dream job

dear God, can my spiritual gift be butter? i’m sort of joking, but i’m also sort of serious. when it comes to expressing care and affection, i’m not always good with words. this is why i have a love-hate relationship with greeting cards. but i am pretty good at cooking and baking. a hug and…

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the best not-pies in kansas

“what’s your favorite kind of sweets/baked goods, ladies?” i asked two of my friends the other day. “cookies are good,” replied friend jess. “anything not pie,” said friend roberta (who i always want to call “robbie” and never do). restrictions were no coconut, mint, fruit or mixed-in peanut butter. suggestions were chocolate chips. hmm. hmm.…

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peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

cupcake ingredients: 2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature 1 1/3 cups sugar 5 generous tablespoons peanut butter 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk half a bag of dark or semisweet chocolate chips — — — icing ingredients: 1 stick butter about 2/3…

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saturday breakfast

If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers. — Linda Henley Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don’t eat has been proved to be indispensable for life.  But I go marching on.  — George Bernard Shaw…

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when i was a child …

i should’ve read winnie the pooh. despite what dorothy parker says about his books. aren’t these quotes just lovely? “When late morning rolls around and you’re feeling a bit out of sorts, don’t worry; you’re probably just a little eleven o’clockish.” “You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell…

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cornmeal-cherry-pine nut biscotti

recipe adapted from martha stewart’s holiday cookies 2010 — — — — — 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon roasted cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon mace 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 whole large eggs + 1 extra yolk 1/4 cup extra virgin…

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wednesday recap

tunage: a good day, by priscilla ahn thing of the day: paul mitchell tea tree lavender mint shampoo today, my friends, was a day rife with many opportunities to learn or otherwise practice patience.  and oh dear, sometimes i am not very patient at all.  so i guess it was good that God had the…

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adventures of gastronomic proportions

if there’s one thing like doing, it’s cooking — especially without a recipe.  i made a carrot cake (box mix) for an international student gathering i went to last night, and then, while it was cooling, started making a browned butter glaze/icing for it.  as i sat there stirring the melted butter, i suddenly realized…

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