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These gooey triple chocolate brownie-like cookies are sure to satisfy any chocolate lovers craving! They have sort of a merengue-like consistency outside, and a creamy chocolate center inside. Containing only seven ingredients total, they are super simple to make, and are healthy too (about as healthy as a cookie can get). These are flourless (so gluten-free), and contain cacao nibs which add an extra chocolate crunch when you bite. The recipe is adapted from Bon Appetit, in which I substituted Cacao powder for cocoa, Pink Himalayan Salt for regular, and they came out perfectly. Bake these for your lover for Valentine’s Day and keep them coming back for more…

Ingredients:

-3 cups gluten-free powdered sugar
-¾ cup Cacao Powder
-1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
-2 large egg whites
-1 large egg
-4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
-3 tablespoons cacao nibs

Instructions
Place racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 350°. Whisk powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a large bowl, then whisk in egg whites and egg; fold in chocolate and cacao nibs. Spoon batter by the tablespoonful onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2” apart.
Bake, rotating sheets once, until cookies are puffed, cracked, and set just around the edges, 14–16 minutes.
Transfer baking sheets to wire racks and let cookies cool on pan (they’ll firm up).
***Do Ahead:
Cookies can be baked 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

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I always enjoy chocolate with the addition of chile, and while we were in Mexico over Christmas, I was reminded of a chile-chocolate torte that my Mom and I used to make. The Mayan people use chile and cinnamon in their drinking chocolate, chocolate bars, as well as cakes and desserts, and with good reason. It’s a perfect combination where the cinnamon sets off the chocolate flavor, and the chile adds a hot kick. This is an adaptation of the torte Mom and I made, and a recipe from Emeril, with just a few tweaks. In this batter I used organic cane sugar in place of granulated white sugar, replaced cocoa powder with raw cacao, upped the amount of ancho chile, and added cayenne (the batter wasn’t quite spicy enough when I tested it at first). I made it for our guests on Valentine’s day, and served it up with a homemade unsweetened cinnamon whipped cream, which was the perfect balance to the sweetness of the torte itself. Add a cup of good coffee, and your guests will fall in love…

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Herbed Yogurt Dip

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If you’re like me, mayo may scare you a little. And by a little, I mean terrify. Im not talking about the hand-crafted, delicious, garlicy spread better known as “aioli.” I m talking about that heavy, blue-labeled tub, filled with a slightly yellow, gelatinous substance attached to the slogan “Bring out the Hellmans, bring out the best.” I know I may sound like a sandwhich nazi, being the proponent of a mostly gluten-free diet, and mayo slanderer. But, I know there are a few anti-mayo rebels out there reading this who may appreciate what I am about to say. IT IS POSSIBLE TO CREATE RANCH DIP WITHOUT MAYO. There. I said it. Most decadent dip’s main ingredient is mayo, which is why spinach-artichoke, and any type of ranch dip, come with the heavy junk food stigma…pun intended. The recipe that follows is a thick, herby, creamy, dipping sauce worthy of the ranch genre, but conatins no mayo. how do I do this you ask?? One word…yogurt. Yogurt is the perfect substitute for mayo, yielding a tangy, equally as creamy dip, worthy of the football appetizer table. Yogurt has way less fat, and includes naturally occuring probiotics which keep your stomach healthy and happy. Mayo lovers and rebels alike, who are still reading this post, I challenge you to try this recipe. You won’t be dissapointed.

*Also great on baked potatoes
** Thin down with vinegar and oil for a salad dressing
***Add jalapenos & cilantro, blend with an immersion blender for spicy ranch dressing.

Ingredients:

Greek Yogurt-2 cups
Basil-1 1/2 tbs chopped
Dill-1 1/2 tbsp chopped
Chives-1 1/2 tbsp chopped
Garlic-6 toes minced
Shallot-1 tbsp minced
Lemon-1 tbsp juice
Soy-2 tsp
Salt-1 tsp
Pepper-1 tsp

Method:

Wash herbs thoroughly, dry well. Peel and mince both garlic and shallot. Add garlic to a small bowl, and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of salt. Using the back of a spoon, rub salt into garlic until it forms a paste. In a large container add garlic paste and shallot to yogurt, mix well. Finely chop all herbs and incorporate into mixture. Add remaining salt, pepper lemon juice and soy to the bowl. Mix well and let sit in fridge overnight. Serve with crudites, I like roasted baby potatoes, cucumber, and French radishes.

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NAILED It

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Nail art is a fun way to accessorize and seems ever more intricate these days, especially at fashion week… tartan and claws oh my! See here and here. Although I give major props to those ladies (or guys) who are willing to rock designs that portrude off the finger, more often than not I have my hands in water or a mixing bowl and don’t think my boyfriend would appreciate a rhinestone in his gluten-free muffin. Shellac is reserved for special occasions, I usually stick to painting my own digits, and when it comes to color,  tend to venture a little further out of the box than say the predictable coral or nude. Try some psychedelic hues or glitter as listed in the Acid Trip foursome. Opaque Chartreuse is rad layered with Happy Birthday (one of my personal glitter faves). Space Out with intergalactic grays, blues, and blacks, reminiscent of the night sky. Nars’ Space Odyssey is a go-to silver, awesome for a concert or night out. Emulate Earth’s natural beauty with a pick from Gems and Minerals, all of which include a toned down shimmer effect. When it comes to polish, don’t shy away from the unknown, its easier to change than your makeup, outfit, or hair color.

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Valentines Day Gift Guide

VDAY FINAL Naughty Picture Viewer-Image 3D // Pink and Red Le Pen-Marvy Uchida //  Cest la Vie Notebook-Smythson // XO Stud Earrings-Emily E Jewelry // Loved Ring-Catbird // Love Heart Keyring-Smythson // Footsies Cashmere Socks-Golightly Cashmere // Sugar Lip Treatment-Fresh // Macarons-Danas Bakery // Absolute Rose Candle-Malin and Goetz // Amore Hair Tie Set-Mane Message // “I Heart You” Thong-Hanky Panky // Cat Nap Kit-Charlotte Olympia

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A few Valentines gift ideas, plenty of time in advance. Even though you may be gifting these to your gal, many of these are win-wins for the guy as well (naughty view finder/thong), and are really just great couples gifts. How about skipping the cliche chocolate this year, and pick up a box of macarons instead. Most macarons are gluten-free, and your girl will love that you thought outside the box. Girly items to pamper her, such as the Cat Nap Kit, “Absolute Rose” candle, and cashmere socks are sweet things she’ll love. The Fresh Sugar Lip treatments are my fave. They soften lips with luscious botanicals (makeout session hello) and comes in 5 great shades that lend themselves to this day dedicated to love.

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