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Posted on Feb 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Pan Cookies – The Easiest Cookies Ever

Pan Cookies – The Easiest Cookies Ever

The appeal of these sweet babies lies in their utter ease to assemble. They are basically soft cookies, without the most tedious part: scooping uniformly-sized balls and placing them evenly around a baking pan. Yawn.     With this recipe, just six essential ingredients, and a pan, you can have truly yummy treats in 25 minutes flat. I can’t imagine a more kid-friendly recipe but I had fun sneaking off to the kitchen by myself and surprising the kids with the results in the time it took them to completely destroy my living room (which is not as long as you might think).   I especially like that this recipe doesn’t require milk, which I always seem to be out of. The idea was inspired The Pioneer Woman, that crafty lady. She’s always up to something interesting. I started with the PW, then veered way off. Whole-wheat-off. (Some might just say “off.”) But I am not afraid of dark foods! I used spirulina in my son’s birthday frog cookies, for...

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Posted on Oct 10, 2013 | 5 comments

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

I succumbed to this enticing, round, multi-compartment shaker of happiness.     At Target, naturally. I didn’t even go there for this. I was on my way to the garden section.     Target and sprinkles: They always get me!!     I used Nigella’s fairy cake and icing recipes from How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking. (You must pronounce it go-DESS, as Nigella does).     I’m clearly not quite ready for go-DESS status yet, because I totally screwed up the cupcakes. I dumped a bowl of powdered sugar into the batter, thinking it was the flour. (They look alike!) I tried to scoop it out without dumping the batter out too. It was a mess. They turned out really dry, but here’s the good part: I layered so much of this ooey, gooey, sweetly salty, life-changing icing onto them that nobody cared. In fact, it was a great excuse to do so. I can never get enough of this icing and...

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Posted on Apr 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Not Exactly Gluten Free Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

Not Exactly Gluten Free Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

The kids got a waffle maker from their Auntie that makes very cute jungle animal waffles. I’ve never made waffles in my life so I needed some direction. Being full-throttle on my new wellness kick, I broke out Gwyneth Paltrow’s book, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, in search of a healthier waffle recipe. What do you know, she has several! Gluten free, sugar free, and all that. I was all set to get started with my recently purchased gluten free flour when I noticed you must also add something called xanthan gum to it. What is that? It doesn’t sound like a whole food to me, but what do I know. And, in any case, I don’t have any. So, I went to my tried-and-true cookbook for all things Middle Americana, The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, to find a regular-person waffle recipe. Naturally, she has many tempting selections. The problem is that they all call for eggs and we are...

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Posted on Apr 24, 2013 | 1 comment

It’s All Good – Avocado Toast

It’s All Good – Avocado Toast

Going on vacation is a wonderful thing. You eat and drink and take a delicious, restorative break from your responsibilities. You’re so refreshed that, somewhere on your long ride home, you get the idea that when you return you’re going to totally change your life from the inside out and start living clean. Clean eating, clean house, even an exercise program starting at 5:45 am! Your spouse escalates this mania and soon you’re both making lists with milestones and numbers and schedules. To aid you in your mad plans, you pick up a book that claims it’s possible to maximize both health and flavor in the same dishes. For me, there is no point to health if there is no flavor, so this little adventure might even be sustainable past a day and a half. I watched a series on PBS a few years ago called Spain: On the Road Again. It combined some of my favorite things: traveling, cooking outdoors, Mediterranean food, and chefs Mark Bittman and Mario Batali....

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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Like Buttah: Burnt Butter and Brown Sugar Cupcakes!

Like Buttah: Burnt Butter and Brown Sugar Cupcakes!

  Okay. I’m not certain I can convey in mere words how entirely delightful these cupcakes are. No. Really. I texted Cute Banker at work about it in the middle of the day. They are stop-your-day, harass-your-spouse-at-his-place-of-business good.   I confirmed this fact with Cute Banker, who, upon returning from a particularly challenging day at work (I have no idea why!), proclaimed them, “Friggin’ GOOD.” Then, I ate one more, just to be sure.   Yes, it is certain: these are the best cupcakes, or cake of any kind, I have ever eaten.   As you can see, I had no trouble sampling them, from start to finish. I kept mixing and tasting, and scraping and tasting, and forgetting to take pictures of the completed steps. You’ll definitely want to lick the beater.   I’ve been in a general baking frenzy, ever since I noticed that when my child of three years and ten months spends the first half hour upon waking from his nap helping me bake, he...

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Posted on Mar 14, 2013 | 1 comment

Boeuf Bourguignon, a.k.a., Wine Stew!

Boeuf Bourguignon, a.k.a., Wine Stew!

This is not a low-cal dish. Can you handle it? Look. Here’s what you’re gonna do. You’re going to have a small breakfast, a moderate lunch, walk a bit when you can today (run if you have time), and enjoy this meal. Because it’s good. What is life for, if not pleasure?? Okay, yes, and helping people less fortunate than you. That, too. Pleasure and helping others. I think I’ve just found the meaning of life, in a bowl of Boeuf Bourguignon from Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home. The fact that it requires an entire bottle of wine is probably not unrelated to my new-found enlightenment. An entire bottle of wine, plus a package of bacon. Ina Garten is my people! You think she’s asking you to add a lot of pepper. It works. Do exactly what she says about the bread: toast, rub with a raw clove of garlic, and serve underneath the soup. Eat with a fork and knife. And a spoon, and...

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Posted on Mar 8, 2013 | 2 comments

The Barefoot Comtesse: Provençal Soup au Pistou

The Barefoot Comtesse: Provençal Soup au Pistou

I’ve long felt inclined toward simple, rustic, southern Italian cooking. Olive oil instead of butter, loads of fresh veggies, minimal meat, all complemented by small amounts of simply dressed pasta. I have to say, one of the wonderful things about life is how it surprises you, and how you surprise yourself as you venture on. I am most surprised that my long-standing inclination toward the Italian way of enhancing beautiful, fresh food by not fussing with it too much is giving way, somewhat, to the French way of fussing with it so much it becomes something gloriously else. This delicious Provençal Soup au Pistou, from Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home, is a wonderful transition between the two. Here are some reviews of the soup, heard around our dinner table this evening: Child: This is so good. Make this again! This is so good, I’m not even drinking water. Mommy, this is so good I’m not drinking water! Cute Banker: Just so you and I are...

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Posted on Feb 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Cute Banker Speaks! He Grills! He Makes Suggestive Comments about Giada De La La!

Guest Blogger: Cute Banker Speaks! He Grills! He Makes Suggestive Comments about Giada De La La!

Here is Cute Banker’s first guest post. Given how much he likes to grill, this probably won’t be his last. Excuse me, I’ve got a few thousand grill tongs and marinating pans to wash. Enjoy! Michelle —- So, this is my first time blogging and I don’t really know what to do. Is it a journal, an editorial about something I am supposed to know something about, or perhaps I am here to entertain you, what am I a clown? (Just kidding). So, why am I doing this, you ask? We’ll get to that.   I had a pretty fun day today and I just finished barbecuing and having a couple of drinks… do friends let friends blog drunk? Well, I’m not drunk but after four years with two kids, a couple of beers is a party.   I had a weekday off today and, after the kids miraculously went down for a nap, I decided, rather late in the day, that I would barbecue. My latest barbecuing venture,...

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Posted on Oct 11, 2012 | 0 comments

And Breakfast For All

And Breakfast For All

I made a breakfast hash by Giada De Laurentiis this morning.  This dish covers all the basic breakfast hits: bacon, eggs, potatoes.  It also adds a lot of mom hits like spinach, onions, and red bell peppers, and leaves room for improvisation on both fronts.     I made this once with no bell pepper (didn’t have it) and once substituting ham for salami (had it).  So, go with whatever’s in your fridge, and don’t be afraid to use more or less of something, depending on what you’ve got. Since I cook all the elements of this dish in the fat from the bacon, I use way less salt than the recipe calls for, but I do add a tiny pinch at every point Giada instructs us to. It’s good advice: the salt really flavors the food through and through, rather than sitting on top. I also omit the orange zest. I think it distracts from the other flavors but go ahead and try it, just use the tiniest...

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