Bacon Jam (a.k.a. Oooh-Mommy! Jam)

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You know food is going to make you happy when it smiles at you.  (Probably could’ve made a buck selling a smiling egg yolk on eBay, but honey?  There was no way I was walking away from this breakfast.  And even if I did, there were twelve people waiting to take over the job for…

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Finnish Oven Pancakes (Pannukakku)

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There is a certain type of weather that requires you to fire up your oven;  To combine flour, butter, eggs, milk and various other good things and apply heat. There is something in the low temperatures or rain or snow that obliges you to create baked goods and then eat them.  Since I am a…

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Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Sandwiches

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Wake. Breakfast. School. Work.  Snack. School. Work. Lunch. School. Work. Snack. Work. Chores. Play. Dinner. Play. Bed. Repeat 4 times.  Weekend. Routines can be good things, but getting them to become routine is the tricky bit. And fitting everything extra (cooking, planning, friends, activities) into this fresh Fall routine?  Hoo boy. It makes me feel…

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Corn Dog Bread

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Summer and corn dogs are like winter and hot cider; you just hafta. What is is about corn dogs that is so appealing?  Is it as simple as the whole “food on a stick” universal truth*? Or is it more complicated?  Maybe it comes down to the crazy appeal of the hot dog itself.  Perhaps…

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Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers and S’Mores Bars

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Oftentimes, the ordinary things are the ones that bring the most pleasure; a cool breeze on a hot day, sitting quietly next to your kids on the couch, studying puffy white clouds in a cerulean sky, eating the first sun-warmed berry of the season or curling up to sleep at night between cool, clean sheets….

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Homemade Naan

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Welcome to part IV of the series of component dishes  to make the transcendent ‘Second to Naanwich’ that still has me obsessed almost three weeks after eating it. (Don’t forget to peek at Part I, Candied Jalapenos a.k.a. Cowboy Candy, Part II, Homemade Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Yogurt Salsa [Raita] and Part III, Homemade Ghee…

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Candied Jalapenos

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  This last week, my baby brother Luke told me admiringly that I had finally done it. “To which it do you refer?” I inquired. “IT!” said Luke. Luke was referring to this. This sandwich blew my mind. It was the perfect sandwich. I do not use the phrase ‘perfect sandwich’ lightly. It is a…

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Vanilla Bean Cardamom Pound Cake with Apples in Caramel Sauce

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I’m going to warn you right now.  The cake is made with a pound (A POUND, PEOPLE!) of butter, nine eggs, a pound of sugar and a pound of flour. Then the cake is sliced, spread with yet more butter and griddle fried. It’s addictive.  And it’s swimming in caramel.  And it’s topped with crème…

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Amish Cookies

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This is the face of a monster. Merciless. This is a face that destroys on a whim. Unyielding. This is a face that -without pause- devastates the entire population… Of cookie jars. This is my cookie monster baby. Allow me to illustrate.  The Evil Genius and I went to Houston before Christmas and the boys’…

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Bacon and Swiss Rye Muffins

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These muffins won’t win any beauty contests.  They’re not the prettiest muffins on the block.  They have a muffin face only a mother could love.  But man-oh- man, they’re delicious.  Let me break it down for you… They have bacon.  That alone should be enough to convince you. They have Swiss cheese both in them…

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