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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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
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Paradise Sugar Cookies

It’s been a while since I posted a sugar cookie recipe, so here’s one I made yesterday and wanted to share. At first I was on the fence.  The cookies were okay, but not great.  But after a full day of chilling, I baked up a second round and thought they were much better.  Being […]


Published on July 15, 2011