to school. Today I prefer using tea bags, because I can control how much sweetener I add ...

Pleasurability

Growing up, my brother and I had completely different approaches to food. He was the kind of person who would forget to eat, who wished he could take a magical once-daily pill to fulfill his nutritional needs rather than taking time out for several meals (luckily, he has since reversed that mindset). I, on the other hand, regarded meal time as sacred, and often wondered what was for breakfast soon after finishing dinner. For me, food isn't about sustenance. It's not even about achieving optimal nutrition (I'll devote ...