Healthy Bread in 5; Bread Braid : Epi and Spicy Crackers

January 14, 2010
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I am the worst when it comes to sticking to a timeline. I find them too restrictive.  So  not surprisingly, here I find myself on Wednesday night, the only night I have available before the January 15th due date for the first bread braid.  There is NO way I was going to flake out on […]

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Macarons – 5; Jenny – 0

January 11, 2010
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I will be the first to admit it.  I am a total Macaron retard. I am now officially down 5 against the macaron.  I have actually been beaten by a baked good.  WTH?? My quest for the perfect macaron began after my trip to France in 2008 but took full steam when I first sample […]

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Pear Squares

January 7, 2010
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My friend, whom we’ll call “Bron”, was dating this girl, whom we’ll call “Bemily”, who I wasn’t totally crazy about.  However, the one thing she could do well was BAKE.  Amazing bites of deliciousness.  That’s what I remember most about her [other than the fact that I didn’t care for her very much]. This pear […]

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Oshogatsu [New Years] with my family

January 4, 2010
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It was so wonderful having my cousins all under one roof for New Years Day again.  It had been 20 years since we were all together under one roof for the New Year. The only other times we’re all together is either for funerals or weddings, so this was such a joy to just hang […]

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The Real Texas Chili to beat off the chilly weather

December 31, 2009
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I used to work with a woman who was a wonderful cook.  I stole every recipe I could wrest from her grasp.  I even tracked her down about 5 years after I stopped working with her just so that I could get more recipes from her.  Unfortunately, I’ve lost contact with Myra over the years […]

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Japanese New Year’s

December 29, 2009
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Every year from the time I was born [and before, since I’m the youngest grandchild], my first [and sometimes second] cousins would come together and celebrate the New Year’s Japanese style with an Osechi Ryori.  When my grandmother was still alive, she, my mom, and my aunts would cook for days before hand to prepare […]

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Winning Recipe: Bacon Caramel Pecan Bar

December 21, 2009
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Just a quick update this Monday morning. Thanks to Alice at Savory Sweet Life, I was won one of 3 prizes for our company bake off! Just check this photo out…oooeeeey, gooooeeey bacon-y deliciousness.  Bacon Caramel Pecan Bar and here’s the recipe. My Pres who was one of 3 voters at the blind tasting [he […]

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Whole Grain Challah with Cranberries and Orange Zest

December 16, 2009

Oh my gosh. This is technically my 3rd time working with yeast. For the purposes of this post, we will not revisit my old high school Chem 101 phobia of yeast.  I just had a great time with this particular recipe.  It was easy enough for me to do, a newbie in the bread baking […]

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Mochi Tsuki…

December 14, 2009

I remember being a little girl barely able to see over the floured table that my mom, her friend [Mrs S], and Mrs S’s sister in law working quickly and efficiently rolling balls of mochi.  I tried to “help” by making a mess of everything I touched [ahhh…some things never change]. Over the years, I […]

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Caramel Chex Mix

December 10, 2009

I have to say one of the easiest and most tasty things I make during the holiday season is Caramel Chex Mix.  When I bring this tasty treat into work, it’s demolished within minutes.  I can sit down and eat this whole batch myself but I don’t because I really need to fill those darn […]

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