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Li'l Cookie Lovelies (Baci Di Dama Hazelnut Cookies)

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Li'l Cookie Lovelies (Baci Di Dama Hazelnut Cookies)

BACI DI DAMA (ITALIAN HAZELNUT COOKIES)Prep time: 1 HRS 30 MINS cook time: 20 MINSAuthor: COOK’s ILLUSTRATEDBaci di Dama ( Italian Hazelnut Cookies) = two buttery hazelnut cookies sandwiched together with a dollop of dark chocolate. Perfect with un cafecito or café au lait!COOKIE INGREDIENTS:3/4 cup (3oz./85g) hazelnuts toasted and partially skinned2/3 cup (3.3 oz) AP Flour1/3 (2.3 oz) cup sugar1/8 tsp salt6 tbsp unsalted butter cut into small cubes, chilledCHOCO FILLING: 2 oz. melting chocolate (I used 60% Cocoa Ghirardelli baking morsels)INSTRUCTIONS:TOAST: Toast the hazelnuts at 325F for 15 minutes, until fragrant, shaking the pan every 5 minutes or...

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Surtex Prep!

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Here at the studio, I'm in full-out Surtex prep mode!  Yes, it's only March, and Surtex is in May, but I hate leaving things to the last minute.  I tend to avoid last-minute frenzies and prefer instead to work at a steady pace... So that's where I've been... in Surtex preparation!  (Ahem... getting ahead of myself, eh?) Ah yes, I should explain.  What is Surtex?  It's a tradeshow for licensing illustration and artwork.   What do I mean by licensing? That's when you rent your work out to different industries that need visuals for their products.  And, that's my aim...

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A Group of Charming Cuties

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Last week, I had something very interesting happen.  I had a kind of cute-splosion.  I started illustrating for the children's apparel market so I can begin to pitch my work.  I did some short research by looking at my son's clothes and picking out my super-top favorites.... and then it all just flowed. It was remarkable.  I just worked on Illustrator and out came these characters and their back-stories and little lives.  I kept wanting (and still do) to keep on drawing them and their accessories and interactions... Next, I want to develop each character on their own!  What do...

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