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Giving "hotcake" a new meaning: chili pepper cupcakes

Is there REALLY a tablespoon of cayenne in the frosting?! Wow!

May 31, 2011 at 4:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

C is for Christmas Cookie!

K, so I came to work this morning and sank (sunk?) GRATEFULLY into my chair because we (kids and I) killed ourselves making many batches of cookies over the weekend. And we FORGOT THE OREO BALLS. I'm going to have to muster some strength, though, to make those. (Digging into my Christmas reserves). Thank you. I think.

December 20, 2010 at 11:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

River City Jules: Santa holds off on retirement

I TOTALLY know how Santa feels. Especially now that our kids are teenagers and its feeling more like a shakedown than a loving give fest. Oh to have believers in the house again . . .

December 20, 2010 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lighten up! Have a chicken tender.

Sounds nummy! I've done similar oven-baked fries with a little parmesan added to the seasoning (tossing the potatoes in a baggie to coat them) and that's is really good, too.

December 14, 2010 at 4:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Stir fry: heaven's answer to weeknight cooking

This looks really good! Thanks! And I think that sauce would be good with a pork or beef stir fry, too. And now I have a good excuse to buy wasabi paste. Always wanted one.

November 9, 2010 at 3:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Desperation Pie

Sometimes we make what my kids call "pink pie" at our house in the summertime. Mix up two cartons of raspberry yogurt with a container of Cool Whip and freeze the concoction in a graham cracker crust. (You can use any flavor of yogurt, pretty much, but I guess we landed on raspberry and just stuck with it)!

Thanks for the recipes. They both sound heavenly!

June 3, 2010 at 11:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Salmon Patty: The crab cake's less pretentious cousin

Ohmigosh, now I don't feel like such a dork for making salmon patties -- I thought I might be the only one! I'll have to try the panko crumbs, though . . . and I have even used the salmon that comes all ready to go in the foil packets, but since its not as moist it seems to need another egg.

I think they go great with a salad and some brown rice . . . but fried potatoes sound like they'd do just fine, too!

May 5, 2010 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Confessions of a lazy earth-mother

Amen, sister! I also love, love, love to do the around-the-house stuff. I really do, and my kids are teenagers so they even help a little and (sigh) don't need me to hold them anymore, at least not very much.

But, still, you are SO RIGHT when you say that most of the earth-saving tasks fall to the woman of the house and, since this woman of the house also works 40+ hours a week I have come to terms with what I can and cannot do. I can recycle, I can use canvas shopping bags, I can load the dishwasher to bursting before I run it, I can refuse to buy plastic water bottles and keep track of the environmentally friendly ones so everyone can leave the house with one - argh. I canNOT make time to hang laundry and a bike is not an option to cart children plus friends around. I cannot raise chickens but can do a few tomatoes!

April 22, 2010 at 1:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

This Ain't Yer Mama's Green Bean Casserole

Thanks for the recipes!

I've been wondering if turkey bags are safe. Does the plastic leach into the food?

I've always hated that canned "cranberry jelly." It looks horrible and tastes worse. When I started doing my own Thanksgivings, I learned an amazing thing: you can buy a beautiful little bag of real cranberries in the produce section, follow the very easy recipe on the back (or look online for a myriad of others) and have an awesome cranberry dish that looks very pretty on the table and provides just that little taste of tartness.

November 9, 2009 at 1:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Disgusting Desserts: A Halloween must-have.

We sometimes make evil, bloodshot eyeballs at Halloween time: peanut butter balls dipped in white chocolate, then frosting for the iris and pupils and red (gel frosting) streaks for the "bloodshot." Ick.

But gotta hand it to you - Oozing Scab takes the cake!

October 26, 2009 at 9:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )