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Walnut Brownies

Everyone loves brownies! This is no question, I know so I am sure everyone has a go-to recipe for brownies, as well. The situation is similar to cookies. Each and everyone has different tastes so I am going to describe how mine compares.  The recipe is from a le Cordon Bleu book and I've made it for hundreds of times. It is a huge favorite in my family, I like to under bake it for a few minutes so the middle is a bit wet. It is ah-maaazing! This time I let it bake as it is supposed to be but only because I made it for next day for our small Thanksgiving friendly get-together. It is dense, yet light. Chewy, not cakey with a decadent chocolate flavor. The appearance is not the best but who cares when it tastes like pure heaven? My family calls it ugly but lovely :) Oh and before I forget to add, there is a light chocolate ganache on top that I spread before the brownies cool down so it would absorb most of it. I noticed that this way it is more delicious! ps: using whole wheat flour ma…

Candy Stuffed Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I know it's been way too long since I last posted... Shame on me but I had some technical issues (no computer). But my baking fever hasn't ceased. It is still on high gear so I have some pretty delicious recipes that are waiting to be posted :)  But first thing first, I wanted to share this allegedly heavenly cookies. Let me tell you. These cookies are filled with snickers. Some of 'em are filled with caramel. Some of 'em are just simply with reeses. Can you honestly say that you'd resist these? Oh and they are with oatmeal and peanut butter. There is some serious richness going on here. You don't like overly sweet things? Don't worry, I don't either. That's why there is an awful lot of salt on top... AND this is how these cookies go to the next level. 
Okay, I think I owe you an explanation how I came up with this pretty bizarre creation.  I wanted peanut butter like crazy. I'd been craving it for a veeery long time but would you think that it is …

Pasta Salad with Salmon and Beans

This time of autumn is definitely my favorite. I look outside my window and the colors mesmerize me...The shades of yellow, orange, red and green are just something that makes me feel so contentedly happy. I put in my favorite jazz CD so I am absolutely in my happy place now. But what is missing from this picture? Food, indeed! Today I happened to find a recipe that caught my eye instantly. It was on the Self magazine website. Of course, it was just an idea for my recipe since I used fusilli pasta with salmon and added more veggies.  Since this pasta salad has salmon, it is yet again not a vegan recipe. But I was just craving some fish so badly! It's not that bad, I hope... Oh well, the salad was just perfect, I don't care it wasn't vegan! It is so fresh due to the lemon-olive oil dressing and all the vegetables! I advise you to make it ahead so the flavors would come together after a few hours. I ate it as a post-workout meal and it was the ultimate lunch for me :) I always …