Brownies

Brownies

Confidence moment: I’m not a huge brownie lover girl. Actually, I don’t like brownies at all. But those divine chocolate bites are simply incredible. They are worth the cooking time and every calorie they contain!
This recipe is based on Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies and has always had a tremendous success. The different reactions are interesting, they vary in style but never lack intensity: sexy looks, loving comments, marriage proposals (3 and counting!), pleasure gasps and even poems from my father-in-law… Yes! This is what those brownies do. Give the recipe a try!

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Hazelnut Cookies with Nutella Filling

Hazelnut Cookies with Nutella Filling

Hazelnut Cookies with Nutella filling: Yes, please! During the holiday season members of our family were visiting and they had a big list of edible requests! The mixed berry tart was one of them. Since I discovered the hazelnut crust recipe, it has been my “go-to-pie-crust” for the fruit tarts. It is absolutely delicious and have great reviews from my “oh so hard to please” judging panel. The amount of dough in the original recipe is enough to make two fruit tarts, but time was not on my side. I made one tart and had leftover dough that I didn’t want to throw away. I converted it into cookies, Nutella cookies to be precise. It was perfect! After posting the picture on InstagramFacebook and Twitter I had to adapt the original recipe answering your insisting demands and messages asking me to share the recipe.

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Smoked Salmon Cups

Smoked Salmon Cups

Those Smoked Salmon cups are one of the cutest and best appetizers I have ever made. They are delicious, gorgeous looking and present well: Cute cups of pure deliciousness. Their only problem is being dangerously easy to eat. 24 cups are barely enough for 2 persons. You have been warned; multiply the quantities accordingly! :))

They are easy to prepare. You can make the horseradish dressing a day in advance and bake the cups up to two days in advance and keep them in an air tight container until ready to use.

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Mahi Mahi en Papillote

Mahi Mahi en Papillote

Mahi Mahi en papillote is healthy and incredibly easy to assemble. The few simple ingredients like olive oil, lemon juice, thyme and olives give this dish beautiful Mediterranean flavors. The kids loved it and keep on requesting it.
You can prepare this recipe with different types of fish, I chose the Mahi Mahi because it was from a local source here in South Florida.

Each portion is cooked individually; which makes a convenient and cute presentation. This method keeps the fish very moist while infusing wonderful flavors. You can of course play with the options, adding capers, lemon wedges or any herb that compliments the fish you selected.

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Medjool Dates with Goat Cheese & Parma Ham

Medjool Dates with Goat Cheese & Parma Ham

The Medjool dates stuffed with goat cheese and chives, then wrapped in Parma ham are one of the most successful appetizers according to my friends. The creaminess and sourness of the goat cheese mixture balances the sweetness of the dates and the Parma ham gives it a nice earthy tone. The chives add a little bright note that will make you ask for more.
This recipe is cute, easy and always a winner! It makes great bite-size appetizers, and goes very well with any type of gathering specially around the holidays. It presents nicely and you can make them ahead.

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