Category Archives: Party Ideas

Timpano… also known as Delicious Extra DEEP Dish Pie Full of Italian Goodies

My Maryland Cooking Club theme this month was “Food from a Movie.”  I had come across mention of the Timpano from Big Night years ago and remember many people commenting on how they’d never made it because it seemed daunting. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Empanadas

Empanadas are filled savory pastries common in Spain, Latin America, and Portugal.  The word ‘empanada’ comes from the Spanish verb emapanar which means “to coat in a pastry” which is better known as “delicious.”  I was first taught to make empanadas … Continue reading

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The Donut Project

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.  I went … Continue reading

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Teeny Taco Cupcakes

I set out to make some pumpkin spice cupcakes today but apparently there is a shortage of pumpkin and it won’t be back until maybe the end of September.  Really?  That is some sad-face foodie news.  Well, as we say … Continue reading

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Muhammara Dip

Muhammara dip Let me start by saying I just love this Middle Eastern dip.  It’s not like any other dip you’ve had but it’s not out of left-field-weird either.  It’s just really tasty and sadly not well-known.  I think it’s … Continue reading

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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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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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Garden Cake

Celebrating Earth Day with a kitchen treat!   I saw a post a while ago by Pioneer Woman that I kept stashed away in my brain.  Her cute little flower pots inspired my Earth Day Garden Cake.  I think this cake would be … Continue reading

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