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Makin’ the Jelly

Well, I’ve never canned before, and I’ve never made homemade jam/jelly before…but I’m an intelligent human being with opposable thumbs and better than average reflexes, and I’ve planted 18 freaking tomato plants this year, so I need to get some practice in! Using Christine Ferber’s Mes Confitures as for theory and baseline (though I will […]

Eat ‘Em Up, Yum

So, I’ve had this madeleine pan for years now, never used it, but what with the baking frenzy going on here lately, I decided this weekend would be its maiden voyage. There are a BILLYUN madeleine recipes out there, people.  Refrigerate 3 hours, eggs at room temperature, dance naked in the moonlight to ensure the […]

Punishments Indeed

Borrowed Smitten Kitchen’s Punitions recipe for some cookie slinging tonight:   These are thin buttery cookies that are generally sandwiched together with ganache:   And make no mistake, they’re completely delicious this way, but I had in mind something a little different: An approximation of Pepperidge Farm’s Geneva cookie, except this one is done with […]

Recipe: Chile Oil

Though I only planted one Red Rocket pepper and one Thai Hot pepper plant last year, if you grow peppers you know how they produce.  So I’ve dried them all, and now here I am with bags and bags of supremely fiery peppers and a family with wussy gringo palates.   What to do, what […]

Daring, Daunting… What’s the Difference?

Sooo, I’ve joined the Daring Bakers, and wtf not, I have absolutely nothing else to do, eh?  No, seriously, I’ve looked at their past recipes and honestly look forward to the challenges.  So much so apparently that today I tackled Julia Child’s French Bread recipe.  *blink* Hey, go big or stay home, as a particularly […]

Cups o’Cake

Well, I was supposed to be reorganizing that nightmare we call our “pantry” today, but the Husband requested cupcakes, so cupcakes he got. Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 egg whites  1/2 cup shortening 1 cup […]

Recipe: Homemade Not-Tootsie Rolls

Need a quick last minute gift for someone?  Then take an hour or so and whip up some homemade things that are eerily similar in taste, texture and appearance to Tootsie RollsTM.  But which, for legal reasons, are not actually Tootsie RollsTM. Homemade Not-Tootsie Rolls Ingredients 2 tbsp softened butter 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder […]

Cookie Monster

I had already planned to make cookies today…I just hadn’t planned on making quite this many.   But after harvesting the goodies from the garden this morning, and noticing all the ripe and near-ripe key limes on the tree, the ball started rolling with… Key Lime Cookies Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1 cup white sugar […]

Recipe: Lemon-Lime Glazed Cake Thingies*

*Yeah, that’s a technical term. This recipe started by accident, a huge nightmare of a failed buttercream mishap.  Today was the Girlchild’s birthday party, and I got all ambitious after the Thanksgiving cooking and decided to make her cake myself.  The cake part was simple, a tried and true Nestle’s chocolate recipe, and for the […]

Recipe: Milk Dud Cookies

Some of you might recall the Movie Food recipe, Mallrat’s Cookie Stand Cookies, wherein we substituted candy coated malted milk balls for chocolate chips… STILL the very best cookie I’ve ever had in my ENTIRE life. Last week during Thanksgiving break, the kids and I decided that cookies were more the thing this year, instead […]