Chewy {Gluten-Free} Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy {Gluten-Free} Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you’re on a quest for something truly good, it’s never enough to settle for your first option.

I mean, like when you REALLY want a chewy chocolate chip cookie to dunk in your coffee, can you actually be 100% happy with something that came from a box?

For me, boxed cookies can’t even compare.  It’s like the difference between a high-res photograph of a beautiful sunset and a flip phone picture… of that first picture.

I’m not trying to be pretentious, I just appreciate something with real ingredients that came from an actual oven sometime in the last day.  You know?

Speaking of real, I doubt there could be any more real culture and art than in a place like here in Seattle.  Oh, wait, did I forget to mention I’m visiting Seattle?  Well I’m here for the first time, and it’s been quite a grand old time so far.

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Not Your Nana’s Tres Leches Cake

Not Your Nana’s Tres Leches Cake

Much like schnitzel-eating, bull-riding, and caber-tossing, tres leches cake-baking is not a tradition that my family has ever held. 

However, once I was introduced to the concept of the delicious, drenched, sweet cake, I was hooked!  It is almost like what you get when you top a cake with ice cream, and let the ice cream melt into it for a bit.  It’s just too tasty!

But, as I do with all good recipes, I had to tweak it and make it my own.  And add chocolate, of course, because tomorrow is National Chocolate Day!

That’s why this is not your Nana’s tres leches cake – albeit with the highest respect to all Nanas out there with their awesome, traditional, tres leches recipes.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Chocolate Crust

Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Chocolate Crust

Happy Birthday!

In my family, it’s basically birthdays all around this weekend.  My dad’s birthday is today, the U.S.A.’s is tomorrow, and my mom’s is the next day.  The fireworks celebration between my parents’ birthdays has always seemed very fun and appropriate.  Well, when the rain doesn’t come down and keep the fireworks from happening, anyway!

Unfortunately, for the last few years, I have been unable to visit my parents on their birthdays, so the holiday hasn’t felt quite as celebratory in a while.  What I’m happy about this year? I’m actually...

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Chili Chocolate Almond & Cantaloupe Parfait (Giveaway!)

Chili Chocolate Almond & Cantaloupe Parfait (Giveaway!)

We live in a world of opinions.  Because we have freedom of choice, disagreements among people have been flying around making things difficult since, basically, the beginning of time.   

Still, while the world may not agree on many things, we do ALL agree on one thing.  Cake is delicious.  Everybody likes cake.  Right?  Even more than that, as one wise donkey said…

You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's get some parfait," they say, "Hell no, I don't like no parfait."? Parfaits are delicious! 

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