Just another single, polyglot, xenophilic, Texan in the kitchen...

Just another single, polyglot, xenophilic, Texan in the kitchen...

Month: May 2010

Daring Bakers: Pièce Montée and a Croquembouche

Daring Bakers: Pièce Montée and a Croquembouche

The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenged everyone to make a pièce montée, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri. Martha Stewart made it look easy and so […]

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Remember the black-peppered egg noodles? Well, I used them as a fragrant, flavorful base to these Swedish noodles. I searched for an authentic recipe that didn’t call for sour cream and found an excellent recipe on Cafe Johnsonia’s website. Unfortunately, my limited exposure to Swedish […]

Black-Peppered Egg Noodles

Black-Peppered Egg Noodles

Click on the above photo and enlarge it to see this beautiful pasta closely. On our way back from the berry farm, my mother and I stopped at one of our favorite places – Barnes & Noble Booksellers. If you’re not familiar with this place, […]

Blackberry Cobbler w/ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Blackberry Cobbler w/ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

When strawberry season was well underway, I wanted to go to a berry farm near where I live. I saw a link to all the picking farms in the United States (and many other countries) and found 2 places that sounded promising. Then, after I […]

Daring Cooks: Stacked Enchiladas and Giveaway Winner

Daring Cooks: Stacked Enchiladas and Giveaway Winner

¡Hola! from the land of Daring Cooks. Our hosts this month, Barbara of Barbara Bakes and Bunnee of Anna+Food have chosen a delicious Stacked Green Chile & Grilled Chicken Enchilada recipe in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The recipe, featuring a homemade enchilada sauce, was […]

Guittard Chocolate Review and a “Bittersweet” Giveaway!!

Guittard Chocolate Review and a “Bittersweet” Giveaway!!

Finally, I’m back! My mom is in town. My students took their final exam last week. I had to do a lot of grading and a study session with my students. Now, I will be turning in final grades tomorrow, and then I can say […]

Store and Make Ahead Flour Tortillas *UPDATE*

Store and Make Ahead Flour Tortillas *UPDATE*

From the fridge to the skillet to the calentador de tortillas hecho en México(tortilla warmer made in Mexico)! I make these flour tortillas quite often enough that I have the recipe memorized, and I know just how the masa or dough should feel. It should […]

Old-Fashioned Bacon Meatloaf

Old-Fashioned Bacon Meatloaf

Why do so many cooks still act like they assume only women cook? For instance, aside from using “y’all” all of the time, Paula Deen frequently addresses her audience as “ladies” or “women” even though she has two sons who love to cook. On Spanish-speaking […]

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Here’s another recipe I found on someone else’s blog not too long ago. Her photos are lovely (she’s not going through a white balance problem like I am!), so make sure you stop by her blog. I admit that I only made these cookies because […]

Pizza Braid and My Makeshift Pizza Sauce

Pizza Braid and My Makeshift Pizza Sauce

Remember the BBQ Chicken Braid I made? Well, I took out the other half of the dough from the freezer, placed it in the refrigerator overnight, and then let it sit out on the counter for more than an hour (I forgot it was sitting […]

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