Individual Garlic Bread Braids


Bread makes me happy. Garlic bread makes me happier. Individual garlic bread makes me even happier than that, but individual garlic bread that is braided makes me happiest of all. They hit all of the food points that make me nearly weepy*. You have a.) bread, b.) extra tasty bread, c.) cute bread, and d.)…

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup


  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


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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Korean Style Teriyaki Beef Lettuce Wraps


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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General Tso’s Chicken


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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Cinnamon Swirl Bread


AH- HAHAHAHAHAHAAH! Bwahaha-HA! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.  HA-ha! Evil laughs are so hard to put into words, but I really have to give it a shot here. I have three reasons to guffaw as though I’m the baddie who conquered MetroCity. I’ve discovered (or rather I discovered that King Arthur Flour discovered) the secret to a super moist…

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Pizza Black Bean Burgers


As promised in the last post, today I’m sharing a fun way to use up pizza sauce other than just pizza, not that there’s anything wrong with that… In the extreme heat we’ve been having lately, my appetite has flagged a little bit. Believe me when I tell you that’s not a normal condition around…

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Homemade Slow-Cooker Pizza Sauce


  Raise your hand if you think pizza is the perfect food. I see a lot of hands. This might take a while. I have my hand up. I’d stick both of them in the air and wave them like I used to do when I had the answer in History or English*, but then…

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