A Very Merry Totoro Christmas to You!

I regret that for the majority of my life I had not watched the movie My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) the 1988 Japanese animation written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and produced by Studio Ghibli.  Just last year my kids and I watched it at home and thereafter I was smitten. My kids love all […]

SPARKLY COCOA NIB CHIP BUTTER COOKIES

Happy Holidays!Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Happy New Year!These cookies are my fanciful take on chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve used cocoa nibs instead of chocolate chips…and a butter cookie instead of a toll house drop batter. These cookies are so easy and pretty.  Cut slices from […]

CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COOKIES: VANILLA BEAN BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened¾ cup granulated sugar1 large egg plus 1 egg white, beaten1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean, ground up)2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour¾ teaspoon coarse salt½ cup fine sanding sugar 1. Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an […]