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Sonoma Crush Vanilla

I’ve added a new vanilla to the collection. Lisa recommended this in the comment section a while back, and I just happened to stumble upon it in the gourmet section of a local liquor store. Sonoma Syrup’s Vanilla Bean Extract Crush is a blend of Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla with crushed vanilla seeds thrown in. […]


Published on September 18, 2013
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My Favorite Angel Food Cake

by on September 10, 2013 · 5 comments

Angel Food Cake

If you plan on diving into the world of pastry cream, here’s another recipe that might come in handy. My  favorite angel food cake recipe plus the frosting that goes with it will take care of all those extra egg whites! And did you know egg whites could be frozen, thawed and whipped?  In all […]


Published on September 10, 2013
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Cream Puff

I thought I’d be making bowls upon bowls of pastry cream since I’m searching for a favorite, but thanks to Katrina’s friend Paige, I may have found “the one”. Like yesterday’s pastry cream, this one starts with 2 cups of whole milk. However, instead of 2 yolks and a whole egg, it uses 4 yolks. […]


Published on September 9, 2013
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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

by on September 6, 2013 · 11 comments

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Twists

These delicious candy/cookies were inspired by a recent trip to Make it Sweet, a cake decorating shop in North Austin which I finally got to visit. I live south and rarely venture north of the river, but I agreed to take a break from baking last weekend and go to a pinball arcade with …


Published on September 6, 2013
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Honey Trail Mix Bars

by on August 20, 2013 · 2 comments

Honey Trail Mix Bars

If you’ve been searching for the perfect chewy granola bar, here’s a recipe worth saving. It’s adapted from Olivia Dupin’s fabulous cookbook The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods, which has become one of my favorites as of late. Everything I’ve tried so far has been fantastic, and the book is an interesting read. Subtitled […]


Published on August 20, 2013
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Peanut Butter Blowouts

by on August 10, 2013 · 12 comments

Peanut Butter Blowouts

For many years, my favorite chunky peanut butter cookies were these Get Well Soon Cookies; but this morning I was tempted to try another version. I’ve seen the recipe for “Blowouts” in a few places including Midwest Living, where the key add-ins are Reese’s Miniatures and honey roasted peanuts. As usual, I didn’t have any […]


Published on August 10, 2013
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Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

by on August 5, 2013 · 10 comments

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

In honor of Martha Stewart’s birthday this weekend, I tried a recipe from the Martha Stewart website. Have you seen it lately? It’s been redesigned since I last visited and is now quicker and more visual than ever. I love it! And I loved these gluten free oatmeal cookies from Martha Stewart’s cookie section, too.  […]


Published on August 5, 2013
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Basic White Bread

This bread was inspired by a situation that occurred a few weeks ago. Fuzz had a friend over for an all-day visit, and when lunch time rolled around, I wasn’t able to make this friend what she wanted — a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had tons of good peanut butter and some […]


Published on July 16, 2013