Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's + a Giveaway

It's the last day of year and I just wanted to pop in and thank all of you who visit here.  Wishing you a very happy, safe, sparkly new years!

In addition, as my belated Christmas gift to you, I am giving away one copy of I love Macarons book by Hisako Ogita. This is a very cute book with full instructions on how to make macarons.
I love macarons book

Here's how to enter:
1.( REQUIRED) Are you a fan of A Cup of Mai on Facebook? If not, become one here and "like"my page! If  you are a  new fan, please say hello on my FB wall.  Then come back here and let me know what you did.  A winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday Jan 4, 2012 and announced shortly after.
images via-flickr

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate chip cookies are one of my guilty indulgences.  I've baked cookies so many time and I never could find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Either the batter was too cake-like or too crispy, and I searched around the internet to find something that reviewers really raved about.  This time I tried Alton Brown's recipe and it was such a hit! They were so easy to bake and the cookies turned out to be so soft  and chewy.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas filled with friends and family.  Now its time to gear up for New Year's Eve!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Christmas totally crept up on me this year. Have you done all your Christmas shopping? Are your trees up? I would love to hear from you!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, dried Cranberries and Sea Salt

Hey everyone,  just a quick post to wish everyone a healthy and happy holidays this year!
adapted from Whole Living Magazine

8oz of 70% dark chocolate, melted
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
dried cranberries
Coat a small pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Pour the melted chocolate into the pan and smooth with a spatula into an even layer. Sprinkle pistachios, sea salt and cranberries or any other optional toppings.  Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until completely set. Peel off parchment paper and break into pieces.  Enjoy!
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