Vanilla Wafers

March 30, 2011
Homemade Vanilla Wafers

Growing up, Nilla Wafers were a big hit snack in our house. They went into mom’s banana pudding and dad’s chocolate pudding. They were smeared with peanut butter and made into sandwich cookies. They were eaten plain, straight from the box, and enjoyed just as much! I make Homemade Vanilla Wafers and graham crackers (recipe [...]

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DIY: Homemade Hot Dog Buns

March 23, 2011
Homemade Hot Dog Buns

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a couple of months. It seemed a little silly to post about homemade hot dog buns around Thanksgiving… even though I made them around Thanksgiving. We swam, grilled hot dogs, and had frosty mug beer for dinner. Gotta love “fall” in Texas. March seems like fair game, though. [...]

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Homemade Mango Chutney

January 26, 2011
Homemade Spicy Mango Chutney

When I was putting our weekly menu and shopping list together, I wrote “mango chutney” on the list… and then I crossed it off. Fruit chutneys (chutnies?) are super easy to make – you need fruit, some vinegar, sweetener to offset some of the vinegar, and seasonings of your choice to compliment the flavors. I [...]

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Homemade Granola

December 12, 2010

A few weeks ago, Project Pastry Queen made homemade granola. And the first thing I thought was, “I might never have to buy granola from the store again!” And the second thought was, “This would be great in our Christmas baskets.” Homemade granola takes only minutes to stir together before tossing in the oven, it [...]

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12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Homemade Vanilla Extract

December 4, 2010
Tahitian Vanilla Beans

Another staple in our holiday goodie baskets are bottles of Homemade Vanilla Extract. Each bottle contains homemade vanilla extract and a fresh, split vanilla bean pod. Good vanilla is expensive and for good reason – vanilla beans are the second most expensive spice in the world. And vanilla extract is ridiculously easy to make. I [...]

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DIY: Homemade Chicken/Turkey Stock

November 30, 2010

The worst thing about making chicken pot pie is de-meating the rotisserie chicken. It just might be the worst cooking-related task ever. I hate it more than I hate unloading the dishwasher. And that’s really saying something. The best thing about making chicken pot pie is the chicken pot pie. (Duh.) The second best thing? [...]

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DIY: Homemade Sandwich Thins

September 1, 2010

I love Oroweat Sandwich Thins. They’re super thin, which lets me save my carb indulgences for dessert and they’re one of the very few items you can find under a grocery store roof that isn’t made with high fructose corn syrup. It’s the only store-bought bread product I still buy regularly because I consider them [...]

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DIY: Homemade Pop Tarts

August 25, 2010

If you ever get the chance to take a cooking class with Rebecca Rather, you gotta do it. And the same holds true for being in the same room as David Lebovitz. You won’t be sorry. I’ve taken two cooking classes with The Pastry Queen recently and walked away from the last class with my [...]

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