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Grilled Corn with Lime and Cheese

Grilled Corn with Lime and Cheese served with Balsamic Marinated Skirt Steak. “Grilled Corn with Lime and Cheese.” It sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? And there are elements that are good: kernels of fresh corn, sugars caramelized by high flame. The tart yet fresh juice from a good lime. The subtle heat from a dusting of […]

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Whole Lotta "Meh." — Wacky Chocolate Cake

Wacky cupcake. I made this recipe sometime last week and, clearly, was so unimpressed with it that it took me this long to post about it. (And then, only do a cursory review.) Cake Pros:Ridiculously easy to makeVeganEasily adaptable (I threw in mini chocolate chips and replaced the water with strong brewed coffee Silly Name […]

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffeecake

Despite high member ratings, this cake is a disappointment. The cinnamon streusel is good, but it’s so scanty, it might as well not be there. (You can see it in the picture above, capping the cake, and running through the middle like a racing stripe.) The cake flavor resembles that of a biscuit, which is […]

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Retro Recipe Challenge #3 Submission: Cowboy Cookies

Retro Recipe Challenge #3 Deadline: Sunday, October 15 at 11:59pm. If you’ve ever set foot inside a bookstore in New York State, chances are you’ve spotted this iconic book: First published in 1981, Applehood & Motherpie: Handpicked recipes from Upstate New York is a collection of recipes put out by the Junior League of Rochester. […]

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Basil Lemonade

Perhaps I hadn’t been paying attention. But it suddenly seems that — all at once — every foodie magazine and television show has a Basil Lemonade recipe. It seems like an odd combination. While I like both, this isn’t a “you got chocolate in my peanut butter” home-run fusion. But the hype got to me. […]

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RRC#2 Submission: Lime Honey Dressing

So appealing, don’t you think? The recipe for Lime Honey Dressing comes from the 1957 edition of Helen Corbitt’s Cookbook. Corbitt was the director of restaurants at the “famous” Neiman-Marcus store in Dallas. Here’s a partial description from the bookflap: This Yankee-born authority on food is a truly creative cook and superlative party-giver. Earl Winston […]

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Paula Deen’s Peanut Butter Bread

Oh, Paula. We started off so well, and now… this. Your recipe is so simple. It seems so wonderful, so comforting: a quick bread featuring peanut butter, a childhood favorite. But this; this is “eh.” Ok, warm out of the oven, smeared with jam or a bit of honey butter, yes, I had two pieces. […]

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Homemade Marshmallows

Remember Martha’s old show, Martha Stewart Living? One day, she showed the audience how to make marshmallows. That’s the same day I went, “OK. She’s officially lost her mind.” Marshmallows never seemed like anything but a vehicle for other flavors to me. Dip them in chocolate: delicious. Mix them with butter and Rice Krispies: tasty. […]

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Donna Hay’s Caramel-Filled Biscuits

For the third Hay, Hay, It’s Donna Day! the challenge was to make cookies having two colors and two flavors – a very good challenge. My choice, Caramel-Filled Biscuits with added chocolate, unfortunately, did not come out to my liking. Here’s my gripe: the cookie is buttery, sandy, and soft – like a tender shortbread. […]

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