Homemade Larabars

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I was a little late to the energy bar party.  It was a matter of semantics. Energy bars. That’s really not a very appetizing name. In fact, it sounds like some futuristic food substitute (i.e. Soylent Green. F.Y.I. That’s people, people.) Ew. There’s another little wrinkle. You see, energy bars sound like healthy food for…

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Snickerdoodle Cake with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream

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This Snickerdoodle Cake is something special folks. A towering four layer Snickerdoodle cake made with cinnamon, vanilla, and butter is generously iced with a rich Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting Recipe for a cake that is the stuff of dreams. Make no mistake. This one is indulgent and it is worth it! Here is the…

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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  It is no secret that I am a big proponent of making things that many folks buy at the store. From the common (potato chips, bread, ice cream, laundry detergent) to the hard-or-impossible-to-find (furikake, candied jalapenos, game stock), home kitchen alchemy can do it if it’s worth having or doing. Sometimes my efforts earn…

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Spinach Bacon Cheddar Munchy Cakes

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My name is Mrs. Bacon Onion Cheddar-Spinach, but you can call me Mrs. Spinach. I loved spinach so much that I married it. Er, not really, but you get the point. Spinach. Sigh. This is a bittersweet story. For years, I didn’t cook spinach as much as I’d like because my kids -most of ‘em…

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Coffee Milkshakes

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I have been a wee bit obsessed with milkshakes lately. And no. I’m not pregnant.  I just can’t get enough of the wonderful world of creamy, sweet, thick, milkshakes. I can’t quite figure out why. What is this sudden need for the ultimate comfort food? It couldn’t possibly be because… … my two eldest sons…

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Fried Mozzarella Sticks

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Yesterday I posted a supercool giveaway along with a delicious recipe that apparently scared the knickers off of many readers with the length of the ingredient list. Never let it be said I don’t listen. Today? We have a four ingredient recipe that’ll leave your undies intact and knock your socks off. We’re talking about…

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Korean Style Teriyaki Beef Lettuce Wraps

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A couple months ago I was contacted by Back To The Roots, a company that sells grow-your-own-gourmet-mushroom kits using composted coffee grounds. Before I even got two sentences into the email from them I had hit reply with a message that went something like this: “Yes! Whatever you’re asking me, yes! I love mushrooms. LOVE…

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Homemade Furikake |Japanese Rice Seasoning

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The first order of business on this post just plain has to be pronunciation. Foo-ree-kah-kay. My boys, however, prefer to call it furry khaki. Why? Well, I assume it has something to do with being very silly boys. Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s talk about what it is… Furikake is like…

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General Tso’s Chicken

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I love chicken. I love Chinese food. I love Chinese chicken dishes. I really, really do. It’s a matter of garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil.  There’s just something about that combination that makes me weak. The heady, nutty scent of toasted sesame oil with the pungent garlic and spicy ginger and the umami…

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