Merry Christmas & Brie En Croute with Pecans & Fig Jam (recipe)


Merry Christmas from me and my family! This is my little cousin Catherine.

Guys… sick again. I think I’ve been sick once per month since starting this new job/school. Christmas cocktail: cranberry pomegranate Emergen-C.

That didn’t stop me from going to yoga though. I even managed to put on this cute outfit from Fabletics!

Brie en croute with fig jam, pecans, rosemary, & brown sugar served with fig & olive crackers. See recipe at the bottom!

We won some puppets from playing Taboo at the family get-together.

Baron got some turkey for Christmas!

We got Starbucks, which was the only store open in Old Towne Orange.

Then we squatted outside to bask in the California [sunshine] Christmas.



  • 1 round of brie
  • 1 Trader Joe’s puff pastry square
  • 1/2 c. fig jam (I used Trader Joe’s of course)
  • 1/2 c. pecans, chopped
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • Salt & pepper, as needed


  1. Defrost one puff pastry roll.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Unroll the puff pastry and place brie in the center.
  4. Spread a layer of fig jam on top of the brie.
  5. Place a layer of pecans on top of the jam.
  6. Sprinkle the brown sugar and rosemary evenly on top of the pecans.

  7. Starting with one corner of the puff pastry, fold to the center of the brie.
  8. From that corner, slowly fold sides to the brie. Don’t stretch too much because the brie will leak!
  9. Bake for 30 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Mine was undercooked but we liked it that way!

I served mine with Trader Joe’s fig and olive crackers. I was surprised that my Asian family and their friends ate it all!

How did you spend Christmas Eve and how are you spending your Christmas Day?

WIAW: Coffee and Cookies

I was always a tea person… until I started working.

That cup of Joe helps me stay energetic ALL DAY.

I usually make my own. This is Arman’s homemade gingerbread latte recipe.

Sometimes I’ll head to Starbucks in the morning. Black and with a few drops of Sweet Leaf Stevia peppermint.

If I have time, I’ll go somewhere local. ChocXO is a rather expensive favorite right now ’cause almond milk gingerbread lattes and dark chocolate mochas.

Coffee is a nice treat when it’s cold and rainy, and since it’s the holiday season: COOKIES!

I signed up for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap so I needed to come up with a recipe quick.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

How about some browned butter cookies? Those always turn out well.

I got fancy and made browned butter with lavender chocolate coffee grounds then put the dough in the fridge.

They tasted like shortbread cookies and were ehhh…

Chelsea over KaTom Restaurant Supply and writes the company’s awesome blog (they talk about Asheville all the time) sent me 3 different kinds of cookie bars: peppermint, toffee, and sea salt and almond.

The peppermint was so amazing that I thought I would crush some peppermint bark and put them in a cookie bar. Hello snickerdoodle cookie bars with peppermint and dark chocolate.

Like most of my cookies, they turned out cake-like.

Finally, I tweaked the snickerdoodle recipe to make it more gingerbread-like. This gingerbread cookie with peppermint and dark chocolate was a winner.

I shipped them out and will have the recipe for you next week!

Do you make your own coffee? How do you take your coffee?

What’s your favorite cookie recipe?