Jul 24
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Summer in a cookie

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I meant to make these last summer.

However in that lesson of detail that I seem to learn over and over again, I learned that dried corn and dehydrated/freeze-dried corn are definitely NOT the same thing.

And then I got distracted by something shiny and what are decidedly summer cookies (in my head at least) didn’t seem appropriate when I remembered again in winter.  Luckily, I’d bookmarked this wonderful creation of Christina Tosi’s and, when reorganizing cookbooks, found it again.  In the introduction to …

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Jun 26
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Easy Lemon Curd

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You’re getting kind of a half-assed post this week.
This  was supposed to be about an intensely delicious-sounding lemon coffee cake with lemon curd and lemon crumble.

Sadly, in execution, the whole affair was a flop.  It was heavy, the crumble didn’t brown properly and tasted (at least I thought) like raw flour.

I’m going to continue tinkering with the recipe.  Because really, if I can get it to work, this combo could change the world.

What couldn’t wait was the insanely easy recipe …

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Jun 19
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Any excuse

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While gathering inspiration for ways to rid my house of Nutella, I came across an absolutely lovely blog called The Cake Merchant. Oboist by profession, baker by passion, this author’s gorgeous photography and creative verve for desserts quickly pulled me in.

Of course, out of all the fancy and colorful creations she highlighted, the brown sugar and cinnamon shortbread caught my eye first.  As you know, I’m always looking for excuses to make shortbread and sable cookies.  And, reading the ingredients …

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Jun 12
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That which should never enter my house rides again

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I blame Costco.  After a near five year reprieve from membership at the warehouse mecca, TD and found ourselves wandering its (too busy for a Friday night) aisles.  Wandering the aisles at Costco is never a good idea.  I can’t remember what we went in for but am fairly certain the case of beer, apple chips, baby naans and two huge containers of Nutella were not on the original list.

There are only two things that I don’t trust myself to casually keep …

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Jun 5
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Perfect for your Pik-a-nic Basquete

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See what I did there?  No?  You will.

My mom came out to visit (and escape the interminable Montana winter) in late March.  We had lots of adventures and general shenanigans.  As someone who gets up even earlier than I do (an impossible feat according to TD), she spent some quality time perusing my little cookbook collection.

One of the recipes she pulled was for a gateau Basque out of Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.  Sadly, this was during our “oven …

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May 22
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Alfa who?

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Guess what we’re making?
[note--the pot above is utilized only as the bottom of the jerry-rigged  double boiler and for making dulce de leche where its contents do not interact with the food--I promise I'm not poisoning people with teflon].

It’s been a while since I had fun with dulce de leche.  And, I was thinking about my friend Melissa who moved to Argentina.  Another friend of mine was just there and it got me wondering why haven’t I been?  Why not just …

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May 15
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and getting caught in the rain…

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I went straight for it with our new range.  No foreplay, didn’t buy it dinner first. No banter about whether it was into the feel of the ocean, or the taste of champagne.

Not only did I pick an incredibly fickle recipe for the oven’s maiden voyage,  I also  added an additional layer of difficulty by trying a new twist I had no idea would work.

Replace some of the almond meal with ground freeze-dried pineapple in my favorite French macaron recipe? …

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May 8
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Kind-er Bars

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TD is a big fan of Kind bars.  I’m not a big fan of how much they cost.  The ingredients are so simple I reckoned someone had to have figured out how to “hack” them.

I was right.  The Yummy Life did a whole expose on these nutty little treats.

Which I then adapted for my own purposes.

They took about 20 minutes to make from start to finish.  And at about a quarter of the price of the original, I’ve added these to …

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May 1
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Mythological Munchies

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A long, long time ago a friend introduced TD and me to the caipirinha.  Exotic, refreshing and addicting, TD and I were easy fans.  While this delightful concoction of cachaca (think rum), muddled sugar and lime may be the national cocktail of Brazil, at the time, caipirinhas had yet to make it to the U.S. with any popularity.
At least that was our excuse for never quite remembering its name.
Instead, we opted for something more familiar that sounded similar: chupacabra. For …

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Apr 17
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Spring and rhubarb are in the air

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It was around…oh…January when I started thinking about things to make with rhubarb.  Despite the fact that winter never really showed up in Southern California,  I was already dreaming of the smell of fressia on the air and the delicate spoils of early spring.

Then, in late March, “catastrophe” hit: the oven died.  This wasn’t entirely unexpected.  In fact, I’ve been waiting patiently for what seems like years for the stock appliances in our kitchen to gracefully go to the Best …

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