Jun

19

2009

It’s Just the Little Things

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It's Just the Little Things

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Peanut Butter Apple Cookies-Duo Dishes

Toffee Peanut Butter Apple Cookies

We know you have a signature dish that makes everybody go crazy. Or you make something following the usual recipe, and the one day you do something different–add your own touch, if you will–people are asking what you did that time around. There are so many ways to give food your own zap. We all do it. That’s why only Grandma So-and-So can make the potato salad at the family reunion picnic.

At Thanksgiving, no one takes the yams from Uncle Whoever. He’s the only one that makes them just right. If you want to avoid the wrath of greedy family members, please don’t give the Easter ham to anybody except Cousin What’s-Her-Name. Only she knows what she’s doing. You know what we’re talking about.

What are they doing to make those dishes so good?

Mint Pistachio Cookies-Duo Dishes

Chocolate Mint Pistachio Cookies

Well, that’s their secret to the grave. You’ll probably never find out, and maybe that’s OK. If we had the in’s and out’s of everyone’s recipes, they wouldn’t be unique anymore. Maybe the best part of eating that signature dish is knowing that you’ll never have a clue what’s in it. The mystery makes each bite so good.

We test drove some cookies, making a couple of interesting decisions along the way.  A little of this, a bit of that.  Making sure to incorporate distinct and noteworthy aspects to each recipe.  We’re still experimenting, but we think we’re onto something.  Don’t hate us for being vague. We just wanted to show you a few of the things we’ve been working on for a special project, but we do have to keep our DD touch secret for now! And we won’t hate it if you do the same.

What are some of your best dishes?

Sweet & Spicy Snickerdoodles 2-Duo Dishes

Sweet & Spicy Snickerdoodles

Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies-Duo Dishes

Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

Honey Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies-Duo Dishes

Honey Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

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  1. I hear you loud and clear – I dont know if you have noticed or not but I ever so rarely post recipes….but you give me one taste of these good looking cookies and I will score high on the test…

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  2. You are so tight about that little something all cooks bring to whatever they are cooking, especially their signature dishes. It’s one of those things that make the holidays spent with family and friends so special. These are beautiful cookies, but it is the writing and the thoughts that I will remember from this post. Thanks GREG

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  3. My husband was once denied the Sweet Potato Pie recipe from Aunti. He took vengeance by coming up with his own….and it’s so much better than hers. LOL! Aunti did us a favor by being stingy.

    My best dish is Lasagna! It kicks booty!

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  4. Each to their own, though I myself am a proponent of the No Secret Recipe movement. But I’m also a live and let live guy and am easily bribed with cookies. ;)

    I’m particularly intrigued by sweet and spicy snickerdoodles.

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  5. So, I’ve had your page up for about half an hour now with my daughter reading all your cookie titles again and again. I now have to go make some cookies :)

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  6. I make really good cupcakes and taco dip. People always ask for the taco dip recipe, and I give it to them, but for the guacamole layer, I simply say use guacamole. And my secret is in how I make that. Not telling!

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  7. you guys are “baking” me crazy with those good looking cookies!

    My go-to dish to knock the sock off folks is grilled and smoked salmon. i’ve made it for people that don’t eat fish and converted them!

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  8. Those are some really interesting cookies. Some of those combinations just blow me away.

    Do you know I can’t really think of a signature dish? I can’t think of anything anyone has ever said to me, “You make this better than anyone else.” I think that’s because I’m always changing things up, reinventing, and trying new things. It’s hard for me to keep working on one recipe over and over until I perfect it. I tend to always be moving on to something new.

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  9. um, yum! yum yum yum! I seriously want a cookie right now! Peanut butter banana cookies. You know, that’s one of those ideas that is so brilliant you wonder why they’re not all over the place, in every grocery store.

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  10. There are some ingredients that I do leave out of my “prized” recipes. when people ask. I ususally just give them the basic stuff they need. Not everything has to be let out in the open. Cooks and chefs need to have some tricks up their sleeve, it would be boring if everyone knew the secret.

    Go any more of them cookies? Looks like you made a lot share some cookie wealth. =)

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  11. They just look so darn good! I wouldnt know where to start!

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  12. The cookies are looking, oh so good! I’m just about to that point in my day where a sugar fix is in order too!

    I totally understand about the recipe thing….My best dishes? Not sure, I experiment too much! But, I’ve often been asked about my pasta sauce and my spice cookies!

    Cheers and good luck with the project. Can’t wait!

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  13. Mmmm, cookies. I don’t know that I have a true specialty, have to ponder that one for awhile :)

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  14. Those cookies look delicious! Everybody has their own way of making food…

    cheers,

    Rosa

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  15. Can’t wait to hear more about those sweet and spicy snickerdoodles!

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  16. Such a delicious looking treats!

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  17. Every one of those cookies looks fantastic…but my heart goes to anything that says “triple chocolate.”

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  18. For some reason people insist my hummus is the best they have had so I guess that is one.

    I am not upset you aren’t sharing your cookie secrets, but a care package would be nice! You know–just in case you need feedback or something! ;-)

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  19. All the cookies look so good, but the ones that really me are the peanut butter banana chocolate chip cookies. They look so pillowy. I like chubby cookies. :)

    I have a killer peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe which everyone has been asking for. It really makes the best PB chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had, if I may say so myself. I’ve never shared the recipe with anyone or given away the secrets, but with enough bribe …

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  20. well there are so many of my best dishes :) thats a great idea of you guys working on a project together and experimenting on inventing new recipes. keep up the great job DD :) i must say these delightful little cookies look wonderful! absolutely fantastic!! all the best with ye project.
    cheers!!

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  21. Those cookies look fantastic!

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  22. Aa of those cookies lok so delicious!
    My signiture dish before were: muffins & cookies & now is home made tortelini with ricotta, spinach, toasted pine nuts & prosciutto. I serve it with an easy tomato sauce,…

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  23. so many lovely and delicious cookies to choose from I am impressed greatly and inspired too, I haven’t yet recently made any cookies. yum yum !! :) xx Rico|Recipes

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  24. Cookies look delcious and so many varieties. Time to make some cookies :-)

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  25. I look forward to the unveiling of the secret project because, judging from the picture-evidence presented here, must be delicious!
    I had a hard time reading the text because my eyes kept staring at the cookies! Yummy!
    My most-requested dishes are my pizza and cookies, a good chocolate chip cookie pleases everybody!

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  26. When I graduated from high school, my grandmother collected a bunch of classic family recipes from all my female relatives. I was happy to get the book because it was full of a bunch of my favorite dishes from family get-togethers. UNfortunately, the secret recipe in almost every recipe was a buttload of butter. I’m not talking a little butter (which never hurt anybody)… I’m talking like a TON of butter. As in, my mom’s chicken cacciatore casserole has LITERALLY TWO STICKS OF BUTTER in it….. whoaaaaaaaa

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  27. Oh wow! I love all of these cookies! What great creations!

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  28. Toffee Peanut Butter Apple Cookies … even if their pictures weren’t here, my mind would have been able to conjure up something delicious based on the name. Not that other cookies don’t look good, but I just can’t get over the flavor combination of that one. Brilliant. Recipe? Just kidding. :)

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  29. yeah um can u send me some of the mint pistachio ones!?!?! pretty please…

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  30. I’m intrigued by the snickerdoodles. I love the name, probably more than the cookie itself, since they can be (shall we say) somewhat simple in terms of flavor. I’m imagining what you added in and I’m getting some very interesting spice musings…

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  31. You sure do know how to tease with all of those cookies (I mean, chocolate, mint, pistachio – gimme now!). I am thoroughly intrigued by your secret project and will just have to wait patiently for more details – and maybe just go and make some cookies in the meantime :)

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  32. Hmm. My mom’s sweet potatoes. She has the magic touch making them on top of the stove. People for miles beg. Mine is coconut cupcakes, but now are on my blog. The thing most asked for from me is my salads. It’s not so much the ingredients…it’s how I put it together and do the dressing. I have a hundred different salads, but they always get the “how did you do this.” And, I can’t tell anyone, because it’s done by taste, and intuition. It’s knowing the exact moment to stop adding lemon or vinegar or salt, etc.

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  33. I love what you guys do. Yum I could eat 2 dozens of the peanut butter banana cookies!

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  34. Peanut butter banana cookies – hubba hubba hubba! :)

    Very cool post!

    I’d say my sig dishes are my chicken marsala, peanut butter oatmeal, various risottos, and most recently, my carrot cake cookies.

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  35. Cripes, it was like information overload, I can only look at so many photos of incredible cookies before I get into deep trouble. I reaching for the ingredients right now.

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  36. Oh goodness! Now I am desperately craving cookies – it’s a good thing I have a stash of oatmeal ones in my freezer. These all look fantastic! Looking forward to hearing the secret :-)

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  37. Look at all the cookies. I’ll bring the milk.

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