Dense and Chewy Mexican Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 18, 2014
Chocolate Chip Cookie Molina

I forgot to post this on May 15, which I’m sure all of you know was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so here it is. Aside from being a good cookie recipe, it’s an excuse to tell you about a brand of vanilla I recently bought called Molina.

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Tin Roof Sundae Pie

May 16, 2014
Tin Roof Pie

Rocky Road ice cream was invented in 1929 by William Dreyer, who is also credited for coining the term “rocky road” –  an allusion to The Great Depression and the tough times ahead. As for Tin Roof ice cream, it may have originated from a popular sundae of vanilla ice cream with caramel and fudge […]

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Chocolate Mallow Malt Pie

May 13, 2014
Chocolate Mallow Malt Pie

A few years ago a friend sent me a vintage copy of Best of the Bake-Off Collection, a book with 1,000 Bake-Off recipes dating back to the fifties. It’s a fun little cookbook, and was the inspiration for this pie.

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New York Bagel Recipe — Cinnamon Raisin Flavor

May 11, 2014
Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and those who have them. My gift was a homemade card, a pile of cookbooks and a bottle of Pinot Gris from Oregon. My mother’s gift was a store-bought card with Snoopy on it (family tradition), coffee for her Keurig and some cinnamon raisin swirl bagels made “New York” […]

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Tried a Second Kentucky Race Day Pie — Review

May 9, 2014
Race Day

I finally got around to asking our neighbor, Judy, which pie recipe she used for her Kentucky Derby party. She said it was “My Kentucky Derby Dessert” from, and that she liked it even though it overflowed. Judy is pretty laid back about such things.

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Kentucky Race Day Bourbon Chocolate Walnut Pie

May 7, 2014

Our neighbors held their annual Kentucky Derby party last weekend, and as usual they served the famous chocolate-nut-bourbon pie named after the race. We weren’t able to stick around for dessert, so I made up for it by baking the pie yesterday.

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Chewy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars

May 5, 2014
Chewy Macadamia White Chocolate Bars

Today’s cookies are a long awaited reward for some friends who ran the Capitol 10K, a big running event here in Austin.  Have I mentioned just how active people are in this city? It’s good because it makes me feel less guilty serving desserts. All this running demands fuel, right? Fuel in the form of […]

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Cinco de Mayo Brownies

May 5, 2014
Crunch Crust Brownies

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I have another recipe in mind for today, but I just realized I am out of nuts and have to make a grocery store run.  So until I come back with today’s actual recipe, here’s another good one  — Mexican Chocolate Crunch Brownies. The original version of the recipe was created […]

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