Derby Tassies (easy holiday treat)

Baked goods Cookies Recipes

There is something magical about the traditional Kentucky combination of chocolate, pecans and bourbon. I first made these tasty miniature tarts, adapted from A Taste of Kentucky‘s recipe for Racehorse Tarts, for a Kentucky Derby party we had years ago. They have since become part of my Christmas baking tradition. Read more

Nut-Crusted Grouper with, uh, Flambe Sauce

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It’s always nice to find out what won’t make you panic. I did something stupid today, but no real harm came of it (though studies show a good scare takes seconds off your life). Read more

Holy Mole Pecans

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 These nuts, named for the spicy Mexican sauce that contains chocolate, were a hit with spice-loving friends at a game night. That dose of chocolate didn’t hurt! They’re a little rich, a little sweet and a little spicy. Watch out; they’re addictive. The recipe is from Party Nuts! by Sally Sampson. I found the baking time a bit too long, so I’ve shortened that. Adjust for your own oven, but be sure to check them a few times so they don’t burn.

HOLY MOLE PECANS

1 large egg white (2 tbsp.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups raw pecan halves
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cumin Read more

Orange-Glazed Pecans

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These pecans are packed with flavor and are great for snacks or tossed into a salad (perhaps with dried cranberries, bacon, goat cheese and cornbread croutons). Read more