Archive | December, 2011
Texas Fusion Pasties With Charred Pineapple Habanero Sauce

Of Meat Pies and Lingerie—Bringing the Heat

There are two kinds of Pasties.  One is the self-adhesive variety that dancers wear on stage.  Not classically trained dancers. The other kind.  They may be purchased in the same establishments that sell 6 inch platform heels and miniscule under-garments. This kind is pronounced paste-ee, which rhymes with tasty, although I am pretty sure they […]

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Hot Mulled Wine

Tequila Makes My Brain Fall Out

With New Year’s Eve quickly approaching, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t at least broach the subject of booze.  I should also point out that I am no longer a regular partaker of the “spirit water”, myself, but I don’t have a problem if you do.  In fact, if you drink heavily, […]

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choc orange cupcake pdf

The Call of The Wild…And of The Chocolate

The capacity for being sneaky has existed for as long as mankind.  The only being with the ability to think beyond its instinct brings with it the power to choose mischief over conscientiousness, naughty over nice, and chocolate over vanilla.  The question of whether or not people are inherently good, or inherently bad is as old as the question of birth […]

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Caramel Apple For The Teacher Cake

Let Me Eat Cake! How We Got It Wrong About Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette was the very young (14 years old), Austrian born bride toFrance’ King Louis XVI during the French Revolution.  She is most remembered for the infamous (and likely non-factual) comment “let them eat cake!” in reference to a mostly starving population of French peasants.  Had she lost her mind?  If you are the Queen, […]

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Sure Do Like Those Christmas Cookies, Sugar

  I did one more cookie for our cookie swap today, and thought I’d share it also.  It is my son’s favorite–a simple, lemony sugar cookie.  Crisp and buttery on the edges and soft in the middle. Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups […]

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Snow Balls

Santa and The Elves Are Cookie Thievin’ Sugar Junkies

Sugar is worse than illegal drugs.  It is today what LSD was in the 1970’s.  I know this because: 1)                   I was a Director at Psych and Chemical Dependency Hospital; and 2)                   I am a Foodie who bakes.  A lot. I believe that some people are able to kick their chemical dependencies more easily than their […]

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Shrimp And Grits

What Is A Grit? And Other Tales of Heartache

I am ashamed to say this as a Southerner, but I took grits for granted. They were always there on my breakfast plate.  A comfortable replacement for Cream of Wheat.  White. Creamy.  Sweet.  Slathered with butter.  Why should they dream to be anything else?  Why should I think they had other dreams? As happens too often […]

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You Fried The Shrimp In What?!

Pirate Shrimp One of the great things about cooking, is that there are no hard and fast rules. There are some suggestions, like “don’t put the Everclear in the saucepan while you are boiling the jello”, as you tend to burn down the kitchen before the jello shots are finished.  Thank you to my sister, Sarah, for testing […]

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Thanksgiving Croquettes

Thanksgiving Croquettes

I made this fun little snack with Thanksgiving leftovers… Turkey, chopped, and mashed potatoes rolled into 2″ balls.  Stuffing formed around those into larger balls.  Roll in Panko, spray with non stick spray.  Bake at 350* about 20 minutes, until golden brown, and heated through. Serve in a pool of gravy, with homemade cranberry sauce on […]

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Look Who Stole 1 Pound of Cream Cheese From My Counter

  Yep, he did.  After eating 2 pounds of butter a few months ago, tonight he stole (literally snatched it while I was in the washroom) 2 blocks of cream cheese and ate them.

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