Butter’s Famous Marshmallows

famous marshmallows

I’ve tried a lot of marshmallow recipes, but this one tops them all. It’s from Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood Bakery by Rosie Daykin, owner of Butter Baked Goods in Vancouver.  The book has over 100 recipes for showstopping muffins, scones, cookies and cakes, but Butter’s Famous Marshmallows, a recipe for the popular marshmallows…

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Quiche for Two or Three

Quichefortwo

More often than not the quiches I make are lightened up versions which use egg whites, low fat cheese and some sort of pastry crust alternative. But that kind of quiche wasn’t on the menu yesterday! This weekend we were in the mood for a smooth, no-holds-barred quiche made with half & half, cheddar cheese,…

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Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti

chocolate macadamia nut biscotti

I bought some macadamia nuts thinking I’d make white chocolate macadamia cookies, but as usual I couldn’t resist the pull of actual chocolate and ended up making double chocolate macadamia nut biscotti instead.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Scones

Vegan Chocolate Chip Scones

After using silken tofu in what we thought was a very good pudding, I decided to try using it as an egg/milk replacement in scones. To keep the vegan theme, I used coconut oil in place of butter and increased the amount of vanilla to help compensate for the missing butter flavor (which wasn’t missed…

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Pudding Made With Tofu

pudding made with tofu

If you’re trying to cut down on dairy and like the flavor of tofu – or at least don’t mind a hint of it – you have to try this pudding made with tofu. It’s chocolate mint flavored and tastes like a Girl Scout Thin Mint in pudding form. I’m not even a huge fan…

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Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad

I’m feeling a little “baked-out” these days, so instead of sharing my usual 100th rendition of chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies or chocolate cake, I’m going share great little salad we tried over the holidays. The parsley, mint and cucumber make it so refreshing, and since there’s so little oil it’s very light. Served with…

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Deluxe Chocolate Chip Pudding Mix Cookies

chocolate chip pudding cookies

Most of my favorite chocolate chip cookies are big, thick, dense, bakery style cookies that weigh in at around 3 to 4 ounces. A good example is the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipes. I just love those cookies and make them all the time, but they are huge, and making them for an…

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Creamy Chocolate Bon Bons

Creamy Chocolate Bon Bons

Using raw eggs in candy has fallen out of favor due to the risk of salmonella, but thanks to pasteurized eggs, I now give old recipes like this one a second look.  Made with an airy mixture of melted chocolate, eggs and butter, Creamy Chocolate Bon Bons are rich in chocolate and have a phenomenal…

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Green Bean Salad with Feta and Walnuts

Green Bean Salad

Normally this space would feature a sweet treat, but I haven’t made anything particularly interesting lately and rather than post my hundredth rendition of chocolate chip cookies, I decided to share this refreshing green bean salad made with green beans, feta, mint and walnuts.

Golden Grahams S’mores Bars

Golden Grahams

I’ve been making Indoor S’mores for years, but it seems our family’s favorite version has been updated. For one thing, they’re now called “Golden Grahams S’mores Bars”.

Cookie Dough Truffles

Cookie Dough Truffles

For a while, cookie dough truffles were everywhere — especially on Pinterest, where eggless versions of raw cookie dough balls dipped in chocolate ran the gamut from dough balls made with yogurt to cannabis. During their peak level of popularity, I wasn’t particularly interested in cookie dough balls and ignored the recipes in favor of…

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Granola Made With Condensed Milk

Granola Made With Condensed Milk

I bake a lot of half-batch recipes, and one of the consequences is I’m often left with half a can of this or a half can of that.  A lot of times, it’s condensed milk.  I wish they’d sell it in 7 oz cans or tubes, but for now I’ve grown used to finding a…

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Rye Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rye Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hal’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies were a big hit with our friends. The spices and powdered sugar were one reason, but the texture also made the cookies special. They were lumpy, bumpy, had crispy edges, were chewy in the center, and kind of dense — not cakey at all. As much as we liked HAL’s,…

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Hal’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hal's Favorite

I’m pretty open minded when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, but adding cinnamon and ginger and rolling them in powdered sugar is where I draw the line. At that point they’re just spice cookies, right? Or at least that’s what I thought when I first saw Hal’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’m glad I…

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Light Corn Muffins

Corn Muffins

If you prefer your corn muffins slightly sweet yet not dessert-like and light enough to accompany chili or soup without being too filling, here’s a recipe worth trying. I made these to serve alongside some really good vegetarian chili.

Triple Chocolate Muffins

Triple Chocolate Muffins

This recipe is from an old issue of Cooking Light. I knew I’d saved it for a reason, so I flipped through quickly and found Triple Chocolate Muffins – the perfect recipe for a cold and dreary day in Austin. These were so delicious and they baked up with very high tops.