Pickled Ginger (Gari)

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I love sushi. I love it so much. I love everything about it. The fish, the rice, the nori, the little wad of wasabi, but as much as I love all of that, I love the pickled ginger, or gari, even more. Oh, pickled ginger, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways….

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Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake

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I’m going to apologize to anyone who is on a diet or watching their waistline or avoiding sweets right now and get it out of the way. I also tender my deepest and most sincere apologies to carrot cake and pineapple upside down cake addicts because what I’ve done? Well, it’s dangerous. Really dangerous. My…

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Shortbread Cookie Spoons (Spookies)

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You know how sometimes everything just comes together at the right time? Those moments where inspiration strikes at the same time that you have all the supplies to make it happen? This is one of those moments. I had just made some velvety, luscious chocolate custard and one of my friends started talking about the…

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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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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

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[First published in November 2009] I’ve received lovely notes from many of you inquiring after my absence here.  First, let me thank you all for caring enough to ask.  Second, let me explain why I’m reposting this. My husband and I have visited his Aunt Patti in the Houston Heights area the last couple years…

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Spicy Cocktail Nuts

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We have a winner!  Connie… You were picked by the random number generator. “Connie November 5, 2010 at 11:38 am I am surprised you are out of the competition. Your recipes are so delicious and extremely helpful. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.” Contact me for instructions on how to redeem your prize!  Congratulations! Aw,…

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Thai Sweet and Hot Garlic Dipping Sauce

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…Does writing two posts in a row with a sweet and spicy theme say something about me? In actuality, I do believe I can blame this one on you all, you sweet and spicy wildcats.  I did, after all, put it up for a vote on the Foodie With Family Facebook fan phage. (Yes, I…

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Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn

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A.) It’s rainy. B.) It’s chilly. C.) My husband was on a business trip this week meaning that I parented our five boys solo. D.) My husband got in from that business trip at 1:30 a.m. this morning. E.) I’ve been canning like a maniac for weeks on end. F.) I have a hole in…

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Pique (Puerto Rican Style Hot Sauce)

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Spicy hot is how things are around here. From the weather to the produce to the activity level, everything packs major heat these days. My garden is in a bit of a lull at the moment since cucumbers are about done and tomatoes are just gearing up, but the jalapeño plants are ready to go,…

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Sweet Black Cherry Pie Filling

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I used to think I despised cherries. This was some high-heresy for a girl raised awfully close to ‘The Cherry Capital of the World’.*  Why I thought cherries were gross I can attribute to two reasons: A) I didn’t like the whole spit-the-pit thing.  I was a tidy child. B) The only way to eat…

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