Sweet and Savory Chocolate Dipped Crackers with a Creamy Cheese

Sweet and Savory Chocolate Dipped Crackers

Gojee.com is having a potluck party. My dish is simple: Crackers and cheese. That’s it. It’s best to keep it simple, instead of introducing a complex dish. Of course, everyone’s dish is going to be superbly unique. It’s not a competition, but it’s necessary to try my best. After all, we drool and glaze at each other photographs. This time, we’re tasting the creation.

My idea starts with a simple recipe: Crackers. They literally take 30 minutes from prep to serving. That’s the same amount of time it takes to buy crackers at a store. These aren’t basic flour and butter crackers, for they’re “whatever’s in my pantry” flavor. I started by adding lemon to the basic recipe. Then I changed the recipe to include cornmeal and chili spices. Lastly, rosemary and wheat are classically paired together. I’m proud of my quick creation. However, there’s a little encouraging voice in my mind to push this plain cracker idea further. Read more

Chocolate and Walnut Multigrain Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate and Walnut Multigrain Oatmeal Cookies

Have a sugar craving? Think smart about it before indulging. Besides being delightfully high in sugar, oatmeal cookies have plenty of health benefits, especially the multi-grain version with flax seeds, triticale, barley and rye. Can’t find multi-grain oatmeal cereal?

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Boozy Banana Brownies

Boozy Banana Brownies
Boozy Banana Brownies

This is seriously a quickie dessert. Simple to make. A bit boozy. It’s bananas. It was made for a friend’s party at the last minute. We were planning to bring banana bread, but there was a missing ingredient. Promptly scanning the cookbooks, I decide to make brownies. Luckily, all of the ingredients for making this chocolate dessert are in the pantry, but it can’t just be a brownie recipe. This dish has to be special. Overripe bananas are still available to use. There’s a little rum in the refrigerator. Is it possible to make Brownies with rum and bananas? Sure, let’s try. If the recipe fails, we’ll stop by a wine store en route to the party. Read more

Sweet Potato and Chocolate Cream Bars

Sweet Potato and Chocolate Cream Bars
Sweet Potato and Chocolate Cream Bars

Someone said, “There goes the neighborhood’s intelligentsia,” upon hearing about a bookstore closing in the neighborhood. It was a quaint shop of diverse — mostly African-American — literature, music, and small gifts. The book store owner gladly ordered any book upon request, and she welcomed suggestions about upcoming books and authors. When I first moved into the neighborhood, seeing a book shop prominently display African-American literature, from the Nobel Peace Prize to the urban world fiction authors, warmed the heart. The shop had a cozy atmosphere with stained wooden shelves, framed autographs from notable authors, a painting of an angel reading a book that doubled as the shop’s logo, a play corner for young kids, and a long comfortable window seat. It was difficult to not stop in to say hello on the way to the coffee shop. Other times, a cup of coffee was enjoyed in the shop. Not only was the shop a place of literature, for it supported the community. It sponsored poetry events for young adults, introduced new authors, held reading workshops for children of various ages, and organized book clubs for adults. Read more

Happy Valentine’s Day {Sun., Feb. 14, 2010}

Valentine's Day Tulips 2010
Valentine\’s Day Tulips 2010
Vosges' Peanut Butter Bonbons
Vosges’ Peanut Butter Bonbons

With no planning or advanced reservations: Pretty tulips. Delicious Vosges’ Peanut Bonbons (salty and sweet!). Morning church service. An Italian lunch in Chelsea. Seeing “The Wolfman” with Benicio Del Toro. A relaxing evening with a glass of vino.

Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo