Replacing some of the butter with cream cheese created cookies that are soft, thick, moist, and tender. Although you can’t taste the cream cheese, the cookies have a richness and depth of flavor. Plus there’s an abundance of chocolate in every bite. The dough can be made in advance, refrigerated, and baked as desired, up to 5 days later. A great option to have for fresh, warm cookies without having to mix up dough.

Well…here I am!  Back in the cooking game after our 6th move in August.  I will not go into much details …but, I am pretty sure this is THE ONE!

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Of course, in my new little kitchen, the first meal I made (by request from our teen) was Pork Sinigang (Filipino sour soup or stew).  A staple in any Filipino home, and quite the favorite for many–young and old.  Thus, on the topic of Filipino food, comes the wondrous Pork Adobo

Celebrate_Pippa MiddletonCelebrate_bk_Pippa MiddletonOut of curiosity and my love for cookbooks [and books in general], I managed to score a signed copy of  CELEBRATE, A year of British festivities for families and friends by Pippa Middleton.  In a nutshell, it is a comprehensive seasonal guide to simple and creative entertaining.  Survey says…I’m a fan!  I’ve taken detailed mental notes of the recipes I would like to challenge myself with.  Most of which are already familiar to me.