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Craving Cookies, The Quintessential American Cookie Book

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Craving Cookies, the Quintessential American Cookie Book

Clockwise, Siena Lace, Peppermint Ravioli Cookies, Creme de Menthe Patties, Inside Out Oreos

I am overjoyed to announce that Craving Cookies – The Quintessential American Cookie Book is coming to bookstores as a soft cover print book and as an ebook on October 1st, the start of Cookie Month.

I think cookies are everyones favorites. The variety is amazing and they fit into every type of diet and every occasion.  We made literally thousands and thousands of painted shortbread heart cookies for weddings and showers. Continue reading

Gateau Breton

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Gateau BretonThis recipe for Gateau Breton is brought to us by one of my readers, Oliver, to whom I owe a debt of gratitude for this marvelous French pastry which comes from  the Bretagne region of France;  which is known for its butter and sea salt.   Continue reading

Chocolate Coffee No-Bake Cheesecake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Chocolate Coffee No-Bake CheesecakeThis Chocolate Coffee No-Bake Cheesecake is perfect for the last days of summer as children start returning to school, activities pick up, time is even important and the lazy days of summer are gone.  Nothing could be easier than this no-bake cheesecake.

You will notice there are no eggs and no sugar in this recipe.  Since eggs need to be cooked or baked, they are omitted.  The sweetening is provided by the condensed milk.

I served this with my Salted Caramel Sauce which turned out to be the perfect finish.

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Weighing Ingredients Using the Tare/Zero on a Scale

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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ScaleWeighing Ingredients using the Tare/Zero on a Scale is key  to ensuring the best outcome when baking.  Anyone who has followed my blog for any time, even briefly, knows that I am all for updating recipes and techniques. All you have to do is take a look at the Croissant, 60 Second Brioche, or Cake Pan Prep to see what I’m talking about.  It’s what I do and love sharing. Continue reading

Tuscan Vegetable Stew

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Tuscan Vegetable StewThis Tuscan Vegetable Stew comes via one of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants in Chicago.  It was years and years ago and which restaurant I can’t honestly remember.  What I do remember is this incredible stew.  It is so very easy, quick to make, low in fat and calories and amazing in every way. Continue reading