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Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Pie

Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Pie

Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Pie

This Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Pie is OUTRAGEOUS!   If you are a caramel fanatic like me, you will be in a dream state from the very first bite.  It’s as easy as pie to make too.  It just requires a little patience.  Patience because you will be learning to make a caramel sauce, which is one of my favorite techniques to teach students. (more…)

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December 18, 2013 at 10:31 am 4 comments

Grasshopper Pie: A Festive Christmas Dessert

A Mad Men era Cocktail: Grasshopper as a Pie is Minty and Festive.   

Grasshopper Pie

Grasshopper Pie

Mad Men fans, check this out!  If you love mint, you are going to LOVE and fawn over this Grasshopper Pie that we made last year in our Pie class.  With it’s minty green color, it was so festive looking, so I made it for our Christmas dinner.  I knew that my chocolate-loving in-laws would go bonkers over the chocolate OREO cookie crust and the chocolate shavings on top.  The combination of the creamy and minty interior paired with the chocolate literally sent me over the edge.  It was that good!  I haven’t made it since last Christmas, although I have wanted to.  This year it is going on the menu again! (more…)

December 11, 2013 at 9:55 am 2 comments

Sugar Cookies – a versatile recipe for mix-ins

Cranberry-Orange-Walnut Sugar Cookie 12-13 IMG_8772Not a lot of time to bake cookies this year?   Try this delicious Sugar Cookie recipe and do some mix-ins.

At the cookie exchange.

At the cookie exchange.

That’s what I did to create this Cranberry-Orange Walnut Sugar Cookie when I was pushed against the clock before meeting up with the outrageous bakers in the Food Bloggers of Los Angeles for our annual Cookie Exchange.  (See links to all the FBLA recipes below.)   This was my first time at this event, since it usually conflicts with my Holiday Cookie Baking Class, which will be next Saturday, December 14, 2013. (more…)

December 10, 2013 at 9:19 am 16 comments

Chocolate Dream Bars

Chocolate Dream Bars 500x 9-12I’ve updated this Chocolate Dream Bars recipe from my 1973 Pillsbury Cookbook. All the girls in Minneapolis were given this cookbook when they came “of age”.  The combination of the cookie crust along with chocolate, walnuts and coconut are dreamy, hence the name. They are gooey and full of all the “good stuff” in one cookie. When I grew up in Minneapolis, the church ladies would always make loads of bar cookies. Chocolate Dream Bars were on every bar cookie tray in Minneapolis. My earliest memories of learning to cook were baking Christmas cookies with my mother. As an adult, I have always wanted to share the experience of baking cookies together with others, particularly children. (more…)

December 3, 2013 at 10:48 am 1 comment

Holiday Cookies Baking Class – December 14, 2013

Santa 12-11I haven’t even shopped for our Thanksgiving meal, but I’m talking about Christmas Cookies already.  It’s an annual tradition.  Saturday, December 14 will be our 10th annual of baking cookies as a group at the Holy Nativity Community Hall in Westchester.   There’s always been flour, sugar, butter and kids.  The kids are what make it special – watching as maybe they make their very first Christmas cookie ever – decorating the sugar cookies as only a child can.  (more…)

November 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

How to make Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving

Cranberry Sauce 11-12 IMG_2606If you are counting down to Thanksgiving, you may want to start your food preparation and the first thing you can make is the cranberry sauce.  This is a basic recipe for Cranberry Sauce.  Yes, there are other fancier versions – compotes, chutneys, with all kinds of fancy ingredients, but my family demands the basic cranberry sauce – the one on the back of the Ocean Spray package.  If you’ve never made this, it is way easier than pie!  More on pies later, as I am teaching our Pies and Tarts Cooking Class this week. (more…)

November 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm 1 comment

Candied Pecans top Red and Green Salad

Red-Green Salad 1-13I could eat this salad every day.  It is sweet and delicious.  I prepared this festive Red and Green salad for several holiday parties, but now I’m still eating it alongside my winter soups.  I like the marriage of the red radicchio and romaine as a base to add some good things from the season. (more…)

January 15, 2013 at 10:15 am 1 comment

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Patricia K. Rose

I am a Chef, Cooking Teacher and Food Blogger. Learn how to create delicious and healthy food in a FLASH.

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