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Make This Now! Soft Chewy Ginger Spice Cookies

Shortly after I started annelovescoffeemore about a year ago, I wrote a post about the break-and-bake ginger cookie dough that Trader Joe’s sells in November and December. I love those cookies (“Yes, every night.”) They are so easy, and they taste great. But, most importantly, they are ready to be baked whenever you need or want. The problem is, then, that these cookies are a seasonal item. TJ’s only carries them for two months of the year, so what are we supposed to do the other 10 months? Hmmmm?

This is the answer: Learn to make…

Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Bark with Raw Nuts and Dried Figs

Those of you who saw last week’s post about Challah now know that I have a special fondness for food items with a sweet flavor profile. I believe this love of sweet things is one of the reasons Halloween is my favorite holiday. I mean, sure, dressing up in a costume can be creative (not looking at you 2-holes-in-sheet ghost) and “fun” but, really, it seems logical that part of the enjoyment is a result of the sugar-high that results from eating 12 trial-size Snickers in a 5-minute span. Plus there is… Click…

Make This Now! Orange-Scented Seeded Challah

When I was little, one of the breads my mom taught me to make was challah. For those of you who don’t know, challah is a kind of braided egg bread that is traditionally served by Jews on Shabbat. During Rosh Hashana, however, the loaves are shaped into spirals or rounds symbolizing the continuity of creation. Sometimes raisins or honey are added to the recipe in order to make the resulting loaves extra sweet. My family isn’t Jewish, so I am not sure where my mom learned to make such amazing challah, but I do remember thinking it…

Life Hack: How Avocado Can Make Your Skin Smooth

The avocado: a creamy, green, glorious fruit and one of the best food reasons to live in California. I love avocado so damn much. It’s good on toast with salt, lemon and olive oil when I am feeling like a little hipster, and, as guacamole, it’s the best thing about Mexican food (and there are a so many good things about Mexican food). The best thing about avocado, though, is that it is so super good for you. According to [the 100% factually accurate] Wikipedia, 1/2 cup of avocado provides the following RDA: Vitamin C (12%), B…

This Summer Make the Most Delicious Nectarine Tart You Will Ever Eat

One of the best things about summer is summer fruit, specifically nectarines and peaches! I love them! They are so good, and they are only good in the summer. This is why I do not ever – ever ever – pass up the opportunity to make nectarine and peach tarts during the summer. They are delicious no matter what, but – for me – having peach or nectarine tart for breakfast with coffee in the morning is nothing short of heaven. It is really one of life’s simple pleasures.

So now that nectarines and peaches are officially in season, I decided to make…

Raw Cocoa Beans! It’s like if a chocolate-flavored almond and a coffee bean had a baby.

Hi! I sit here typing up this blog in a highly energetic state thanks, I believe, to the delicious handful of raw cocoa seeds I just ate. Fun fact, the stimulant activity of chocolate is due to cocoa’s theobromine content. If you happen to ever get a trivia question asking what stimulant is in chocolate and you get the answer right, I would appreciate it if you would please send me a dollar. Anyways. A couple of months ago, I was checking out some of the less “gentrified” food stalls at the Grand Central Market (#dtla…