These are pretty much ridiculous. I have made them twice in the last few weeks, given away a bunch, eaten even more of them, and thought of them nearly non-stop. They are super buttery, barely sweet, and laced with smokey espresso and hunks of bittersweet chocolate. I. Love. Them.
Also, as with so many Dorie Greenspan recipes, she gives up this fantastic method so brilliant I feel like a moron for not thinking of it myself. Here is it: make the dough. Dump it into a large ziploc bag (but don't seal). Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough so it forms an even layer and fills up the bag. Chill for a few hours. Then, cut the plastic away, cut out the cookies, and ta-da! Easy as...shortbread.
The best thing to do would be to buy Dorie's book but in the meantime you can also find the recipe here.
Happy belated birthday, pretty lady! In early February, we squeezed in a quick getaway to Sonoma where we toasted my mother's 75th birthday at the stunning Gloria Ferrer vineyard.
We stayed here, ate here, and drank wine here, here, and here. Great weather, food, and company. Not a bad way to mark a milestone!
I didn't take any food photos except for this one of my simple breakfast at the hotel cafe the morning we left:
Lox, cream cheese, baby arugula, capers, and red onion on a soft little brioche. I had to peel off nearly all the onions (too many for the morning), but other than that it was perfect.
***Channeling Cheryl Tiegs
Me, circa 1979. Where to start?
For one thing, what's with the pose? For another, you may not be able to tell, but that is a jumpsuit, not a dress. Finally, yes, it is paired with a white turtleneck. Ah, the 70's!
Happy weekend to you all!