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Dirt Cake

Dirt Cake recipe Video (scroll down for printable recipe) The Dirt Cake is something that many people grew up on. Not me. I think dirt cakes are indigenous to the American midwest which would explain why I’d never heard of them until I was well past voting age. That, and my mom is a devout sugar-hating…

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10 Steps to an Energy Efficient Kitchen

People often opine about “eating green”, meaning what foods require the least amount of energy to produce, sustainably harvested seafood, and water conserving irrigation techniques. What is less talked about is “cooking green”. What I mean by that is being conscious of all the things the farmers think about on the farms while you’re in…

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German Cinnamon Stars – Zimtsterne

Cinnamon Stars Video (scroll down for printable recipe) Part six in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Germany, focus on: ZIMTSTERNE! A naturally gluten-free almond meringue cookie. I’d be lying my ass off if I told you these were in any way “easy” or “foolproof”. “Pain in the ass” and “kind of frustrating”…

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Ponche Navideño – Mexican Christmas Punch

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Part four in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Mexico, focus on: PONCHE NAVIDEñO! Big thank you to our friend Carlos for joining me on the show again to share his ponche recipe! ¡Feliz Navidad, y’all! Ponche Navideño is a hot punch made from fresh and dried fruits, with the option of adding…

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Bourbon or Rum Balls

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Part three in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in the USA, focus on: BOURBON (or rum!) BALLS! Watch all the videos on YouTube! Bourbon (or rum) balls are one of the world’s oldest confections, originating I imagine, as a way to make use of broken, old, or stale things that are otherwise inedible.…

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My Family’s Christmas

I grew up on a fair-sized plot of family land out by Lake Travis. My great-grandfather had the foresight to buy up a parcel on the lake, before it was even fully dredged and long before it would be filled with rain. When I was very small, my paternal grandmother gave my parents a portion…

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Scotch Shortbread — Christmas Cookie Recipe

scotch shortbread recipe

Walkers Scottish Shortbread was always in our Christmas stockings from my grandmother Hornsby. She loved shortbread, especially with a cup of tea (bonus points if it was Yorkshire Gold) but I think I’ve mentioned many times by now, she never cooked or baked much of anything herself. So maybe she wouldn’t even like this shortbread…

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Apple Crisp

It’s apple season! And what better way to please the apple gods than by making an apple crisp?! It’s faster and easier than a pie, plus you can easily make it gluten-free to please all the people. My topping uses a combination of rolled oats and minced nuts for an extra crispy apple crisp, but…

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Doritos Locos Tacos

Doritos Locos Tacos Recipe Video Watch the video to see how to fry the corn tortillas without any fancy tortilla frying tools. To fill them, use this recipe for crispy beef tacos, or use your favorite. And click over to Jasmin’s site for the Doritos Locos Tacos recipe! I met Jasmin Fine of 1FineCookie a month…

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