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January 18, 2011

Before and After

December 15, 2010

Here is the before part of the before and after.  These apples turned into the BEST apple pie in the world.  Seriously.  The best.  I’m not even bragging.  It’s not my recipe.  The pie was just that damn good, and pretty too – which is handy around the holidays.  People expect your cooking to suddenly taste and LOOK impressive.  And believe me, it does.  What?  You don’t believe me?  Check out the after photo.

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A Christmas Cookie Warning. . .

November 11, 2010

I’m no Christmas Cookie virgin.  By that I mean to say that I typically go nuts, beginning in July, every year.  I turn the A/C on super low, haul out the Christmas music, make some hot chocolate, and start baking cookies like there’s no tomorrow. . .  You know, I just realized that I might have shared this not so dirty secret with all of you before.  Regardless, I am a cookie baking fool – but only around the holidays.  I could care less about cookies from January – June.  You would think that after roughly two decades of baking cookies, I would have a good idea of what to do (and not do) when it comes to whipping out a dozen (or two) sweet treats.  But, this weekend, I made a very important cookie baking discovery. . . I made an error of colossal proportions.  And, I’m going to humble myself and share this cookie fail with you. . .

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Christmas Cookies

October 28, 2010

Having just gone on and on about aprons and casseroles, I’m going to keep this short, but I did want to post about cookies too.  For those of you in the area, on December 4 at 10:30, we’re hosting our annual cookie swap at the D’ville library.  You should sign up and come!  In preparation, I decided to test a recipe this morning.   Upon tasting it, my first reaction was, “It’s sweet.”  Alex promptly responded, “It’s a cookie.  It’s supposed to be sweet.”  That being said, these cookies are sweet. . . ha.  They are also totally yummy.  Here’s another favorite from America’s Test kitchen.  Read more…

The Secret Pocket – Revealed!

October 28, 2010

Recently, I have been flipping through one of the most entertaining works of non-fiction known to Shelly.  I have determined after much deliberation that I will allow myself to create a total of three items from this book, A is for Apron.  Already owning (and never using three), I feel that it would be wasteful to create any more than three new aprons.  I have always realized their usefulness (and cuteness!) but never really bother to don one, probably mostly out of laziness. . . that and I don’t mind making a colossal mess if I am going to cook.  That being said, as I was perusing the A book and enlarging patterns, I was very close to deciding that my aprons don’t need pockets.  I can understand why an individual would want a pocket on, say, a gardening apron. . . but in the kitchen?  It’s not like I’m going to stick an egg in the pocket and gallivant around whilst stirring up other ingredients.  But then, last night, I put on an apron to start cooking (a recipe which I promise to share in a moment), and I realized WHY aprons have pockets!

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A Picture and a Promise

September 27, 2010

 Okay, here is my picture (blurry) and the promise. . .   I promise you that one day I will go back to Rays Pege and take a better picture of the kick ass (can I say kick ass here Sarah?) sign outside. 

But, you see, this is about more than just the sign. . . this is about a legacy, about history, about our culture in Louisiana. . .

Okay, maybe it’s not about all of that, but it is about one DAMN good sandwich. . ..

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B.T.S.

August 10, 2010

It all starts with a little basil. . . Well, actually, it all ENDS with a little basil.  Regardless, it’s the basil that really makes this spaghetti sauce one that instantly became a staple at our house, eliminating all others that came before.  You see, B.T.S. (before Tyler’s spaghetti), there were two:  my favorite, and Alex’s favorite.  Out of the kindness of our hearts, we alternated.  Then, I randomly decided to try Tyler Florence’s spaghetti and meatball recipe. . . and our lives changed irrevocably. Read more…