The Amazing Praline Cheesecake

In a world of many delicious cheesecake recipes this one is pretty hard to beat.  The crust is nutty, the filling has a lovely, subtle brown sugar and pecan flavor and the top is glazed with maple syrup– three layers of delicious Southern flavors.

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The more things change…

After a long respite, it is back to the keyboard for more thoughts on food and cooking and eating.  Much has happened and changed during this hibernation period,  personally,  locally and especially globally, and yet of course, just as the wise French proverb reminds us, so much has stayed the same.  Sometimes the unchanged is truly cause for despair, but also there are times when the familiar and established can provide comfort and perspective when we need it most.

We are all well aware of the political turmoil and unrest, the divisions and hostilities within our society, the environmental tragedies and educational and economic challenges.  Each of these can seem insurmountable and perhaps some of them are.  Sometimes maybe all we can do in the moment is to be aware of the small pleasures we share and hope that those moments multiply.  Surely some of the most universal community is formed over the stove, the table and the basket of shared bread.

Ginger-lime sandwich cookies– double the pleasure, double the yum!

If one cookie is good, of course two cookies are better,  and if you happen to  put something delicious in between the two, well, then  it might just become sublime…  An especially nice treat is a lime and ginger sandwich cookie.  A basic gingersnap cookie is the base, and it needs to be quite firm,  formed into a ball with a scoop so the cookies are of similar size, and flattened slightly for the best sandwich form (maximum frosting piling).  Fill with a good amount of buttercream frosting with lime zest and juice and there you are, one afternoon snack coming right up. Read More