Cardamom Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Cardamom Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

If you’ve never had cardamom before, you’re in for a real treat when you whip up these cardamom cookies with brown butter icing!  I remember how addicted I was the first time I tasted cardamom in a baked good.  It’s that little surprise of flavor that makes 

Cappuccino Flats

Cappuccino Flats

I realize adding a newbie cookie to the holiday line up is a risk.  Breaking traditions at Christmastime, especially this year, as we grasp for any sort of convention, is strictly forbidden. However, if you make one cookie from my cookie plate line up, I urge 

Fresh Ginger Cookies

Fresh Ginger Cookies

Cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses and ginger…there’s just something in that combination that screams holiday cookie baking.  There’s also something wonderful about a bakery-sized ginger cookie. They always feel more special, especially when they’re super-soft and chewy! These fresh ginger cookies are a must-try cookie this holiday season.  

Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Every cookie plate must have a chocolate chip cookie.  These ones are extra special, perfect for the holidays.  Chunks of dark chocolate, a delicate texture, and rich, caramel flavor make these ultra-thin chocolate chunk cookies irresistible! If you’re normally bent on eating only soft and chewy chocolate 

No-Chill Cinnamon-Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

No-Chill Cinnamon-Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

No cookie plate is complete without a decorated cut-out cookie, like the ones we remember from our childhood.  These cinnamon-sugar no-chill cut-out cookies are a must!  They are taken over the top with addition of cinnamon, something my mother-in-law introduced me to.  The best thing about this dough, 

Swedish Tea Rings – Thumbprint Cookies

Swedish Tea Rings – Thumbprint Cookies

Swedish tea rings are classic thumbprint cookies.  They’re made with a thick base of buttery shortbread, rolled in pecans and crowned with a jewel of jam. These beauties are a must on any of our family cookie plates! This recipe originated from my mother’s paternal grandmother 

Diana’s Cookie Plate

Diana’s Cookie Plate

I noticed the arrival of Christmas trees shining through neighbor’s windows earlier than ever this year, as well as an unprecedented extravagance to outside Christmas light displays around town. There’s a definite longing for the joy and hope of the Christmas season. I’m extra excited 

Slow Cooker Beef & Barley Soup

Slow Cooker Beef & Barley Soup

Slow-cooker beef & barley soup is a cross between a French onion soup and a tomato soup, with tender beef – but not too much, lots of carrots and velvety barley.  The rich broth is flavored with thyme, red wine and soy sauce (the ingrediento segreto!).  

Grated Apple Yogurt Bowl

Grated Apple Yogurt Bowl

Have you ever tried Bircher muesli? This grated apple yogurt bowl is my oat-less version of Bircher muesli, made with an apple, yogurt, almond butter and lots of cinnamon.   It’s a great make-and-go breakfast or lunch and doesn’t require any soaking time like overnight oats, 

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Frosting

In preparing for a different sort of Halloween this year, my daughters brainstormed some treat ideas to replace the standard trick-or-treating tradition. There were pleas for these candied apples, from a Pioneer Woman cooking show the girls watched with me last Thanksgiving. Although beautiful, we’re 

Sweet Potato Burritos

Sweet Potato Burritos

With such a simple list of ingredients, it’s surprising how addicting these sweet potato burritos are. The sweet potatoes, combined with almost-caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, cumin, oregano and chili powder, have that crave-worthy sweet and savory flavor profile. In fact, I find the pronounced flavor 

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Even though school is already back in session in Colorado, I can’t let the last weeks of summer slip by without sharing one of my favorite summer salad staples: caprese salad with balsamic reduction! Caprese is made with fresh mozzarella, juicy summer tomatoes, fresh basil