Archive | October, 2007

Untitled Pretzel, Marshmallow, M&M Project

These are the easiest, and one of the tastiest, little treats you can make. You can whip up a huge batch in under 10 minutes, and if you bring them to a party, people will love you. There’s something about the combination of salty, crunchy pretzels, paired with chewy marshmallows and the sweetness of chocolate […]

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Strawberry Layer Cake

The only time a presentation like this is appropriate is for a Halloween party. Or, maybe, when celebrating Charles Manson’s birthday. My favorite part of Halloween is the candy. Candy makes me swoon. And the opportunity of getting mounds of it simply by dressing up, knocking on a few doors and saying “TRICK OR TREAT!” […]

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Bostini Cream Pies

This month’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge was a dessert I’d never heard of before: Bostini Cream Pies. Our host, Mary from Alpineberry, explained, “Bostini cream pie, like the name implies, is a twist on the traditional Boston cream pie. The dessert is vanilla custard topped with an orange chiffon cake and then drizzled with a chocolate […]

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Retro Recipe Challenge # 9 Deadline TODAY!

Just a quick reminder that today is your last chance to submit a post for RRC#9: The Candyman; the deadline is midnight PDT . Please visit Dolores at this month’s host blog, Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity , for more details.

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Brazilian Style Flan

I’d never made flan before so, when Shane requested it for his birthday (Oct. 12) I was a bit nervous. Luckily, though, it turned out to be surprisingly easy using this Epicurious community recipe (thanks, angelheart04!). The hardest part is maintaining patience while waiting for the sugar to caramelize. Over low heat, it took me […]

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Thai Spiced Barbeque Shrimp

Perhaps the most delicious way to prepare shrimp. Thai Spiced Barbeque Shrimp (adapted)3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice1 tablespoon soy sauce1 tablespoon Dijon mustard2 cloves garlic, minced1 tablespoon brown sugar2 teaspoons curry paste (Shane used a hot, red curry paste)1 pound medium shrimp, deveined but not peeled In a shallow dish or resealable bag, mix together […]

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Pomegranate Martinis

You know who I don’t like? Oprah. I mean, I like that she’s at the top of a field that normally rejects women, African-Americans, and people who have a BMI higher than 18. And I like that she’s made a zillion dollars doing what she loves and chooses to spend a lot of her cash […]

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Vosges’ Mo’s Bacon Bar

Chocolate + salt + bacon pieces = Mo’s Bacon bar. I really like the combination of sweet and salty. Chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate chip cookies with a slightly salty hit, and salted caramels are all up my alley. So I nearly dropped dead when I spotted Mo’s Bacon Bar at Parkleigh. Chocolate and Bacon? (“You […]

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Nancy’s Spinach & Mushroom-dressed Linguine

My friend Nancy made this FABULOUS pasta for the party. I can’t even describe how fan-freakin-tastic it is. I ate the leftovers for breakfast and dinner on Sunday, and we all ate it for dinner last night. There is one serving left. It is mine.— The following is written by Nancy, pictured below: Laura’s 30th […]

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Grilled Oysters with Fennel Butter

Normally, I am not an oyster fan. But God, throw a bunch of butter, fennel seeds, garlic and shallots on top — how can they not be loved? Shane and his Commie oysters. Grilled Oysters with Fennel Butter, adapted 1 tsp. fennel seed, ground1 c. butter, softened1 Tbsp. shallots, minced1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (or to […]

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