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[27 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 2,024 views]
The Joy of Making Bread from Scratch

One of the saddest things that has happened to me in Austin was when I left my hand-written recipe notebook in a grocery cart at Fiesta. When I went back to find it, it was gone. If you take anything away from this blog, please remember to write your name and contact information in the front of any books that mean something to you.
When I was in high school, one of my favorite things to do on a lazy Sunday, snow day, or holiday, was bake fresh bread. I love …

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[5 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 1,256 views]
New Years Treat

Some of the best snacks ever are the ones created after a night out on the town. For New Years Eve, Adam and I split the evening between enjoying delicious leftovers at home and hanging out downtown for First Night Austin.

We were hungry at the end of the evening but we hadn’t spent any money on New Year’s fun yet and we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could have a great night without opening our wallets. So we found ourselves at home at 1:30 a.m. with a semi-empty …

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[1 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 1,638 views]
Nut Butter and Chocolate Chip Rice Krispies Balls

I found this recipe in the December issue of O Magazine — that would be Oprah you prurients!
Anyway, it took me less than 10 minutes to prepare these for a potluck the other night and they were oohed and aahed over by many. The recipe calls for chunky peanut butter but since Lucy finished the last of that, I used smooth almond butter instead and that worked fine.
2 (1.4 oz.) chocolate-covered toffee candy bars
2 cups Rice Krispies
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (or other nut butter)
16 regular-sized marshmallows
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet …

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[23 Dec 2008 | 3 Comments | 2,149 views]
Austin’s Soup Peddler on Cassoulet

You gotta appreciate a person who is so dedicated to culinary exploration that he will gladly spend two days creating just one dish. David Ansel is such a man.
You might know David as the Austin Soup Peddler, who is a wonderful father to one of my favorite babies ever, sweet Mia. He is also a writer, author of The Soup Peddler’s Slow and Difficult Soups.
The cassoulet came about because some hunters David knows were emptying their freezers and he offered to create a mouth-watering final resting place for their Louisiana …

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[23 Dec 2008 | 3 Comments | 2,230 views]
The Whole Story on Latkes

Check out Betsy Becker’s awesome post on latkes aka “Jewish Soul Food” in a recent Whole Foods blog item. I was honored that Betsy gave a shout-out and linked to my blog about Chanukah. She says:
Chicken soup may be the “Jewish penicillin,” but latkes are the “Jewish soul food.” And there’s nothing I’m craving more this Hanukkah than a plateful of earthy, humble, pan-fried potato pancakes – warm and crispy on the outside, soft and savory on the inside – shared with friends and loved ones, with a …

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