Composing the Perfect Cookie Jar



A well-stocked cookie jar

Our good friends recently completed a major kitchen renovation, something we have all fantasized about doing at one time or another – imagining the things we would like to change about our current set-up and the trendiest tools and features we would like to add.  The reality of living through a kitchen reno, however, is definitely a case of gain through pain. 

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Ta-daaaaa!!



It’s not an April Fool’s joke, and no, you’re not lost.  Always Leave Room for Dessert has finally had a much-needed makeover!

From this (the old)….

… to THIS brand-spanking shiny new site!

One thing I have learned throughout this process, is how much respect I have for web designers and how much work goes into what they do! I think I’ll just stick to baking and photography…

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…and she never bought bread again!



Fresh homemade french-style bread and brown butter.... all with almost zero effort

The other day, as I took a break from all this web-site mumbo jumbo that’s been filling my days, I grabbed a sandwich and turned on the FoodNetwork (what else?).  Chef Michael Smith’s Chef at Home was on tv, and he was making soup – ugh.  I don’t know if I’ve ever confessed to you

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Coquelicot Panna Cotta & Florentines



Florentine cookies with coquelicot panna cotta

The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies.

A true cookies and cream combination!  Silky panna cotta, served alongside a chewy oatmeal sandwich cookie filled with rich chocolate….

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Eating way across Europe, Part II



Café Norden’s Caramel Latte

As you’d expect, when you visit so many great countries, you get exposed to a lot of really great food, and this trip was no exception.  I found a fabulous and super sexy resto-café in Copenhagen, called Café Norden, that serves a killer mushroom pasta with grilled chicken, or, if you’re only in the need of a hot drink to warm you up, sit back in one of their pillow-lined window banquettes and enjoy a caramel latte that had me drooling while I watched them make it… thick, homemade caramel, smeared around the inside of a tall glass, a shot of espresso, topped off with some frothy steamed milk and served with a couple of delicious chocolate almond cookies…. it’s the perfect way to warm up if the wind has gotten to you.  If you ever find yourself in Copenhagen, I highly recommend you stop in at Café Norden.

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