Favorite Recipes in New England

new england mapRecently I saw an article in Parade where the favorite recipes of each state were revealed. At least according to Pinterest. I was particularly interested in the New England region and thought that you might be too.

I created a Pinterest Board to get the visual and was rather surprised by the results. Not what I would have imagined. I would have expected some seafood in at least one of the states.  You just never know.

Are you surprised too?

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Photo Credit: Original image found at Discover New England

Recipe: Single Serving Toffee Bits Cookies

single serving toffee bits cookies

One of my favorite things in life is dessert. I wish I didn’t have such a sweet tooth. But I do. And I indulged on my trip to Nantucket early this week.

For the past few days, I’ve tried to get back to much healthier eating. But I wanted a little bit of dessert today and cannot trust myself with baking a full recipe with a few dozen cookies. So it was time to bring back Desserts With Borders!

If you’re a new reader, my Desserts With Borders series is where I create recipes for single serving desserts. I take a regular recipe and shrink it down so that it’s a small portion and there are no leftovers. So it would be like if I went to a bakery and bought a few small cookies or one muffin.

It’s cheaper to bake at home. Not that any dessert is healthy, but when I create the recipe, I know all the ingredients in these desserts and I’m at least aware of what I’m eating and can adapt the recipe to fit my preferences. Plus, these recipes are fun to do and make me happy.

So, the last time that I made a single serving dessert was waaaay back in February. It was time! This cookie recipe took in total about 20 minutes to make. That’s not too long a time if you get a sudden craving for a few cookies. I loved these and hope you try them too. If you do, please let me know!

Single Serving Toffee Bits Cookies

Ingredients + Instructions

  • 3 T butter
  • 1 heaping T brown sugar
  • 1 heaping T sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • scant 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • scant 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • scant 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 T toffee bits

Set aside a small cookie sheet and use a small piece of parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. I used a toaster oven and the little pan that came with it.

Combine ingredients in a small bowl until you have smooth dough. I used a tablespoon to make five small cookies. You could make two or three bigger cookies if you like or one mega cookie. I might try the mega cookie next time!

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Use a spatula to turn cookies over onto a plate. Eat and enjoy!

Free Boston Common Coffee on Monday, September 29th!

Boston Common Coffee

It seems that just about everyday is a celebration of some kind of food. That’s alright by me. This coming Monday, September 29th is National Coffee Day!

To celebrate, North End-based indie coffee company, Boston Common Coffee will open a brand new cafe and bakery at 89 Canal Street. Great news for North Station commuters!

Plus, they will be giving away free coffee at all four locations from 6am – 9am. Their other three locations are listed below.

  • North End – 97 Salem Street
  • Downtown Crossing – 515 Washington Street
  • Financial District – 10 High Street
If you’re in any of these areas on Monday, stop by and celebrate the day with some free coffee!
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Photo Credits: From the left, Rainy day at High Street by Lauren Carey (@xlau7enx) and Boston Common Coffee on Instagram.

Scenes from Nantucket

Scenes from Nantucket

Late yesterday, I returned home from a few relaxing days in Nantucket. My mom treated me to the trip for my birthday. We had a wonderful time playing tourists. Nantucket isn’t just for summer travel! It’s beautiful in the fall too.

I have some eating destinations to share with you soon. Some shopping destinations too! But for now, I thought I’d share a few pictures. Have a lovely Friday!