July 2011

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Oreo Chocolate Chunk Cookie Base

by on July 31, 2011 · 13 comments

Way back in 2007 I posted a Chocolate Chunk Cookie with Oreos in it. A lot of bakers were stuffing Oreo chunks into cookies back then, and one of the recipes being used as “base” was from the Nielsen-Massey recipe collection. I thought I’d mention this because people people appreciated the link posted earlier to […]


Published on July 31, 2011
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Almond Oat and Trail Mix Bars

by on July 28, 2011 · 9 comments

almond trail mix

I was playing around with almond paste, you know – like everyone does on a hot summer day in Texas, and had half a roll left I needed to use up. I figured Odense, the people who make the only brand of almond paste I know of, could help. They did. I hadn’t been to […]


Published on July 28, 2011
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Free Form Blueberry Tart

by on July 27, 2011 · 12 comments

free-form blueberry tart

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover free-form tarts, but thanks to Food & Wine, I did and I’m hooked. This recipe is for a blueberry flavored one, and as the name implies, there’s no tart pan, pie shell or anything to hold it together other than pastry, which in this case […]


Published on July 27, 2011
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Rocky Road Peanut Butter Brownies

by on July 25, 2011 · 43 comments

Rocky Road Peanut Butter Brownies

We’re Seattle bound! Not today, but soon; and I’m really excited because it’s one state I’ve always wanted to visit but just never did. The thing is, I’ve been so busy and haven’t had time to do any research. Normally, I map out our days hour by hour so we can cover as much territory […]


Published on July 25, 2011
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BHG’s State Cookie Contest

by on July 23, 2011 · 6 comments

State Cookie Logo

Do you have a state cookie? To promote their new line of bakeware, Better Homes and Gardens asked bloggers to participate in their BHG Live Better State Cookie Contest by posting a photo of a cookie representing their state. Our mission is to help them pick a winner by voting. Now don’t worry.  I’m not […]


Published on July 23, 2011
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Spice Islands Aztec Brownies

by on July 21, 2011 · 23 comments

Spice Islands

Last week Spice Islands emailed asking if I’d like to sample some of their spices. Hmm? I thought. Could I really use spices? Well, gee. I don’t know. And vanilla? What would I do with that? Just kidding, of course. What I said was “Heck yes!” So Spice Islands sent some spices and I told […]


Published on July 21, 2011
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Apple Streusel Bread

by on July 19, 2011 · 8 comments

Apple Streusel Bread

Today’s apple bread made with Lucky Leaf apple pie filling, was a surprise hit and one I wish I’d tried sooner. The problem was it also called for biscuit mix and the only type I buy is the lower fat “Heart Smart” type, which I wasn’t sure would work. But today I was desperate — […]


Published on July 19, 2011
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Pineapple Bars

by on July 17, 2011 · 12 comments

pineapple coconut bars

I felt like making a big old pineapple cake this weekend, but given the heat and the fact we don’t have anyone around to help us eat a giant cake, I decided to go with these super easy bars made with crushed pineapple. Unlike my usual go-to pineapple desserts Millionaire Pie and Banana Split …


Published on July 17, 2011