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PPQ: (Not) Neuvo Texas Waldorf Salad

April 29, 2012
Blueberry

That is where you’d normally see a picture of this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Nuevo Texas Waldorf Salad, as selected by Emily of She Makes and Bakes. After a Saturday spent at Texas Beer Fest and with the little one at Grandma’s house for the night, we had planned a lazy Sunday. Sleep in, [...]

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PPQ: Peanut Butter Cupcakes

April 15, 2012
Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Jen of selected this week’s Project Pastry Queen Challenge was selected by Jen of Sweet Morris: Peanut Butter Cups with Peanut-Penuche Icing. The cake portion of the challenge is one of the better peanut butter cakes I’ve baked. The crumb is tender, without being too dense and there’s plenty of peanut butter flavor. Other peanut [...]

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PPQ: Guanabana Margaritas

April 8, 2012
Guanabana Margaritas

It’s my week to host Project Pastry Queen! A turn that happens to coincide with the end of Lent so you know what that means. TEQUILA. TEQUILA. TEQUILA. TEQUILA. 40+ days without a margarita. There is much ground to be made up! Have you ever had guanabana? I hadn’t even heard of it before The [...]

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PPQ: Jubilation Granola Chews

April 1, 2012
Jubilation Granola

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Amanda of Homekeeping Adventures: Jubilation Granola Chews. Full of nuts, oatmeal, and coconut, they’re described as a softer, chewier granola bar. The granola was definitely soft and chewy but mine didn’t hold together as bars. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, I guess! I made half [...]

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PPQ: Tropical Carrot Cake Cupcakes

March 18, 2012
Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Emily of A Gilt Nutmeg selected this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting. And like just about every other cake in The Pastry Queen, it’s a gigantic, impressive, and fabulous dessert. I absolutely love this carrot cake – it’s my second favorite recipe. It has the unusual addition [...]

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PPQ: Individual Tiramisu with Homemade Ladyfingers

March 11, 2012
Individual Tiramisu

Tiramisus? I’m playing catchup with last week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Tiramisu with Homemade Ladyfingers, chosen by Sarah of 20 Something Cupcakes. Homemade ladyfingers are one of those things that deserve to be on everyone’s Baking Bucket List. They’re softer, more tender, and much more flavorful with a healthy dose of vanilla. They would really [...]

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Old Friends, New Faces, and a KitchenAid Lunch

March 6, 2012
Orange County

Last week, I jetted off to Orange County for a bloggers’ luncheon hosted by White on Rice Couple and KitchenAid. I was on the ground for 23 hours. In that short time, I discussed former-Presidential-candidates/current-Texas-governors with the cashier at Trader Joe’s, hoarded PoundPlus chocolate, chatted with 39 other bloggers, ate way too much of the [...]

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PPQ: Totally Rummy Pound Cake

February 26, 2012

I chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe, Totally Rummy Pound Cake. It was cake + booze. Surely it would be a winner. But if I could do it all over again, I’d go back and choose a different recipe. Because it turns out that I’m not as big a fan of rum as you’d [...]

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