2011

Giveaway: Land o’ Lakes Eggs & Visa Giftcard

27
Dec
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As the saying goes, eggs are eggstraordinary. As far as I’m concerned, eggs are the most versatile food on the planet. You can prepare them in thousands of ways, pair them with ingredient after ingredient – from flour to truffles, and the resulting dish will be stupendous.  You should know, though, that not all eggs […]

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Nanny’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

23
Dec
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These cookies may look like nothing special, but to me they mean Christmas, plain and simple. Every year of my childhood, Nanny and Mom would set out to make several dozen of these little guys, and then into the freezer they would go. First to be eaten at Christmas, but we’d eat the leftovers all […]

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Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

20
Dec
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This is it, y’all. Crunch time. Normally I count myself in the few that has Christmas shopping done by October. This year? Not so much. In fact, I’ll fully admit that not four hours ago, I purchased the last of the gifts we’ll give this Christmas, and I really hope it reaches my brother-in-law in […]

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Christmas Tea Shortbread

18
Dec
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Shortbread is one of those things I’m sort of a traditionalist about. I hesitate to even add vanilla extract, because I feel adding extra liquids to the perfect balance of flour, powdered sugar, salt, and butter would upset the natural order of things. So when it comes to adding flavor, I tend to look towards […]

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Mexican Chocolate Chewy Cookies

16
Dec
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Mexican Chocolate Chewies have got to be the easiest cookie I’ve ever made. They were also one of those cookies that, once the batter was done, I kind of worried I’d done it wrong. Would this soupy mixture really come together into a chewy cookie? I put my trust and faith in Lisa Fain, and […]

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Giveaway: Green Mountain Coffee Holiday Package

13
Dec
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Happy Holidays, friends! 2011 has been an amazing year full of all sorts of yummy treats and recipes I couldn’t have imagined a year or two ago. Today the fourth recipe I’ve created for Green Mountain Coffee debuts. I could not imagine in January what a wonderful year this would be; a highly caffeinated year […]

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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

12
Dec
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Cookie swaps are a relatively new concept to me. While I often baked cookies for family and friends in Texas, I don’t remember anyone ever getting together to swap what we’d baked. Certainly it never happened in England, I think I was one of the few people I knew that baked or cooked from scratch […]

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Nuts & Bolts: Bread Baking Essentials

05
Dec
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Today we’re talking nuts and bolts. The essential tools and tricks that I’ve found make a certain kitchen task easier, or that ensure the desired results, every time. We spent last weekend in Washington, D.C. with family. It was a whole lotta fun, both sight-seeing in our nation’s capital and getting to know family that […]

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Giveaway: The Homesick Texan Cookbook

02
Dec
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When I stumbled (literally – through StumbleUpon) on Lisa Fain’s blog, Homesick Texan, the first thing I thought was: “Woohoo! Another Texan in the NYC area!” and the second thing I thought was: “That is a perfect name for a blog!”. I landed on her blog about a year after I’d started mine. But she’s […]

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Giveaway: Sugar, Sugar Cookbook

30
Nov
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If you know me, you know I have a mahooooosive sweet tooth. When I was asked to review the new cookbook, “Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story” by Kimberly “Momma” Reiner and Jenna Sanz-Agero, how could I possibly say no with a title like that? I really enjoy Kimberly and Jenna’s approach to desserts […]

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