Swedish Nuts

Swedish Nuts

Also known as Crack Nuts, Nuts on Crack, Incredibly Sugary and Buttery Nuts or "OhmayGod How Come I Can't Stop Eating These" Nuts. 

I am very particular when it comes to nuts. I don't mind them whole and salted as a snack or in a bowl that you pick over at a party. I only like salted peanuts on a plane because that's when they taste the best but will avoid them in say, trail mix and go for the cashews instead. 

I definitely do not like them in most cookies, unless they are ground so finely like in these Almond Crescents or macarons that I don't know they are there. And certainly not in cakes, brownies or doughnuts.  And never, ever in ice cream. Rocky Road and I were not friends as a child. Nor pistachio with chunky bits. 

Maybe it's a texture thing but I have never been one to enjoy the feeling that nuts leave in your teeth, especially in your back molars. 

So of course, it took me many years to like these nuts. 

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Almond Crescent Cookies

Almond Crescent Cookies

I'm in a major baking phase and more so than usual, especially when it comes to cookies. 

I don't know if it's the holidays or the fact that in winter I prefer to be burrowed inside rather than outside or that I have this deeper desire than usual to share food with people but I have realized I could make food all day long and be tired at the end but happy.

So after being abundantly appalled that my kitchen is now fully stocked and prepared for any baking disaster (this includes 4 pounds of butter, 10 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of white sugar, 4 pounds of brown sugar, loads of nuts and eggs), I'll be making whatever cookies I can this December. 

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

It's hard to believe that in a few days September will be over and that once October hits, it's one thing after another. 

It's a crazy few months of all things fall-like, my birthday, Halloween, more fall things, Thanksgiving and then Christmas and New Year's. I always find that during this time of year, I have big intentions to make lots of exciting food-related things. And while my mind is already brewing of what to bring to Thanksgiving and how to take advantage of all the comfort foods I can, in the blog/food world, the end of the year creates this kind of pressure of creating food that is especially seasonal/holiday specific. 

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Chewy Spiced Ginger Snaps

Chewy Spiced Ginger Snaps

So, December is here.

And just a few months ago, I was reminiscing about fall

But now, Thanksgiving is over, I've spruced up my tiny apartment with some holiday cheer, it is now freezing by California's standards and the neighborhood yards have exploded with Christmas lights of all different colors. 

I'll admit, I used to be strictly a no-Christmas-music-before-Thanksgiving kind of gal but since churning out holiday work projects since August, I might have broken that rule just a few times. Some days, when it was still almost 100 degrees outside, I'd need a little something to put my mindset in the holiday season. I'd put my earbuds on, scroll through my various Pandora Holiday stations and choose something. Within seconds swelled the sound of uplifting trumpets and the suave voice of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin. Every so often, I'd slowly remove one earbud just to make sure that this was a silent endeavor. 

At about 15 minutes in, I'd turn it off and switch to something else. It just got too weird and felt wrong. 

And it still felt a little weird to listen to Christmas music the night of Thanksgiving

I think I'm starting to become a jaded adult. 

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