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Frustrating Frosting

I’ve been taking a cake decorating class and for the most part I love it. It’s been a lot of fun and I like improving my decorating skills and learning new techniques. I don’t care for the “buttercream” recipe, though. As you know from several of my recipes, I usually use all margarine in my …

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Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! 3.14159…. The number used by mathematicians to calculate the circumference of a circle. In honor of Pi Day I am posting my recipe for Chicken Pot Pie.  Chicken pot pie is not only great comfort food, but also a great way to use left over chicken (or turkey for turkey pot pie). …

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Potato Soup

I like to try and keep a variety of soups in the freezer during the winter months.  Steaming hot soup and some fresh bread is a great quick and easy dinner. When you don’t feel like cooking it’s always nice if you can pull some soup from the freezer.  Most potato soups have milk and/ …

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The Science of Cooking

I am a bit of a nerd. Yes, I am. Science fascinates me and it always has. Lots of scientific fun can be found in the kitchen. Every time you cook or bake it’s one big chemical reaction. So, I was pretty excited when I found the book, On Food and Cooking:The Science and Lore …

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Lemon Ginger Chicken Soup

 It’s that time of year, when sniffling, sneezing, and sore throats are not uncommon. The weather has been wacky here in the southeast. We keep going from wearing our winter coats to being able to wear short sleeve shirts and back again. There is nothing like a hot, steaming bowl of chicken soup when you’re …

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Happy Birthday!

I recently took on a project of great importance. Well, it was of great importance for me. My daughter’s birthday is several days after Christmas and a couple of days before New Year’s Eve and Day, so we have her big party in January. This year it was a Cat in the Hat birthday party. …

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!! We are over two weeks into the New Year and I still can’t believe that it’s 2013. At the end of an old year and the beginning of the new one we tend to do a lot of reflecting on the events of the past and our goals for the future. I …

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Chocolate Truffle Torte

Chocolate, sweet chocolate, how I’ve missed thee.  I think chocolate was one of the hardest foods to give up. I still can only have a small amount or it will trigger headaches, but a little is better than none. And if you can only have a little, then I highly recommend this chocolate torte. It’s …

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Almond Sugar Cookies

One holiday tradition that I always eagerly looked forward to as a child was baking sugar cookies with Mom. It wasn’t Christmas until the house was filled with the scent of almond. They are an almond flavored, creamy, delicate concoction covered with a powdered sugar frosting that almost melts in your mouth. We always had …

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