Showing posts from December, 2011

Making Christmas

Can you believe that Christmas is this Sunday? Neither can I!

I've been a busy little elf, and after the Cookie Swap, I've been inspired to carry on with the cookie and candy making.

For my pastry team, I bought oven mitts and stuffed them with little treasures:

And for friends and "chosen family" I made coffee caramels, nougat, more Spiced Cookies with Cranberry Jam and Jivara, and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with ganache and brandied cherries!

Chocolate thumbprints filled with ganache and brandied cherries!
 Filling the spiced cookies.

Cookie and candy tins!
Cookie Bags!

I hope everyone has a happy holiday! Merry Christmas and I'll see you in the new year!

Cookie Swap!

Let me preface this post by stating that I woke up at 2 am and realized that I didn't post this, nor did I send my link in to be added to the round up. But that's not why I woke up that early. Lately I sleep about 4 hours a night, and wake up at 2-ish and am up the rest of the night. One day I was up for 25 hours straight, but that's another story. On to the cookies!

I did something I normally don't do. I participated in something. I joined a cookie swap and baked three dozen cookies, mailed them, and waited for cookies to arrive. Three dozen.

I wanted to do something a little different than what I've baked in the previous years.  I also wanted to send something a little special; something festive and fancy for the occasion.  I made Spiced Cookies with Cranberry Jam drizzled with Jivara Milk Chocolate, an adapted a recipe, from Epicurious. You can get the original recipe here.  Instead of sandwiching the cookies with Jivara ganache as usual, I decided that cranberr…

Long Time, No See

I realize that I haven't posted anything in a long time. It's been difficult because of work, and I haven't been inspired to do anything. And if one waits for inspiration, well, one waits for a while.

I am participating in a cookie swap! Yes, me! And I shopped, prepped, made, baked, cooled, assembled, drizzled, and shot some hasty flash-lit (horrendous I know, but it is night, and we've had cloudy days for more than a week!) shots in one day! This week my off days are split, and they have to be shipped tomorrow. So, after work, I'll rush back home to pack and ship.

I can't say much more about the cookies, but until I can post about them, here are a few shots from work and other items.

Desserts from the Twelve Plates of Christmas at the Art Institute of Chicago's Small Plates inMcKinlock Court.  There are four savory courses, drinks, and a surprise at the end!

 Cranberry mousse, pistachio dacquoise, cranberry gastrique (I plan to add a layer of cranberry gelee…