Almond Shortbread: Better Than Unbuttered Cardboard

Around the old water cooler at work, conversation veers towards the topic of snacks   I suggest that something tasty to nibble on might perk us up for our next meeting is a round of something tasty to nibble on.  True, we could also replace “meeting” with “series of emails, and leaving work half an hour early”,…

Tahini Cookies (Shove Over, Peanut Butter)

Tahini.  You know.  That special sesame treat that adds nuttiness to hummus, sauce to falafel wraps, and … um … hm.  What else do you do with it again? Thus was, until recently, my thought process.  Tahini–ground sesame seeds and, usually, nothing else added in–has been one of those ingredients, like miso and capers, that…

Chocolate Cheesecake: from Rejection to Redemption

I am not a chocolate fanatic. Don’t get me wrong.  Chocolate’s nice.  Nice like potatoes.  Nice like misty evenings.  Nice like a nap on the bus.  I find chocolate hearty.  Kind of magical.  Somewhat refreshing. But I’m a simple, savoury-dessert kind of girl.  Give me pound cake, cheesecake, snickerdoodles, shortbread (note that I made three…