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Tomato and Sweet Onion Focaccia

I was kneading the dough for what seemed like ages. It felt grainy and rough no matter what I did. Then I remembered that there was cornmeal in this dough and was glad that there was no one in the room to see how silly I was being. This focaccia is based on this Cooking Light recipe. I started it without thinking too much about ... Read More »

Chocolate and Cinnamon Pancakes

I think that the birthday weekend is a time to indulge, hence the chocolate syrup on these pancakes. Ok, I’ll admit that I just put it on for the photo and ate the rest with maple syrup, but I did put some mini chocolate chips in the batter. I couldn’t resist tasting it with the chocolate syrup, though, and I think that this could make ... Read More »

Homemade Corn Tortillas

All through my childhood, I viewed corn tortillas as just being “okay”. They were often dry and bland. Flour tortillas, though not often completely insipred, had a chewiness and breadier flavor that I prefered. This opinion completely changed the day that I made corn tortillas at home. In fairness, since memory is not always completely accurate, I am sure that I had reached some level ... Read More »

Yellow Sheet Cake (Birthday Cake)

Honestly, I like baking my own birthday cakes. I always have and always will. I feel like there is a lot of freedom for me to choose what my favorite cake is. Unfortunately, I don’t really have a favorite. I like some things better than others, but when it comes right down to it, baking a birthday cake with no one’s preferences but my own ... Read More »

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is for Niki. She has been on a quest (part 2 and 3) to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I agree with her completely in that personal preferences play a big part in the “perfect” cookie. Of course, ingredients and oven temperatures do, too. I like slightly crisper cookies and I simply love oatmeal in cookies. Niki wants a chewy cookie, the kind ... Read More »

Rustic Onion Pie

In keeping with the flood of variously popular reality shows, the Food Network hosted their own earlier this year to find The Next Food Network Star. Of many worthy and entertaining candidates, two caterers from Chicago won a six episode special: Party Line with Dan and Steve. I really like these guys and I like their show. They’re entertaining, informative and, most importantly, their recipes ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mints

Homemade Thin Mints

Thin Mints are the Girl Scouts’ best selling cookies – although Samoas, Do-si-dos and Tagalongs have their fans, too – when they have their annual cookie sale. Even though they’re a wonderfully tasty combination of mint, chocolate and crispiness, there are a couple of good reasons not to buy them no matter how tempting they seem. First, only a small portion of the cookie sales ... Read More »

Diner-Style Hash Browns

Diner food epitomises quick, greasy, satisfying cuisine. You can get scrambled eggs, meatloaf and black-and-white cookies all at the same meal at any time of day. The first thing I always go for is the black-and-white, personally, but I know that the thing people love most abvout diners is breakfast food. Eggs, hash browns, pancakes, bacon and toast, in some combination with a side of ... Read More »

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