Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Step Into The Limelight

We discovered a real gem this past week in New York City. Limelight Marketplace at 656 6th Avenue near West 20th Street is a must visit if you love independent boutique-like shops and interesting architecture. The Marketplace has something for everyone including restaurants, bakeries and retail shops all nestled in a renovated 1840s church complete with gorgeous stained glass windows and Gothic limestone columns and arches.

One of our favorite places in Limelight was the Sweet Room where we found a wonderful variety of petite shops selling chocolates, brownies, cupcakes, cakes and even whoopie pies. There was also a great little gourmet market of fresh breads, cheeses, pastas, spices and coffees. We enjoyed the fabulous crafty hatters, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, furniture and clothing boutiques. All this shopping exploration definitely brought out the foodie in us so we stopped at The Wine Bar for a yummy lunch. Highly recommended for delicious food at nice prices.

Visit Limelight Marketplace the next time you are in Manhattan. Its a delightful place to spend an afternoon shopping, eating and enjoying beautiful architecture.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Picasso Cookies - A Creative Palate

Phyllis painted these artistic cookies a la Pablo Picasso or Jean Miro for a baby shower! We think that she has put the creative talent she perfected while at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to good use. These cookies are gorgeous and delicious!

Since we find ourselves focusing on cookies lately we thought that it would be fun to share a Master Cookie Recipe once again, so that you can all deliciously express yourselves.

Master Cookie Recipe

2 cups butter

2 cups sugar

1 cup brown sugar

4 large eggs

6 1/2 cups flour

1 tblsp. cream of tartar

2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 cup whole milk

Cream the butter and sugars together until creamy and fluffy. Stir in eggs one at a time.

Sift the dry ingredients together. Add to the creamed mixture in two parts alternating with the milk. Mix thoroughly.

Bake as needed on a greased baking sheet in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes about 8 cups of dough.

Here are some cookie variations to try, but don't be afraid to create some of your own!

Chocolate Cookies

knead 1 tblsp. cocoa and 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips into 1 cup cookie dough. Shape into 24 round balls and bake.

Ginger Cookies

Stir 1 tblsp. dark molasses and 1/4 tsp. ginger into 1 cup cookie dough. Shape into 24 round balls and bake.

Coconut Cookies

Knead 1 cup flaked coconut and 1/4 tsp. almond extract into 1 cup cookie dough. Shape into 24 round balls and then press flat on greased cookie sheet. Bake.