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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Classic Brownies

Strawberry & Chocolate Brownies.
Strawberry & Chocolate Brownies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Years after I first learned to make them as a child, I still enjoy making brownies. They can be made in a snap, I always have the ingredients on hand, and best of all, even dessert aficionados still rave about them!

Since  I work with so many recipes I usually have to consult my notes when I want to cook something. Not so with brownies - I can recite the list of ingredients from memory anytime!

Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow cookies
Rainbow cookies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Imagine a very colorful treat right your very eyes. The beautiful colors illuminated in your mind and you can't hardly control the wanting for it. It could be your rainbow cookies freshly baked from the oven that still spreads the delightful aroma to your senses. Each colored cookie has its own flavor and decorative edge and you can barely wait for that chance to grab all the colors to paint your hungry world.

Ginger Thins

Some freshly baked gingerbread (or gingersnaps...
Some freshly baked gingerbread (or gingersnaps). Photograph and the gingerbread by me, Jonik. December 25, 2004 in Espoo, Finland. Suomi: Vastaleivottuja pipareita jouluna 2004. Kuva: Jonik. Svenska: Nybakade pepparkakor. Bild: Jonik, 25 december 2004, i Esbo, Finland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Refrigerator cookies are made of cookie dough that is shaped into logs, chilled until firm, and sliced before baking. The great thing about them is that you can keep the unbaked logs from days to weeks in your refrigerator and even months in your freezer. Then just slice and bake when you need them.

I accidentally created this ginger thins recipe when, making a regular batch of refrigerator cookies, I mistook a jar of dried instant salabat (ginger tea) for brown sugar! Realizing my error before I mixed all the powdered ginger into the dough, I removed as much as I could and proceeded with the recipe. The result was a cookie with a spicy flavor, just like gingersnaps! If you like gingersnaps, you'll love this.

Oatmeal Bread

Pain au levain, a French bread
Pain au levain, a French bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

My sister just can't get rid of her cravings for sweets. It was really in her to munch something sweet almost everyday. A very sinful habit she wants to let go but just can't find the easiest way out. Sweets are just as tempting to eat as to see. She would sometimes turn her head away from looking it but she still struggles to forget it in her mind. One day, she has become so unstable that the doctor insisted on stopping her eating habit just that. She can't stand it at first but with her determination and lots of courage, she was able to do it sweetly. She manages her diet well and even substituting a whole lot of healthy options for her once awful eating habit.

Now, this is her oatmeal bread that says, "if you don't want to give something that's sweet, why not a healthy loaf of bread?" It is like satisfying yourself without having to worry about becoming unhealthy again.

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