Lemon Explosion Chocolate Truffles

Lemon-ExplosionChocolate-Truffles-2Well, usually I would be standing in my kitchen right about now, covered in chocolate, in the process of putting together my Easter-Eggstravaganza Chocolate Boxes for the upcoming Easter festivities. But, for the first time in many, many years, I will have to postpone the shindig. Postpone, not cancel~!

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GW2 No-Bake Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies

No-Bake-Strawberry-White-Chocolate-Cookies-2You know, I’ve made peace with my oven-less kitchen. I actually enjoy the challenge to work around it and come up with ways to prep typical “fresh out of the oven” dishes without one with the same delicious outcomes. As I’ve mentioned before, the one thing I was sad to let go when I moved into this house was cookies – or to be precise, the Yuletide/Christmas related gang of cookies and treats that used to be a big deal in my grandma’s kitchen.

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Creamy Belgian Spice Cookie Treats

Belgian-Spice-Cookie-Cream-Treats-2The first few weeks after the holidays always have a bit of a stale aftertaste to them in my book. After the warmth and sparkly splendor of the pre-holiday season have taken their leave, leaving our surroundings seemingly bare and cold, I always get this urge to merge this “true” winter with the postcard-perfect winter imagery our Christmas Markets and related City decorations have implanted into our heads in recent weeks.

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Mandarin Orange-Almond Caramel Pancakes with Caramelized Figs and Cinnamon Crumble

Mandarin-Orange-Almond-Caramel-Pancakes-Caramelized-Figs-Cinnamon-Crumble-3Happy New Year everyone~! I hope you guys had yourselves a fantastic blast, welcoming 2020 last night – and of course, that you’re not still suffering from the lingering “consequences” a party-related blast has in tow on occasion.

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GW2 Wintersday Special: Bolo de Mel Muffins aka “Fruitcake”

Bolo-de-Mel-Muffins-Fruitcake-Honey-Cake-3Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic time so far~ I thought I’d close off this year’s parade of recipes – which I very much hope you guys enjoyed as much as we did – with one of my personal highlights in more than one regard, which also fits this festive occasion… in more than one regard! Talk about a roundhouse swat to tick all available boxes at once.. anyways, here goes the scoop.

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Winter Chocolate Box Special – Orange & Rosemary Marzipan Chocolates

Winter-Box-Chocolates-Special-Orange-Rosemary-Marzipan-Chocolates-3Alright guys, as always around this time of the year, it’s time for my Winter Box of Chocolates! This time around I actually had help during the selection (actually, help me out on this one… does “Everything!” qualify as help along the lines of “pick two out of these five”~? Hmmm?).

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Gingerbread Panna Cotta & Blood Orange Curd

Gingerbread-Panna-Cotta-Blood-Orange-Curd-3Come November, about 75% of the people I know well enough to mark their birthdays on my calendar are about to celebrate another chapter of their lives during the next handful of weeks. Whenever there’s related festive gatherings of 3 or more people – and the promise of food – involved in the shindig, I’ve noticed a peculiar drop in the upkeep of the Birthday Cake tradition. Not in general, mind you, just the children of winter seem to have lost interest in the concept for no evident reason.

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Salted Butter Caramel & Belgian Spice Cookie Chocolates

Salted-Butter-Caramel-Belgian-Spice-Cookie-Chocolates-3Aha, temperatures have dropped down to a level that allows chocolate to make an appearance in a non-ice-creamy or unintentionally-melted state~! By now, of course, the mindnumbigly aggressive Christmas brainwash, brought to us by our favorite food industry, is already in full swing, selling Christmas sweets since mid-September.

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