Apr 3
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Dee-lich-chus Cake

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I think I’ve talked about our adventures in cake-tasting and the beautiful but epic fail of a wedding cake that came out of them.  Thinking of that 100 degree day in San Diego combined with the smell of buttercream across many bakeries still make me cringe a little.

Let’s say the average wedding cake tasting consists of seven samples.  If my memory holds true, we visited four bakeries that faithful summer day.  A little air arithmetic, carry the one and it …

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Mar 20
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Thurman Merman would approve

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Growing up in San Diego, my mom would buy these fruit bars from a local establishment called Dudley’s Bakery.  Chewy, dense and studded with raisins, these bars were the perfect pre-swim workout snacks.  Over the years I’ve made several failed attempts at cracking the recipe code for these not-quite-cookie bars.  I could never get the texture quite right.  They were either too dry and crumbly or too chewy–like over-developed gluten.

To be honest, after my last swing-and-a-miss I’d purposefully put the …

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Mar 13
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Consider this the gateway hack

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I’ve been working on updating our master bedroom for a couple of years now.
It started with bedding.  Then we took the plunge and bought a real dresser.  While nary a scrap of my own clothing is organized within its deep and generous drawers, I love this dresser.    I’ve long admired the mid-century modern influence; even before Jon Hamm became its ultimate accessory.  And while this dresser’s clean lines are a clear nod to the movement, the natural finish and …

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Feb 27
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Two (or three) with tea

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Needing a lighter complement, I knew I had just the thing  to serve with the quadruple-threat chocolate cookies at Valentine’s.

Light and crispy, these sugar cookies are flavored with sparkling  blood orange zest and floral cardamom pods.

These have a higher butter-to-flour ratio than my usual sugar cookie recipe, I kept them in the fridge until right before popping them in the oven and they held their shape just fine.

I topped half with clear sanding sugar and the other half with a …

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Feb 20
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Butter, cinnamon and sugar my muffin

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When I mentioned the big plans I had over the holidays to attempt making my own puff pastry dough, I had morning buns on the brain.  Alas, the sun was too inviting and I decided to play with puff pastry another day.

I still had morning buns on my mind though.

This recipe, if you can even call it that, is embarrassingly simple:  a sheet of puff, some butter, cinnamon and sugar.  Then, right out of the oven, an additional dip in …

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Feb 13
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How to catch a valentine

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Have a valentine for whom you’d like to show your looooooove?

Need to catch a valentine so that someone will loooooooove you?

Well, have I got a recipe for you.  It has everything….

Oh, how I miss you Stefon.

But seriously.  I promise this quadruple chocolate threat cookie will get the job done.

And you know what they say.  If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.

Quadruple Threat Chocolate Cookies
adapted from Sunset Magazine’s 50 all-time best Sunset Test Kitchen …

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Feb 5
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Not just a puff piece

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A couple of years ago I went to work for a Catholic university of the St Ignatius of Loyola and Marymount persuasions.  While I’ve made my career in education, most often at the college-level, this was my first religiously-affiliated institution.

Always the diligent researcher, I went deep when preparing to interview for the job.  Part of my motivation was professional—I needed this prospective place of employment to know that I’d done my homework.  Selfishly, I also needed  to understand the values …

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Jan 30
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Showing off the glitter, on the cheap

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I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a clothes horse and shoe hound (which is odd considering I was born in a year of the ox).
In my defense, I’m pretty careful about how I curate and take care of my…collections.  So, I find myself cleaning-out and re-organizing my closet every month or two.  I not only own a flipfold.  I use it with relish.
For the last couple of years, I’ve kept track of my ever expanding collection of costumy-type necklaces on …

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Jan 22
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Lone Mountain Ranch Trail Cookies

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And we’re back.

 

The view off of the back porch of my parent’s house for the first couple of days we were there.   
TD and I spent the Christmas holidays with my family up in Montana.  There was lots of eating and drinking and general merry making by all involved.
 

 TD enjoying a Moscow Mule and the gloaming.
While my parents currently live right outside of Bozeman, their first Montana love (and house) was up in Big Sky.  A couple of days before …

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Dec 19
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It’s all just icing on the cookie

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“We elves like to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” Buddy, in Elf (2003).

Generally, my belief when decorating cookies is that the more you mess with them, the worse they taste.  While I appreciate the look real royal icing creates, I’ve always shied away from it because of this.
Using lemon juice in confectioner’s sugar, while pretty delicious does have its limitations.  Most specifically, I found no matter what I did, the colors …

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