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In Baking, Cooking, Personal, Uncategorized on May 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

This blog is an apology. Blogogy. Yes I made it up and now I’m moving on! It’s for the people who read this lil blog o’mine and well to myself.  I dropped the ball. I fell off the wagon… so to speak. More like recent events in life kicked me off the wagon, but that is the way it goes sometimes.  My life has been a whirlwind of events and emotions this last few weeks. There were good times filled with gut busting laughter, heart wrenching sad times, new experiences and stress. Buckets and buckets of stress. So while I can say that for the majority of my absence I did not cook, I did eat. I ate a lot… I even had the pleasure of being cooked for by some of my favorite foodie friends, but I am back and ready to be in the kitchen!  Oh and on the plus side my kitchen stayed spotless for almost two weeks!! ;)

Anyways, the time I have been away wasn’t completely without cooking and baking.  Until I can post a new recipe here are some ones that we tried over Easter weekend (actual recipes are linked to food titles) – hope you enjoy and that life hasn’t eaten you and spit you up.  I highly recommend avoiding it – like I said buckets and buckets of stress….

John Legend’s Macaroni and Cheese

There are really few words to describe this mac.  Cheesy, rich and did I say cheesy? We usually try a new mac recipe for holiday and family gatherings.  I have all kinds, but my favorite thing about this one was the use of canned milk.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me… after all I use it to make mashed potatoes. Any who, while I may never make this particular concoction again I will use canned milk in mac again and kudos to paprika for showing up on something besides a deviled egg!

Recipe and Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart (marthastewart.com)
 
 

 

 

 

 

Ad Hoc Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

I felt dumb when I made this recipe. (Not because it isn’t delicious – it is a tasty cake!) I felt dumb because it never occurred to me to make this cake with fresh fruit.  I may never make it with canned again! Leave it to Thomas Keller to know too that this is the perfect time to add a little salt to draw out the beautiful caramel sweetness.  The other thing I adore about this recipe is the schmear. Schmear is what bread dreams are made of. I know, I know it doesn’t sound right… I am not particularly fond of the word, but it is true.  If you do not make this cake, at least try the schmear.  Make rolls with it or cinnamon toast, hell make it for the fun of it and thank me later – very good stuff!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Food Gal (foodgal.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Better-than-Brownie Chocolate Cookies

I tried these cookies/brownies to indulge my brownie obsession. Also because well they are made of chocolate… To be honest I don’t know if I was brain-dead when I tried this, missed a measurement or what, but my cookies weren’t cookies.  They didn’t hold up. So I baked the rest of the batter off as brownies. They were good brownies. Not the holy grail of brownies, but I certainly enjoyed them. Alone. I used 70% so they were a lil to chocolate for my husband. Oops. Oops again when I ate most of them ;) lol.  Anyways I love this idea so I haven’t given up on it.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker (browneyedbaker.com)

 

 

Ialso made a ham for my Dad over Easter. We had two kinds, cause that is how my family does things (overkill…). Any who, it was a Food Network recipe and I cannot find it for the life of me, so I guess I am not sharing it. Oh well here is to you, me and food. EO

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