Archive | November, 2011
All American Apple Pie

The Apple of My Pie

It is often said that cooking is art and baking is science.  Cooking was so natural to a right-brained, artistic type like myself.  I viewed a recipe as the canvas on which I would create my masterpiece.   A blank space to which I would add my own color with a pinch of this, or […]

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Roasted Acorn Squash

Squash Squashed

I hate squash.  Or did for the first 35 years of my life, anyway.  In fact, squash is the primary reason that I developed such a passion for the culinary arts.  I know that makes about as much sense as a fur coat in Tahiti, but it’s true. Growing up, my only exposure to squash […]

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Grapefruit and Mandarin Pie

Pie Are Square, And Other Reasons I Hated Math

I was never good at math.  Like most girls, I excelled in verbal acrobatics and science, but math and history were, well, Greek to me.  Not surprising, I guess, since so much of what we know of math was first contemplated, theorized, solved, and proved thousands of years ago in ancient Greece.  Of course, there […]

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Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes with Mango Lime Buttercream, and Chile Dried Mango

Hey, Cupcake!

Boys, don’t run off yet.  We will mention bar food, beer and other booze in this article.  I also mention hockey, but don’t get too excited about that. For as many times as I have baked cupcakes, eaten cupcakes, and written about cupcakes, I realize that I have not actually included any recipes for cupcakes.  I […]

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Citrus Ricotta Pancakes

Hoe Cakes Are Not What “Working Girls” Eat For Breakfast

Hoe Cakes, also called Johnny Cakes, are an old southern recipe, originating like so many great southern recipes did—from meager ingredients and improvisation born of the hardscrabble life of a slave.  The first recipes were most likely very basic—ground dried corn, maybe a bit of honey or molasses, and lard or fat drippings, cooked on […]

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Dried Chile Pods

It’s Chilly, Chili, Chile

The weather has turned chilly.  In central Texas, we get all excited when the temperature drops below 70 degrees, and we start acting crazy. Like white-tailed bucks during the rut.  For the uninitiated, the rut is that one time of year when white tail deer mate.  During this period the bucks seem to lose any […]

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Of Whoopie Pies, Moon PIes, and Gobs....

Making Whoopie!

Pies…..Whoopie Pies.  But since I got your attention, you may as well read a little further, right?  Since you are here and all. In the Northeast, they are called Whoopie Pies.  The theory is that Amish cooks would spoon the dollops of leftover cake batter into little globs, and bake them to test the temperature […]

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Before, During, and After the Party

Pumpkins, Punkins, and The Root Beer House

Definitions: Pumpkins–a member of the squash family; carved into Jack-O-Lanterns during Halloween, and baked into pies at Thanksgiving.  May be made into other delicious dishes, as below… Punkins–term of endearment, usually reserved for my kids, or anyone else’s kids, and sometimes people’s dogs.  Babies may be called punkin seeds, naturally. I don’t know why, but […]

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