Ginger-Sake Shrimp

Ginger-Sake Shrimp

Things to grab on the way home from work today.  Sake.  Shrimp.  Ginger.  A brown bag to hyperventilate in… I mean come… It’s almost 2014!  What?!

If we’re gonna freak out, we might as well do it with delicious food in our bellies.  Enter, some sassy shrimp.

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Cran Marnier Truffles

Cran Marnier Truffles

Decadence – unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence.  Yeah, that’s this.

One truffle is all you’ll need to send you into bliss, but no one will judge for indulging in several more.

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Touchdown Thursdays: Veggie Pizza

Veggie Pizza

Procrastination.  Over-extension.  These things do not mix.

And they are… me.

I bring this up to illuminate the fact that there are Grand Marnier/cranberry/chocolate truffles that required more chilling, rolling, and dipping time than I allowed in my morning.  They were supposed to be today’s post.  And are not.  Hence, this post.

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Triple-Ginger Ginger Snaps

Triple Ginger Gingersnaps

Ronald WeasleyJessica RabbitCarrot TopToriBeerConan.

Just a handful of the things that the word “ginger” brings to mind.

A request for ginger snaps sent me on a Google quest for the perfect recipe.  I love molasses and I love ginger, so when I stumbled upon this recipe that took both of these guys seriously, I knew I’d found the ONE.

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Rolo Pretzel Delights

Rolo Pretzel Delights

We’re going to take this nice and slow.  Nobody gets hurt… not on my watch!

With the shopping, the decorating, the hustle, the bustle, the cooking, the baking, the go, go, go… it’s easy to go nuts, it’s easy to land yourself in the Emergency Room with a bagel cutting knife injury, or overdose on flour ingestion.  Not this year!

And so begins it.  Three ingredients.  Minimal prep.  Minimal cook time.  Ultimate delight.

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Glazed Pumpkin Crescents

Glazed Pumpkin Crescents

Yeast.  It makes all my favorite things.  Beer.  Bread. Any other spontaneously fermented goodies.  And yet, it scares me.

Like tempering chocolate, making caramel, experimenting with bread – I’ve had mixed results.  Those yeast guys are just so darned fussy and precise.  Imagine that.

But I think I’ve got the hang of it, knock on wood.  I think I’ve cultivated enough respect and patience to see the results I desire.

So with that introduction, here is a great roll to serve on your Thanksgiving table.

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