09 December 2013

2nd Annual Cookie Exchange

This years Cookie Exchange was a great success.  Karrie won best presentation, Katie and Leslie won best taste and Teresa won MOST FESTIVE ATTIRE.   The mulled wine was great and Katie's appetizers were the hit of the party.

My Recipe.com
Bacon Endive Tomato Bites


  • 1 cup sliced multicolored grape tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil                               
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 16 Belgian endive leaves (about 2 heads)
  • 2 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled                            
  1. 1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl. Spoon 1 tablespoon tomato mixture in center of each endive leaf; sprinkle evenly with bacon.

I made the Barefoot Contessa's Coconut Macaroons and they were delicious. They are really good when they just get out of the oven!!! I ended up dipping them in chocolate because I thought that the COCONUT haters might like them with chocolate. This recipe was so easy and I will definitely make them again.

Ina's Coconut Macaroons

14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until they make medium-firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture. Drop the batter onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper using either a 1 3/4-inch diameter ice cream scoop, or 2 teaspoons. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and serve.

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