Sherried Pumpkin Bundtlettes: #BundtBakers: Using Community Cookbooks

Mini Pumpkin Bundtlettes made with Sherry--delicious and unique!

Guys! This pumpkin cake is the first dish I have edited photos for that was made in September! That is how behind I am! Ack! … 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies made with an Assortment of Chocolate: #CreativeCookieExchange

Chocolate Chip Cookies made with an Assortment of Chocolate--don't let lack a lack of chocolate chips stop you from making this cookies!

I am so excited about this month’s Creative Cookie Exchange theme, but first a little bit of housekeeping. You may notice in my right hand column, below the first Adsense ad and above the Ziplist badge, a new Amazon search box. As I have mentioned before, I use Amazon affiliate links to link to items I am discussing. … 

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Traditional Refried Beans: Review of Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food

Traditional Refried Beans from SCRATCH served with Chilaquiles Verde

Finally! You would not believe how hard of a time I have had sitting down and getting this post to you! First, on Wednesday, when I hoped to post it, we lost power for pretty much the entire chunk of my writing hours–i.e., late at night. Then Thursday I was at Costco all day, and when I returned home I discovered Finnegan had found one of my Costco-sized (1.75 lbs) jars of I Love Peanut Butter’s Dark Chocolate Dreams. That stuff is awesome–no dumb dog, he– but it is awesome because of how much chocolate is in it. … 

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Inverted Shepherd’s Pie: Ground Beef with Dijon Mustard and Veggies on Smashed Potatoes: Using Community Cookbooks

Inverted Shepherd's Pie: Ground Beef with Dijon Mustard and Veggies on Smashed Potatoes
I owe you a refried beans post, but I am waiting on the publisher to send me (as is their preference) the recipe. So I am sliding this post in instead…. 

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Chilaquiles with Sweet Potato and Salsa Verde

Chilaquiles Verde (tortilla chips cooked in tomatillo salsa) with Sweet Potatoes. Served with Refried Beans.

Long time readers of this blog know that I love chilaquiles. Crispy tortilla chips cooked into various types of Mexican sauces are right up my alley. Several years ago I was complaining about mushy chilaquiles I had been served when someone on Facebook said but that is how they are supposed to be. Interesting. Most definitely not at my favorite taqueria, but it did engender a discussion on the topic, and it seemed to be split 50/50. So how are they supposed to be served in Mexico? … 

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Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake: a rich vanilla flavored pound cake soaked in a butter sugar syrup

How have I never heard of a Kentucky Butter Cake? How did I miss its existence? Pound cake soaked in a butter sugar syrup? Can we say yes, please!?

Now on the face of it I admit it sounds almost too rich. … 

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Macaroni and Cheese: Penne Pasta with Cheddar Cheese, Avocado and Lime; Review of Melt

Penne Pasta with Cheddar Cheese, Avocado and Lime

You guys have probably noticed at the bottom of many of my posts this note: Affiliate links were used in this post, but only to link to items I would be discussing and linking to in any case. Chances are you know what this means, but in case you don’t, basically I earn pennies every time you purchase something at Amazon (all of my affiliate links are to Amazon) after heading there through a link on my site. It comes at no cost to you and I absolutely only use it to link to cookbooks, tools and ingredients I am discussing. … 

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Kale Salad with Peaches and Blue Cheese

Massaged Kale Salad with Dates, Candy Onions, Blue Cheese and Peaches

I have a new obsession. And yes, I realized I am waaaaay late to the party on this one. It is not because I think kale is gross or that I would not like kale salads. I ate them cheerfully when they were served to me. But massaging the kale? It just sounded a little weird…. 

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Apple Pie Muesli; Review of Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: Rose Bakery

Low Sugar, Raw Apple Pie Muesli

I am bone deep tired. Which is sad, because I would really have liked to have started the oats for this dish tonight, so I could eat it come morning. I made it a few weeks ago and have been craving it again ever since. And goodness knows it is easy enough! I have no excuse! But hey I sent my daughter over to her friend’s house today at 10:30 am…. for a play date that started at 1:30 pm. Yeah. That kind of day, and that kind of week…. 

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Whole Wheat Honey Spiced Apple Breakfast Bundtlettes: #BundtBakers

Whole Wheat Honey Spiced Apple Breakfast Bundtlettes

Do you react to danger, so to speak, after the danger has passed? Are you calm and collected until it is over, and that is when you break down or otherwise react? That’s me. I got the clean bill of health and “don’t come back” from the oncologist today, and somehow the entire day was just more exhausting than you would think…. 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Zucchini and Almonds: Creative Cookie Exchange

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almonds and Zucchini

We are in sugar shock here right now. Not really, but close. Alex got a bee in her bonnet about the fact that she never got mousse for her birthday (I refer you to our birthday mousse tradition) but I needed to make cookies for Creative Cookie Exchange and then I also needed cake for Bundt Bakers (coming Thursday). And after taking 2 months off of serious blogging I was pretty determined to get back in the game so to speak. … 

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Thai Stir Fried Vermicelli with Ground Beef, Pepper and Basil; Review of Thailand the Cookbook

Thai Stir Fried Angel Hair Noodles with Ground Beef, (Chile or Bell) Peppers, Garlic and Basil

Apparently I have been all about the stir fried noodles this month, starting with the noodles in the peanut butter sauce.  They just seem so easy. A friend of mine told me when she had comparable surgery that she was cranky for a long time–well that definitely describes me. Cranky. Ergo, easy is good…. 

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Stewed Plum Swirled Bundt Cake or Cake of Wine Poached Plums; Review of Roast Lamb in the Olive Grove

Greek Paxos Inspired Cake with a Stewed Plum Infused Swirl

This cake was delicious, but not at all what the author intended, ergo the two titles, one matching the pictures and one matching the recipe instructions. And honestly, because I am still tired and cranky from the surgery, I suspect the error was mostly mine. But I cannot wait any longer to tell you about this cookbook, so I am going to present my review with the recipe as I would write it now and a result that honestly at best is “inspired by” the original recipe in the cookbook…. 

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