January 2007

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Texas Al’s Peanut Butter Cookies

by on January 31, 2007 · 4 comments

Today’s cookie recipe was emailed to me by Erica, who got it from her uncle. Erica sent it to me in PDF form, so I got to see the original format. Fun! I love seeing recipes on original letterhead or in a person’s own handwriting. Texas Al had flair. I liked Texas Al’s format, so just […]

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Published on January 31, 2007
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Easy King Cake

by on January 29, 2007 · 29 comments

King Cake

Somehow, I went through life never knowing the existence of King Cakes. I’d never been to New Orleans, and Mardi Gras was a holiday that came and went with no fanfare whatsoever. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties, when a co-worker from New Orleans introduced me to King Cakes. Her dad kept sending them to her at work and each time she received one, she’d put it in the break room. The person who found the hidden plastic baby, in theory, should have bought another cake for the office. In this case, that person didn’t have to because the New Orleans girl’s dad just kept sending more! I kept thinking how sweet it was to have a dad who sent King Cake, so I like King Cake now for that reason. Still, I never felt compelled to make one from scratch.

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Published on January 29, 2007
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Can’t Stop Cookies

by on January 28, 2007 · 4 comments

I like reaching goals, which is why I keep them simple. Today’s goal was to use up some cornflakes.  Mission accomplished!  I’m not exactly sure where I found this recipe, but it’s a good one. The cookies have a light, crispy texture elegant enough to be served with tea at The Ritz. In fact, I […]

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Published on January 28, 2007
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Ancho Chile Fudge Pie

by on January 23, 2007 · 5 comments

Ancho Pie

I was out most of the day, but returned home this evening to find a few emails reminding me that it was National Pie Day — a holiday that could not go unobserved, hence this pie. The recipe, which is said to be that of a popular restaurant called “Z-Tejas”, is called Ancho Chile Fudge […]

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Published on January 23, 2007
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Guinness Stout Brownies II

by on January 19, 2007 · 8 comments

The brownies have cooked and cooled. They’re definitely better than the last batch, although the Guinness flavor isn’t very strong. In fact, I can’t even taste it this time. Maybe the brownies need another day to sit around. They’re fudgy, but not extremely dense. I beat the eggs and sugar quite a bit, so perhaps […]

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Published on January 19, 2007
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Guinness Stout Brownies

by on January 19, 2007 · 3 comments

It’s a cold, grey morning so I’ve decided to make a dark dessert to match — Guinness Stout Brownies. The last time I made Guinness Stout Brownies, I underbaked them. They tasted good, but weren’t really suitable for sharing. Today, I am using a new recipe and following it as stated. I will report back […]

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Published on January 19, 2007
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Hemp bars. No matter how many of them you eat, you’ll still have the munchies. Okay, not quite. But I do wish I could figure out what the heck it is that is making me so hungry today. I can’t stay out of the kitchen and am craving things like granola, bread and cookies. Usually […]

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Published on January 13, 2007
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One Bowl Chocolate Dulces

by on January 12, 2007 · 3 comments

Today’s recipe comes courtesy of the Austin Junior League. The original recipe for “Chocolate Dulces” is in the cookbook Austin Entertains. I cut the recipe in half, used brown sugar instead of white, and used the microwave instead of a double boiler. These are so good! The only thing I might …

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Published on January 12, 2007