Monthly Archives: August 2010

Cake Truffles: Peanut Butter and Banana Beauties

I know a lot of people scared to make a cake from scratch.  It really doesn’t  take that much longer to make a scratch cake (I swear!) and they taste soooo much better.  So much better, you won’t want to … Continue reading

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Thirsty Thursday: Jersey Blueberry Iced Tea

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday!  The name is a throwback to my college days – we always headed out on Thursday nights because who took classes on Fridays?!  Well, bio majors kinda get forced into very early electives on Fridays but … Continue reading

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Peanut butter & Jelly Sandwich Cake

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Even if you didn’t eat them growing up, they make you think of childhood and school lunches.  When I was in grade school, there were 2 brands of peanut butter and you could get smooth … Continue reading

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Perfect Foolproof Poached Egg with Zucchini Hash

My husband always helps out for my Cooking Club adventures – he makes a great sous chef and I love him for it.  The day after Fire and Ice CC here meant a special kitchen treat to thank him.  I made … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice: Spicy Pulled Pork with Chilly Jicama Slaw

August Cooking Club was at my house this month.  Yay!  Since I have 7 varieties of hot peppers growing in my garden I needed an excuse to showcase some of them.  The theme: Fire & Ice!  Everyone had to make … Continue reading

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Creamy Vanilla Bean Flan

My mom just had knee surgery so of course she got a choice of treats.  Without hesitation, she said flan.  Flan is an egg-milk custard and versions of it are made all over the world: Latin America, South America, Portugal, … Continue reading

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Sneaky (Zucchini) Brownies

Why are these sneaky? Let’s see… they have no eggs or butter, they are chock FULL of zucchini, you can’t even tell they are made with zucchini, and they’re vegan!  I never reveal these are zucchini brownies until after my guests … Continue reading

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Bombshell Blondies

If you’re gonna go blond(i)e, you’ve got to do it right and these pretty little bites certainly deserve their title. I’ve talked about how much I love the Greyston Bakery Cookbook before.  In case you forgot, they are the geniuses … Continue reading

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Spicy-Cheesy Tamales with Pineapple-Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Cooking Club last month was themed Christmas in July and before I read the actual text of the evite I must admit I thought she was nuts.  My first thoughts were “Maaaaannnn I don’t want to cook heavy winter food now. I … Continue reading

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Hot Miso, Cold Soba

This dinner started out as a light bulb going off in Tom’s head that he expressed out loud: “I’m going to make dinner tomorrow from the French Laundry Cookbook.” I raised my eye brows and smiled.  Even I have not made anything … Continue reading

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