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Satan’s Hairy (Meat) Balls

I came across a recipe for “Sea Anemones” in an old cookbook of my grandmother Hornsby’s. The book is called Hawaii Cookbook & Backyard Luau by Elizabeth Ahn Toupin. “Sea Anemones” are meatballs made with minced shrimp and rolled in broken vermicelli noodles which have the marvelous property of puffing into white, wormy strands when…

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Pumpkin Muffins

pumpkin muffins recipe

This recipe for pumpkin muffins was (mildly) adapted from the Joy of Cooking. It may be more correct to even say it was just barely adapted, and only by accident. By accident because it turns out it is very hard to bake pumpkin muffins (or anything) while you are wearing a Freddy Krueger glove, so many…

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Gummy Eyeballs for Halloween!

Gummy Eyeballs Recipe Video Gelatin is one of the most fun things to play with at Halloween. Last year I made super-realistic gummy worms with just gelatin, juice and some straws. Cheap and easy. This year I went all out and bought a $10 ice mold to make gummy eyeballs! (this one on Amazon). Still…

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

homemade soft pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe Video – scroll down for recipe card If you’ve never made soft pretzels, especially if you like soft pretzels, you should give it a try. Soft pretzels are surprisingly easy. At least, I was surprised. I learned how to make these when we shot a video at Easy Tiger bakery in…

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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese Recipe Video – scroll down for recipe card Pimento cheese is a thing that is truly best when homemade. The stuff in the little plastic tubs just doesn’t do it for me: it’s sweet, it’s pasty, it lacks pizzazz! Homemade pimento cheese — especially mine — is rich and tangy and perfect for…

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How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree How-to Video The first thing you gotta to do is getcha the right kinda pumpkin. You want what’s called a “pie pumpkin” or a “sugar pumpkin”, not the giant jack-o’lantern pumpkins that are floating around the stores this time of year. Pie pumpkins are smallish, less than 10″ across, dark orange, and…

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Fried Tacos

fried tacos recipe

Fried Tacos Recipe Video Most people have memories of Jack in the Box tacos — perhaps fond or not-so-fond. My memory is mostly of my high school boyfriend berating the drive-thru girl about whether she could or could not put cheese sauce on his tacos, rather than American cheese slices. She insisted that it was…

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

broccoli cheese soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe Video – scroll down for recipe card If your only experience with broccoli cheese soup is eating it from a warmed-up can, you’ve got to give homemade broccoli cheese soup a chance. Unlike its blobby, flaccid, overcooked counterpart, homemade broccoli cheese soup is creamy and rich — sure — but also fresh and bright. My broccoli…

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Camarones a la Diabla – Diablo Shrimp Recipe

camarones a la diabla

Camarones a la diabla recipe video – scroll down for recipe card Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified of new videos. Camarones a la diabla is one of those items that is on almost every Mexican/Tex-Mex/South American restaurant menu but every place you order it, it’s completely different. Sometimes it’s made with a dark red chile…

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