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Relatively Wordless Wednesday: Copycat Lemon Tart

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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 [...]

Photo Friday: Hazelnut Failure

Photo Friday is my day to share my photographs of the moment and my thoughts associated with them. I hope you enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoy sharing them. Awhile back, I had a hazelnut failure.  I took this picture and have been meaning to post it for ages, to ask you…my readers…those [...]

Tofu, You’ve Tricked Me Again

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Photo Friday is my day to share my photographs of the moment and my thoughts associated with them. I hope you enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoy sharing them. Readers, you know tofu and I have a troubled relationship.  I had sworn off ever trying another recipe involving it again.  The only thing [...]

It’s not all good…

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Photo Friday is my day to share my photographs of the moment and my thoughts associated with them. I hope you enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoy sharing them. While I’ve had much success lately on the cooking front, it hasn’t all been a great success. A few kitchen failures are bound to [...]

The Not-so-Good Sandwich (345)

Pulled Pork Bento (345)

As wonderful as my recent attempts at cooking have been, I have had a flub or two. This is one of them. I found a package of 4 center-cut pork chops reduced at my local grocer 2 weekends ago. The meat looked fine but had an expiration date of the next day. I snatched up [...]

Never Again Pancakes

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Do you think that it is possible if you spend weeks testing a recipe over and over again that by the end you are delusional? And if so, would this delusion lead you to believe you’ve made THE BEST version of whatever it was you were testing? I’ve come to the conclusion that this recipe [...]

Photo Friday: Pancake Failure

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I’ve been documenting the things that haven’t gone so well in my cooking adventures.  I don’t normally talk abou them here on the blog.  I know I”m going to change that soon.  I’ve even been going back and finding those recipes that really didnt’ work out so well in the long run.  Things that haven’t [...]

Recipe: Shredded Chicken Tortilla Filling

A few days ago I showed off this quickly snapped picture of my dinner: a chicken soft taco.  Today through Saturday, I will be at a state conference for librarians.  Since I’m scheduled for lunch and the like at conference, I thought I’d share this recipe with you today.  The latter half of this week [...]

Recipe Review: Country Captain Chicken

Tuesday’s bento featured a curried recipe dish that was quite a departure for me from my usual recipe tries.  This morning, I want to take a moment to talk about why I tried this recipe, the changes I made, how I think those changes affected the dish, and overall what I thought about what I [...]