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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Foodies at Home: Holiday Cookie Extravaganza #1

As you may have picked up on... I work at a College. And, have many students that I work closely with. I wanted to do something nice for them for the holidays, but on a limited budget, that can be a challenge. So, I decided to bake some of my favorite holiday treats, and give them each a little treat box.

I can't believe, well, really I can, how well these went over. The fact that I spent time to make each little item showed them how much I care about them. Because, I really do. So, here are the cookies that I made, and recipes for almost all of them!

The Cookies I made (from the top of the plate clockwise):
Sugar Cookies with Icing
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Candy Cane Cookies
Puffy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

And, here are the recipes/a few notes:

Sugar Cookies with Icing

Sorry Foodie Fans... I can't share this one. This is a family recipe that my aunt passed down to me for my birthday this year. I have to protect it. I really am sorry. But, trust me, this cookies are amazing, and a huge hit wherever they go!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

These treats were pretty darn easy to make and were SO good. The only issue with them is that they need to be refrigerated (because of the cream cheese frosting) which is a challenge when trying to give them out. But, they are so very good. You really want to make them, I promise. Even my non-pumpkin liking husband liked them!

Candy Cane Cookies

But, these don't look like candy canes, you may be thinking. Well, that's because I change this recipe a bit, and don't want to deceive. The original recipe calls for peppermint extract. I, as a HUGE almond fan, sub that out for almond extract. Trust me. These are tasty. BUT, I don't like to make them look like candy canes, and have people expecting them to taste like mint. I do often make two batches, one regular, and one almond. This time, I just made the almond ones. Try them. You will not be able to stop!

Puffy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

I discovered this recipe several months ago on one of the blogs I follow, How Sweet It Is. I thought, 'I'll give these a try' one weekend when I was home and wanting to bake, and Paul and I were blown away. These are AWESOME. They are just peanut buttery enough. And, the puffy centers are amazing! Plus, they are pretty darn easy too!

Happy holiday baking, Foodie Friends! And, stay tuned for another Cookie/Treat post with some of my other favorites!

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