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Relatively Wordless Wednesday: Copycat Lemon Tart

lemon tart

The experimentation has begun.  I keep thinking about that lemon tart I had at Ai Fiori, NYC and how I would make it at home.  Step 1 began with a recipe for the lemon filling from Smitten Kitchen and a recipe for a chocolate nut butter filling from Gabby’s Gluten Free.  The shell is a [...]

Relatively Wordless Wednesday: Mini Chiffon Cupcakes

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  Lately, I have been really craving something cakey!  Whenever I get like this, nothing from the grocery store will do.  What I need is something homemade.  I remembered seeing a recipe by Alton Brown for cupcakes using a chiffon recipe.  I made a quick lemon-lime cream cheese icing.  A snap of Instagram later, and [...]

Fruit Crisp

Fruit Crisp

NTM stands for New-to-Me, a regular feature here at Not Exactly Bento. With the start of my bento-making in 2007, I began to try many new foods to expand my palate and my recipe files. New-to-Me has expanded into all sorts of food items that I now try and review. Here is the latest item [...]

Photo Friday: Recipe Success

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While last week’s Photo Friday post featured a recipe failure, this week’s features a recipe success: cheddar-thyme cornbread.  Lately, I’ve seen lots of pictures of cornbread with cheddar in it.  In fact, I think an issue of Everyday Food I was recently perusing had such a recipe.  But I didn’t like the recipe for some [...]

More Bread

I’m out of the homemade whole wheat bread I showed off last week.  So this weekend, it was time to make more. I decided I was going to be brave and use the dough only cycle on the bread maker, transfer the dough to a bread pan and bake in the oven. There are several [...]

Weekend Update #1

This is the first of at least 2 posts (possibly three) of some weekend cooking.  I have to work this weekend, so I’m packing my bentos and heading into the office. Friday evening, I decided I wanted to haul out my bread machine.  I have used the thing very little since I purchased it a [...]

Christmas Cookies

I’m feeling soooo awesome tonight!  Sometimes the gym does that for me.  Wears me out yet revs me up at the same time. With all this energy, tonight is a good night for posting.  As you may (or may not) have guessed, I have some catching up to do!  With the switchover from one blog [...]

Bread, muffins, and cookies…Oh My!

Pictures for this post were lost in a blog shuffle many moons ago. If I ever find them again, I will post them! Sorry for the inconvenience While this week may not have been the best for bento meal packing, it was great for baking!  I did lots of baking for work, family get togethers [...]

It’s Cookie Time!

christmas cookies 2007

Tonight was the family get-together on my dad’s side of the family. Many of us tend to make a little something to give to each other. This year, I made mini shortbread cookies for the families. Of course I kept a few for my bentos this week. Plus, my aunt gave me mini pecan pie [...]