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Roof Cake…The Evolution of Baked Goods

I’m back. Not sure for how long, but for the moment anyway, I am back. Like before, I didn’t go anywhere in particular. Just, away. From writing. Which is odd, because I quite enjoy it. In my defense, I’ve been extraordinarily busy for a few years. I moved—twice. I’ve been running my own food business […]

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Lost And Found

Sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself. Since shortly after graduating from college in 1992, I have worked as a Human Resource professional.  I loved it. Everyone, including myself, always said I’d have been a great lawyer.  Drawn to the intense legal focus of the Human Resource profession, and the constant use of […]

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#GreekSummer Getaway–and a Giveaway

Anyone that’s read my blog for a minute knows that I love Greek food, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review Debbie Matenopoulos’new cookbook, It’s All Greek To Me… One of my best friends when I was growing up was Greek, and I spent many summer days at her home, watching her […]

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You Eat With Your Eyes First

It isn’t often that I write about my day job.  Not that being a Human Resource professional isn’t interesting—it is. Maybe even TOO interesting at times.  When the moon is full, I deal with so much crazy at work that I just want to go home and bake and write and forget about it. But […]

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The Best Fajitas in Mumbai

Until a few months ago, I had never eaten Indian food. I mean the kind from India. I have eaten Native American food plenty of times—it’s built into the cuisine of my state and region. But the kind from India, I had avoided. I avoided it first because I was told since childhood that I […]

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Lemon Bars For Jamie

You know the old adage, right? When life hands you lemons……. Ok, ok…I COULD make lemon-aide, and sometimes I do. This time I made lemon bars. Because yum. But that’s not the kind of lemons we are REALLY talking about anyway. We are talking about the kind that life sometimes gives you. The really sour […]

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The Birds and The Bees of Avocados

Avocados are my favorite fruits. Now, if you are like most people, I know what you’re thinking:  “Avocados aren’t fruit. They can’t be fruit. Fruit is sweet. They must be vegetables, mustn’t they?”  Actually, no. And yes. You see, there are so many theories, opinions, and disciplines involved, that depending on whose viewpoint you are […]

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Going Hog Wild, With Whole Hog

WARNING, WARNING, WARNING: members of PETA and those who do not eat meat, you should prolly keep right on scrolling past this post. I’m from Texas, and we love meat up in here. Fresh on the heels of my post about big (pork) butts, I thought now would be a good time to share with you […]

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Shortbread Cookie Cheesecake Tart

    Shortbread Cookie Cheesecake Tart Serves 8-10   Cookie Crust: 2 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup butter, softened Heat oven to 350* Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until it comes together as ball. Press into bottom and ½ inch up the side of […]

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But, You Should See My Butt

What is YOUR big but? “But, what? Everyone I know has a big ‘But…?’ C’mon, Simone, let’s talk about your big “But”. —-Pee Wee Herman What? Like you don’t glean little nuggets of wisdom from Pee Wee Herman? That eternally childlike, sexually ambiguous, suit and bow-tie wearing imp from stage and screen? Anyway, he is […]

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