Cashew Cacao Espresso Bean Cookies

Just recently, I awoke on a Saturday morning, and Brian said to me, “what would happen if you put chocolate covered espresso beans in a cookie?” “Let’s find out!” I quickly responded. So we did. We (or I) also wanted to “find out” what would happen with the gorgeous addition of some super fantastic Artisana…

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Chocolate Sesame Miso-Sweet Potato Pie

Can you imagine the umami goodness of sesame and miso kissed with the subtle sweetness of cashew butter, vanilla, and sugar, all whipped into the hearty seduction of chocolate and sweet potatoes and baked into a pie? Now you can.

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Chocolate PB & J Muffin Cups

Well, okay, they’re not really peanut butter, but they really are super chocolatey, filled with strawberry jelly goodness, and phenomenally delicious. And instead of peanut butter – they are secretly filled with creamy ground cashews – even better. Trust me! We’ve all decided there’s nothing better than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate (any…

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Berry Walnut Cream Phyllo Turnover – Hot Mess

Traditionally, turnover pastries are made with a puff pastry or flaky croissant-like base. I decided to “turnover” the rules a bit on this sweet treat, and use a super duper flaky phyllo dough as the crisp, decadent base. Filo (or phyllo) (Greek: φύλλο “leaf”) is a very thin unleavened dough used for making pastriessuch as baklava and börek in Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Filo-based pastries are made by layering…

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Raw Orange Spiced Chocolate Tartlettes

Well, it’s OFFICIALLY baking season. Actually, I believe the holiday baking and cooking whirlwind began weeks ago ~ I know I’ve been busy and it’s only going to get more hectic. Thus, I’ll take a little break from baking in the kitchen, perse, but refuse to give up the sweet spiced goodness of the season. As a result,…

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Thai Cashew Ginger Chicken Pastry Star

Honestly, how could you not absolutely love everything about Thai food? It’s clean, it’s fresh, it’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s spicy, it’s both pungent and fragrant, and it’s so very satisfying. I have to admit, it’s been awhile since I’ve treated myself to anything of the “Thai” variety. You see, I’m a softie when it…

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