January 2010

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Boudin Bakery is California based, but years ago they had a store in Chicago’s 900 North Michigan, a mall not too far from my apartment. If it was cold outside (and it usually was), I’d spend a few hours wandering around the mall window shopping. Occasionally I’d buy something at Bloomingdale’s, but for the most […]


Published on January 31, 2010
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Secret Promises Cookies

by on January 29, 2010 · 23 comments


It’s a cold and windy day here in Austin, and after taking Lizzie for a long walk I was quite ready for a cup of coffee and one of these cookies. They’re so good! The recipe is a twist on a very old one from Southern Living. It’s a peanut butter cookie stuffed with Dove […]


Published on January 29, 2010
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Yogurt Bran Muffins

by on January 28, 2010 · 9 comments

bran muffins

Yesterday I got about 20 emails requesting bran muffin recipes, so… Wait, that was a lie. I only got one request for muffins and it was from my daughter. And really, that was kind of a lie too because the way it went was it was 5:00 PM and she was starving. I …


Published on January 28, 2010
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It’s Girl Scout Cookie season here in Austin. Last year Fuzz offered our neighbors the full range of flavors, but this year she’s selling a limited variety including Thin Mints, Caramel Delights and my favorite — Peanut Butter Patties. What’s funny is that in all her sales calls, only two people have asked for anything […]


Published on January 27, 2010
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Chocolate Marshmallow Pie

by on January 26, 2010 · 14 comments

chocolate pie

This weekend I made chocolate pie from The Helen Corbitt Cookbook, a book I inherited from my mother who probably got it as a wedding present. Helen Corbitt’s book was special in our home because unlike the other books we owned (for instance “The Blender Way of Better Cooking”) it had the warmth and humor […]


Published on January 26, 2010
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Stay-Fresh Butterscotch Bars

by on January 25, 2010 · 9 comments


Last week during my experiments with glucose syrup, I came across this recipe from the famous Heny Sison culinary school in Manilla. It’s a basic butterscotch bar made with brown sugar, butter, etc., but with the addition of glucose syrup, designed to keep the bars moist and fresh. Saturday I baked a modified half batch of the bars and […]


Published on January 25, 2010
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ATK Low Fat Brownies

by on January 25, 2010 · 6 comments

Saw America’s Test Kitchen Low Fat Brownie recipe in the Dallas Morning News and am linking to it for future reference. Has anybody tried these? I’ve had some good low fat brownies, but enough bad ones to make me extra cautious.   Update:  The recipe is now free on America’s Test Kitchen “The Feed”.


Published on January 25, 2010
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For Christmas, Todd gave me this gem of a cookbook, copyright 1983.  It even has a forward from household hint guru Mary Ellen Pinkham who says the recipes are ones you’ll actually use. At first glance, I wasn’t so sure.  I’m not a food snob, but recipe titles like Curried Oriental Tidbits, Ham Cakes Mauna Loa and […]


Published on January 23, 2010