Chocolate

Fudgy Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Fudgy Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

It’s been at least three years since we decorated for Halloween. Back-in-the-day we used to drive up to Los Olivos and go apple picking. We never failed to pick way more apples than two people and two dogs could consume.  When it comes to wandering in a grove of apple trees, armed with huge picking […]

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Apricots

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Apricots

A really good oatmeal cookie makes me into a cookie monster. I love them. I mean, really, really love them. In my top 10 favorite cookies, oatmeal cookies have a about half of the spots.  When they are soft, with those slightly crisp edges, combined with that perfect chewiness which good old-fashioned oats provide… super delish. 

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Orange-Spiced Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Orange-Spiced Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Lately we have been gardening fools.  Geeked out over little projects and springtime plantings. Our souls feeling rejuvenated as the garden warms from its wintertime laziness. Yes even here in So Cal the garden goes a bit mellow during the chillier months. We’ll shoot with a client in our studio from 7 until 4 and […]

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Joy to Your World & Ginger Molasses Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Joy to Your World & Ginger Molasses Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  Wishing lots of joy to your world today and for the rest of this holiday season. We’re envious of your winter wonderland scenes filled with fluffy-cold snow. And we’re sure you might be a little jealous of our warm, sunny days at the beach. But the best part of all the different ways that […]

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Chocolate, Berry and Cream Cheese Danish

Chocolate, Berry and Cream Cheese Danish

Rarely do I ever watch television. Call me a tv-hermit, but between the newspaper, the internet and twitter, I seem to be caught up with everything that I need to know. Then there was the straight 12 hours I sat on a flight from Australia to Los Angeles that forced me to either sleep (which […]

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Bourbon Dark Chocolate Crack Cookies Recipe

Bourbon Dark Chocolate Crack Cookies Recipe

There are cookies, and then there are bad-ass cookies. Ones that are nearly impossible to mindlessly eat. After the first bite, they stop you and make you take a look at what it was you just sunk your teeth into. These are one of those. A deliciously, rich chocolate and bourbon rifted cookie. A chocolate […]

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“Black Magic Cake” with Butterscotch & Cream Cheese Frosting

“Black Magic Cake” with Butterscotch & Cream Cheese Frosting

  Pinterest gets me in trouble, and it isn’t even from me browsing. Diane will be lying on the couch at the end of the day, scrolling along while I catch up to the sports world on ESPN. Then suddenly she’ll pipe up “I want that”, thrusting her phone towards me. What am I supposed […]

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Chocolate Magic Custard Cake- a second obsession.

Chocolate Magic Custard Cake- a second obsession.

Two days ago, I shared with you how completely obsessed I was with this Magic Custard Cake recipe. If you read about my infatuation for this magical three layer cake, you’ll understand why I’m totally enamored with it. The silky custard interior had me smitten and I went as far as to eat two pieces […]

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Dark Chocolate Almond Bark – although it was almost Raspberry Cream Chocolates

Dark Chocolate Almond Bark – although it was almost Raspberry Cream Chocolates

I suck. At least I did this weekend. Just when I thought I had my dessert mojo going… splunk. I was on a chocolate raspberry kick. The chocolate mousse was delicious – which for some reason I’ve recently been saying “delicious” with a Smeagol-like enthusiasm. I had spied a raspberry cream chocolate candy recipe in […]

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Dark Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Puree

It is too easy for the daily “I love you” ‘s and quick kisses to have the same depth as a “what up, bro” or a “hey, girlfriend”. Happens to the best of us. Well maybe not the best, but at least us mortals. Now you don’t have to bust out the Marvin Gaye, blindfold […]

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Chocolate Cookie Dough Oatmeal Pancakes

Chocolate Cookie Dough Oatmeal Pancakes

A great way to start our morning always begins with a well made cappuccino. Inspired by Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil, we made this morning even better by adding a stack of pancakes stuffed with cookie dough. Now, how is it that a few balls of cookie dough added to pancakes can take a […]

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Gift of Cheer- Video Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Gift of Cheer- Video Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

In today’s times, let’s not forget the joy from a simple hug, smile, phone call and cheer. We all can certainly use a gift of love and laughter, regardless of what our circumstances are. We want to share a moment here,  a gift of holiday spirit because we, Diane and Todd, have been longing for […]

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Chocolate Bourbon Balls- Three Ways

Diane was initially going to write this post, but after 1 bourbon ball she quietly passed out on the couch. Silly Asian, they aren’t that alcoholic. Although I think she may be faking to get out of writing a post. I’ve always loved a good rum ball. Actually, the love extends to just about any […]

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Dark or Milk Chocolate?

Dark or Milk Chocolate?

Hi everyone. We’re working on a project and need your assistance. A few weeks ago we asked our readers on our Facebook page but we also wanted to survey our blog readers too. Can you help us out? What type of chocolate to you prefer? Dark or milk chocolate? And you can’t way white chocolate […]

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Dark Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies with Holiday Stencils

For the first time in my life I think I had a chocolate hangover. Maybe it was eating three additional pieces of See’s candy before I went to bed that threw me over the edge. I’m the savory-girl. The girl that hovers over the holiday buffet table where the cheesy dips are displayed and quietly […]

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Coffee Toffee from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Coffee Toffee from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Diane would like to apologize in advance for anything I am about to say. She says I’m a coffee snob. I don’t know whether to respond with a “Duh!” or a “Phbbttt!”- or however you spell sticking your tongue out. After all, she did first meet me in a coffee house almost 17 years ago. […]

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Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookies & Chocolate Ice Cream “Pizookie Style”

Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookies & Chocolate Ice Cream “Pizookie Style”

It all began with the easiest cookie recipe that I’ve ever seen. 3 ingredients. Mix. Bake. Done. Talk about your minimalistic cookie recipes. No creaming the butter. No folding or gently mixing. No gradually incorporating the flour. No flour at all actually. Just a “Wham – Bam – Thank you, Mam!” I just had to […]

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Chocolate Triple-Berry Slab Pie

Chocolate Triple-Berry Slab Pie

The first attempt at this slab pie recipe I had one immediate reaction, “Holy crap this is a big pie!” You’d think I’d intuitively know that based off of a couple factors: It’s name is a “slab pie” – generally you wouldn’t associate that with something marginal in size. It was filling an entire 1/2 […]

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Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies with Jam & Life Altering Moments

There are only a handful of things you come across in your life which change how you live everyday. An extraordinary person. Discovering a dream job. Having a baby or in our case, bringing home a puppy for the first time. Maybe a life altering moment which sends you in an unforeseen direction. Or maybe […]

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No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars with Nutella

No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars with Nutella

I used to love granola bars as a kid. Especially the ones with chocolate chips or a chocolate coating on them, but somewhere along the life’s journey, the love affair ended. Then, about a year ago, we were on the road and we had stopped in an REI to pick up some supplies. Needing  a […]

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