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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

Baking & Decorating Christmas Cookies with the Kids

Cookie Cover 12-12This was our 9th annual Holiday Cookie Baking Class and I’ve discovered it’s all about the kids.  Baking cookies may be the first step for a child in their journey of learning how to work or play in the kitchen. (more…)

December 20, 2012 at 10:11 am 5 comments

Holiday Cookie Baking Class – December. 8, 2012 + Vote for my Cookie

Make Chocolate Dream Bars at our Holiday Cookie Baking Class – Dec. 8.

I NEED YOUR VOTE BEFORE NOVEMBER 12!   I’ve entered the Chocolate Dream Bars we served at the Holy Nativity Fundraiser into the LA Times Holiday Cookie Contest. Those of you who tasted these, know how dreamy they were.  Would you like to help me and vote for them?   If so, click here.  Enter Chocolate Dream Bars into the search box and you can vote for them along with get the recipe. Voting closes November 12, so do it today!  (more…)

November 7, 2012 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

Nutmeg Log Cookies

Nutmeg Logs

Nutmeg Logs

Last year my friend Mary gave me a gift of her Christmas cookies.  I felt so lucky to taste these creations that were handed down from her mother.  I had read all about them the previous year in the December 16, 2009 Los Angeles Times.  I had saved the newspaper clipping and had intended to make them one day, but I was doubly pleased to see and taste them the way she experienced them as a child.   I confess that my sweetie didn’t get many of them!

Every year, I teach a Christmas Cookie Baking Class at the Holy Nativity Community Hall and so I decided this year that we would make the Nutmeg Logs that Mary wrote about and see if they could measure up to hers.  I could not find the rum flavoring in her ingredient list, so I went with some rum out of my liquor cabinet –and added more of it, since we didn’t have the concentrated version.  I thought the Nutmeg Log team of Karen and Jeanine did a beautiful job creating these. (more…)

December 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm Leave a 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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