Love and Olive Oil - Eat to Live. Cook to Love.

The Best of 2015

It’s time again to look back on the year and reflect on all the delicious things that we’ve put into our mouths (and published on the blog) this year. This annual look-back is something I’ve done for the past 6 years (for a true time-warp check out the favorites from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010...

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Let’s face it, cheesecake recipes never come out right on the first try, and require at least 2-3 tests (or in this case, 4) before they are deemed post (and photo) worthy. And if you’re a household of two people, well, that’s a lot of cheesecake to consume on your own. Even making half-size cheesecakes...

Dulce de Leche Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

If you don’t already have enough holiday cookies to go around the block a few times (and then some) here’s one more last minute recipe that would be perfect for your holiday dessert table or cookie tray. I brought a platter of these sweet gems to a neighbor’s holiday party, where I swear every time...

Gingerbread Brownies

If you do a google search for Gingerbread Brownies, they’ve been done before (hasn’t everything, at this point?) but what you find are not what I’d consider brownies. Maybe blondies at best, but the pale brunette bars seem to be far too light in color and seemingly cakey in texture to be considered true brownies...

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2015: Recipe Roundup Part I

Who’s ready for some cookies? Another year, another the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and with it comes another epic roundup of all the amazing cookie recipes people baked and shipped around the world. Impressive, eh? To avoid major cookie overload, we’ve divided this year’s recipes (384 in all!) into two posts. What you see...

Chewy Muscovado Sugar Cookies

I will always, ALWAYS, choose a chewy cookie over a crispy one. And these are the absolute chewiest. Muscovado sugar is my new love, my new obsession, and I’m all for using it anywhere and everywhere I can (because it’s delicious, for one, but also because I bought a case of 10 and Taylor’s been...

Raspberry Russian Cocktail

Cheers to the holidays! Here, have a drink. Or two. Because that’s what the holidays are all about, after all: friends, family, and a good stiff drink to tide you over until they all leave (just kidding, of course, I’m over exaggerating. But I think we can all agree that a little booze makes everything...

Crispy Potato Latkes with Spiced Pear Compote

It’s Hanukkah time, and you know what that means: latkes. Lots and lots of latkes. I’ve discovered that when it comes to latkes, there are two kinds of people in this world: sour cream people and applesauce people. Although I’ve sometimes found myself in the center of this latke-venn diagram, dolloping both sour cream and...

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Remember that one time, you left out the sugar in your first batch of cookies, perhaps the one time in recent history when you didn’t taste the dough first, taking a giant bite out of a hard nugget of chalky cocoa before you realized? And then the next batch you remembered the sugar but screwed...