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Less Can Be More

Chocolate Bourbon Balls-The Duo Dishes

It’s the first post of the New Year, and it feels good to be back in action. It can be hard to get back into the cooking world after two or three months of full out food bonanzas. In an effort to ease back into our regularly scheduled programming, we’ll be sharing a few of the recipes that we made over the holidays–even as far back as Thanksgiving! There were many desserts of course, but that’s just how it goes in November and December. Some of the best desserts are those that do not require tons of ingredients, and it was a simple recipe detailed by Abby Dodge on KCRW’s Good Food that made an impression. She promised that with just four ingredients you–yes you–could create a perfect dessert for the season. Well now, when there’s a challenge, we enjoy rising to the occasion. This would be just the one.
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Carrie’s Test Kitchen

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes 2

Somehow it’s already the end of October and time for this month’s Guest Test Kitchen. Birthdays, celebrations, and shortened daylight helped our favorite month zoom right by us. While in college, Amir spent most of that time in the University of North Carolina’s Orientation Office. There he worked under this month’s guest blogger Carrie, who has now become a mentor and friend. A mother of two young girls, Carrie and her husband certainly have their hands full. She was enthusiastic to share this fun treat with us, just in time for Halloween, that she and her family love. We think you’ll love it too. It’s kid tested and Mother approved. Here’s Carrie! Continue reading “Carrie’s Test Kitchen”

Cakes, Pies & Tarts

Last But Not Least

1 2 3 4 Cake-Duo Dishes
We promise that this is the last birthday cake you will see here for a while. Maybe. We’ll see who else chooses to celebrate with cake before the year is over. Until then, let’s all have a slice of this 1-2-3-4 cake! A good friend who just recently got engaged gets to round out October with her golden birthday! This cake was a little piece of the party. We’ve had a few opportunities to work on decorating cakes and cookies this month, but practice is still in order. This cake was a test in writing, which is no easy feat. The letters are royal icing. The pink things are the bottom are supposed to be balloons, and they are glacé icing with royal icing strings. No one’s quitting their day job to take up the pastry chef life, but one day we’ll get it perfect!  Oh, and we have things to celebrate too.  Wanna hear all about it?
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Cookies & Bars

Polly Want a Cookie

Chocolate Strawberry Thumbprints-Duo Dishes

We happened upon a weekend where we knew we wanted to make something, but we didn’t want to run out and buy any crazy ingredients.  As usual, we were being our typical recession ready selves.  Funny how a thin wallet can be the impetus for creativity!  We had a few lone items–strawberries, almonds, port wine, bittersweet chocolate–that would be perfect for a dessert.  A dessert like a cookie perhaps.  The real reason we settled on cookies was due to a pound of Plugra in the fridge.  Yes, the European-esque butter.  Plugra for a cookie?  Super.  Plugra for a cookie that involves strawberries, almonds, port wine and bittersweet chocolate?  Super excellent.

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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Creativitea on the Grill

tea-Duo Dishes

We’re a tad frazzled with this month’s 24, 24, 24, but we hope our vision comes together for you in the end!  When Foodbuzz sent out a call for entries, we submitted our proposal just a couple of hours later.  The idea was buzzing in our heads, and we knew it’d be so fun to complete.  Unfortunately, we weren’t chosen.  Boo.  But one week later, we received word of a last minute cancellation, which meant there was room for us to squeeze in.  Yay!  We really love hosting these types of events for our friends, so needless to say, this was a great way to roll into the upcoming weekend.  And then it hit us!  We had a lot of planning to do–planning that we clearly had not been prepared to do.  So we went back to square one and started to re-brainstorm from where we’d left off following the proposal.  From there, it was nothing but a blast!

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It’s Just the Little Things

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies-Duo Dishes
Toffee Peanut Butter Apple Cookies

We know you have a signature dish that makes everybody go crazy. Or you make something following the usual recipe, and the one day you do something different–add your own touch, if you will–people are asking what you did that time around. There are so many ways to give food your own zap. We all do it. That’s why only Grandma So-and-So can make the potato salad at the family reunion picnic.

At Thanksgiving, no one takes the yams from Uncle Whoever. He’s the only one that makes them just right. If you want to avoid the wrath of greedy family members, please don’t give the Easter ham to anybody except Cousin What’s-Her-Name. Only she knows what she’s doing. You know what we’re talking about.

What are they doing to make those dishes so good?

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Cookies and Bars · Sweet Treats

It’s Just the Litttle Things

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies-Duo Dishes
Toffee Peanut Butter Apple Cookies
Mint Pistachio Cookies-Duo Dishes
Chocolate Mint Pistachio Cookies
Sweet & Spicy Snickerdoodles 2-Duo Dishes
Sweet & Spicy Snickerdoodles
Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies-Duo Dishes
Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

We know you have a signature dish that makes everybody go crazy.  Or you make something following the usual recipe, and the one day you do something different–add your own touch, if you will–people are asking what you did that time around.  There are so many ways to give food your own zap.  We all do it.  That’s why only Grandma So-and-So can make the potato salad at the family reunion picnic.

At Thanksgiving, no one takes the yams from Uncle Whoever.  He’s the only one that makes them just right.  If you want to avoid the wrath of greedy family members, please don’t give the Easter ham to anybody except Cousin What’s-Her-Name.  Only she knows what she’s doing. You know what we’re talking about.

What are they doing to make those dishes so good?

Well, that’s their secret to the grave.  You’ll probably never find out, and maybe that’s OK.  If we had the in’s and out’s of everyone’s recipes, they wouldn’t be unique anymore.  Maybe the best part of eating that signature dish is knowing that you’ll never have a clue what’s in it.  The mystery makes each bite so good.

Honey Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies-Duo Dishes
Honey Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

We test drove some cookies, making a couple of interesting decisions along the way.  A little of this, a bit of that.  Making sure to incorporate distinct and noteworthy aspects to each recipe.  We’re still experimenting, but we think we’re onto something.  Don’t hate us for being vague. We just wanted to show you a few of the things we’ve been working on for a special project, but we do have to keep our DD touch secret for now! And we won’t hate it if you do the same.

What are some of your best dishes?