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Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Cream Cheese


Originally posted on Old Chez Catey Lou:

Chocolate Chip Cookies Made with Cream Cheese| ChezCateyLou.com

It is National Cookie Day!!!  I just HAD to celebrate this food holiday on the blog – after all, cookies are the best of all baked goods in my opinion. And what better cookie to celebrate with than a good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie.  Chocolate chip cookies are just the best, aren’t they? Simple, delicious, easy, always a crowd pleaser. What’s not to love?

I have already made a few varieties of this American favorite on the blog, like these and these, but today I have a little twist for you. These chocolate chip cookies are made with cream cheese! I saw the recipe over on Just a Taste and knew that I HAD to try them. I’m always up for a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, especially when a fun twist is involved. 

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Gingerbread Doughnuts


Originally posted on Old Chez Catey Lou:

Gingerbread Doughnuts | chezcateylou.com

It is December 1 – let the Christmas recipes begin! I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit until Thanksgiving and my birthday have passed. But once they are over, I start to get so excited about Christmas. TheBetterHalf and I just got back from an amazing trip to Paris and Brussels (more to come about our trip in a future post) and both cities were all decked out for Christmas. It was gorgeous, and got me in such a festive mood!

So when I woke up at 5:00am this morning because of jetlag, naturally my thoughts immediately went to Christmas baking. And since it is a weekend morning, I focused on doughnuts, one of our favorite weekend breakfasts since I bought my doughnut pan.  And so gingerbread doughnuts were born!  

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French Butter Cookies (Sables)


Originally posted on Old Chez Catey Lou:

Sables | chezcateylou.com

Ever since we got back from Paris, I can’t stop dreaming about our amazing trip and all things French. So I just had to bake up a French cookie to pretend I was back in France. Sables are delicate butter cookies that are slightly crunchy and slightly crumbly in texture. Sable means sand in french, and the texture is kind of sandy – hence the name! They are simple in flavor but absolutely delicious. Plus you can decorate them with colored sugars, making them the perfect little treat around Christmas! We encountered cookies like this or some variation of a sable all over the bakeries of Paris. They are served when you order afternoon tea or coffee, and we even had some served to us with a cocktail after dinner one night! That is my kind of after dinner drink!

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Preserved Lemons


Originally posted on Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide:

There are a lot of lemons stuffed in there

Next time I will use a wide mouth canning jar. Yes my hand got stuck a few times packing the lemons in

Preserved lemons are a great staple for many different Indian dishes. I also like to use them in drinks and any dish that may need a nice lemon kick. A lot of recipes call for Meyer lemons, which would be best, but regular work just fine. When done they will keep in the refrigerator for some time.

Preserved Lemons

  • Large wide mouth canning jar
  • Kosher salt
  • 4-6 lemons
  • Additional lemon juice

Wash lemons well and dry off. Wash out canning jar and then sterilize in boiling water for 10 minutes. Air dry jar for a few minutes. Cut lemons into quarters but do not cut all the way through the bottom. The lemons should open like petals but still be whole. Pour 1 tbsp salt in bottom of…

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Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America: You Can’t Fight Guns With Silence


 

By Jueseppi B.

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You Can’t Fight Guns With Silence

 

By Moms Demand Action & By Francis X. Clines, via The New York Times

 

The shock of the gun massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six adults last Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., has largely dissipated in Congress, which proved unresponsive to proposals for stronger gun safety. But the shock remains for a nationwide group of alarmed mothers organized after the carnage, who are taking to the air waves with the message that a ritual moment of silence to honor the victims on the anniversary is hardly enough. “With 26 more school shootings since that day, ask yourself: Is silence what America needs right now?” the new ad entreats as an intruder masked in black approaches a schoolhouse door.

 

Far from silence, the group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, is planning to ring bells at gatherings in 35 states on the 14th — alarm bells about the continuing national trauma from gun rampages, which occur on average about once every two weeks, taking a minimum of four lives on each occasion. The planned protests and the new ad, produced in cooperation with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, are part of a steady campaign to push back at the gun lobby’s heft in Congress and statehouses, which enact invitations to civilian gun-packing far more often than gun-safety laws.

 

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Published on Dec 4, 2013

Saturday, December 14 marks one year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Moms Demand Action will commemorate the anniversary with No More Silence, a campaign to honor the victims and show our resolve never to be silent again about gun violence. The campaign will include a week of action culminating on December 14, with events in more than 35 states. Each event will include a communal ringing of bells—a moment of No More Silence—to remember the victims and to show that the time for silence is over.

 

 

 
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Moms Demand Action: No More Silence 60 second ad

 

Published on Dec 4, 2013

Saturday, December 14 marks one year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Moms Demand Action will commemorate the anniversary with No More Silence, a campaign to honor the victims and show our resolve never to be silent again about gun violence. The campaign will include a week of action culminating on December 14, with events in more than 35 states. Each event will include a communal ringing of bells—a moment of No More Silence—to remember the victims and to show that the time for silence is over.

 

 

 

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The best evidence that the mothers may be having some impact is that gun rights groups are showing up at their protest gathering, publicly brandishing their legally owned firearms in counter demonstrations. These might be viewed as displays of macho swagger, but for the fact that they also include women gun enthusiasts and children.

 

The gun bearers’ swagger reached a nadir last August when they dared to show up in Newtown to pay homage to the Starbucks coffeehouse policy of tolerating open-carry gun customers in states where it is legal. (With the mothers group applying pressure, that policy was eventually altered—but not to an outright gun ban. Instead Starbucks’ national management now simply requests that customers leave their guns at home.)

 

The gun-flourishing groups deny they are disturbing anyone’s peace in their displays, like the one last month outside a Dallas restaurant where a local chapter of the mothers group was meeting. “These people were getting out of cars and pulling semi-automatic rifles out of their trunks,” said Shannon Watts, national founder of the mothers campaign.

 

Group members have also been personally harassed. Ms. Watts told The New Republic’s Alec MacGillis that her home address had been posted online, and that gun activists had left intimidating, misogynistic messages on Facebook. These understandably give the women pause, but ultimately leave them encouraged. “We will never again be silent about gun violence,” said Ms. Watts in a recent statement, getting ready for the 14th.

 

Read the full story at nytimes.com

 

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