pistachio, oat & tahini cookies

I’ve got a teeny tiny recipe for you today. Five ingredients, super simple, super healthy, super easy.

For our friends who read this, I know you’re all dying to get your hands on Sunday’s lunch menu…. but you’re going to have to exercise some patience. Mel & I are exhausted so it will be a couple days before we put them up. They’ll be posted in the order they were served though so keep your eyes pealed.

Back to todays little gem though. This recipe is flour-free, sugar-free & dairy-free. I’d say it was vegan, but apparently honey doesn’t make the vegan cut. I don’t understand that personally but to each their own.

Originally this recipe was seen on some greek cooking/talk-show. I don’t remember the name of it, but I do remember that we were on a boat on the way to Siros at the time. Anyway, I made a few adjustments in quantities & ingredients & now it is my recipe. Yeah that’s right, it’s mine now. I would like to say thank you to the greek show… I wouldn’t have ventured to try and make something this alternative had it not been for that episode.


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white chocolate & cranberry cookies

Can someone please explain to me what exactly it is about cookies that makes them feel like childhood? I haven’t figured it out yet.

I’m not talking about packaged, store-bought cookies that are full of preservatives, fake flavorings & some pour excuse for what ever they put in instead of butter. I’m talking about cookies that make you think of your grandmother. Or mother. Or maybe about that sweet girl/guy in school who brought you cookies when you weren’t feeling well. I’m talking about fresh out of the oven cookies. I’m talking about cookies that make your whole house smell a little bit like the holidays. Yea. Those cookies. Not packaged frozen cookies dough, but cookies made when you’ve got a craving.

I’m talking about white chocolate. Dried, slightly sour cranberries. Pretending to be healthy oats. And of course, lots of sugar and butter. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Yea, clearly we don’t do diet food on this blog. Sorry readers.

I will say this though, whether you like them loaded with chocolate, gooey, crunchy, full of fruit, sweet, a little bitter, or any other way, there is always a right time for a good cookie.

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are you ready for this… up-side-down apple & blueberry crumble pie

For the man who gave me my clumsiness, my creativity, my smile & the best memories a little girl could have ever asked for… happy birthday daddy, this beautiful apple & blueberry pie is just for you.

I miss you with all my heart.

…. & now I suppose I really ought to share a few words about what exactly is going on here.
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the best chocolate chip & oat cookies

I finally got the cookies right today. Sunday was a disaster. In an effort to try & make them a little healthier, I substituted butter & put in more egg instead so that the dough wouldn’t be too dry. Do you want to know what happened? I made cakey cookies. The flavor was delicious, but the texture wasn’t right. A cookie should be chewy or crunchy but not cakey. That’s what cake is for.

So, today at work I had a discussion about how I was trying to write the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. Perfect for me any how, everyones requests or criteria alter. After knowing how I failed last time, I made the appropriate adjustments & tried again.

The cookies were only supposed to be a test, however they are now standing proudly on display in the bakery waiting to be consumed by whomever desires my created treats.

Now, although I do not think this recipe has reached perfecting just yet, I think it is almost nearly there. I think in order for me to get them as chewy as I want them I would need to add in more sugar & butter, but I am also reluctant to do that as I don’t want them to be so unhealthy, nor do I want them to be overly sweet. If I find a different way of incorporating this amazing texture into them without upping the fat or sugar, I’ll update the recipe. For now, just enjoy them, they really are amazing. Especially hot out of the oven with a glass of milk.

oat & chocolate chip cookies

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mixing it up a little – maple scones

So I told you all that we were doing a dinner party. What I failed to mention was that I started the day off with a freshly baked breakfast.

That’s right, the start to every good day is an even better breakfast. I even excluded sugar & white flour from the recipe. Oh-so-healthy & don’t you just love it. I wont mention how much butter is in there though. It’s not like it’s an unhealthy amount, just a tad more than what you’d want to consume if you’re on a diet. Let’s be real for a second though, this is a cooking blog, not a diet blog. If there’s ever a choice between taste & calorie count, taste will win hands down every time in my books.

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