Food-snob alert: If you detest recipes that start with, “Take one tube of dough…”, avert your eyes. This recipe is definitely not for you. It is full of refined sugars, chemical preservatives, saturated fat, and processed carbs. It bears the name Sopapilla without having the slightest resemblance to the actual, authentic Mexican flatbread. The food snob part of me is embarrassed to share this recipe. The food lover in me can’t help it. It’s just so freakin’ good.
It’s so good, in fact, that I’ve made it three times in a week. So good, that the last time I made it, I fell into one of my common mental anguish moments while cooking something so tasty: Do I dare innovate, or leave it well enough alone? I can have an idea of how to make it better, but then I get worried that it won’t be as good as the tried-and-true original and I’ll be left still craving it. So, instead of just sucking it up and trying something new, I do what any neurotic baker would do- make both and recruit my friends and family for a side-by-side taste test. Obviously. Continue reading
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Do you ever just NEED to have a tray of brownies? Don’t deny it… you’ve felt this way. Sometimes, only a fudgy, chocolatey treat will silence the craving. And there’s nothing like homemade. But here’s the rub: I cannot buy bars of chocolate, bring them into my house, and expect them to wait around in the pantry until I get a craving for brownies. They’ve usually “disappeared” after only a few days. So something that could, in fact, be a pantry staple, rarely is. This is where a good recipe for cocoa brownies comes in handy. Because cocoa, while delicious and chocolatey, is never really in danger of being snatched up from its hiding place in the pantry and eaten on its own. Continue reading
There’s no denying it now. Summer is coming to a close. My morning drive to work is slowed down by school buses, I have more ripe tomatoes than I know what to do with, and most of the time, I can turn off the a/c at night. And, obviously, it’s labor day. But, and this is a significant but… it’s not over yet! Fall’s waiting in the wings, but it’s not Autumn’s time to shine juuuuuust yet. And thank goodness. Because I have to have time to make these ice cream sandwiches at least one more time before it’s too chilly and I’d rather be sipping apple cider and snuggling in a toasty sweater.
There is something about ice cream sandwiches that can make even an 80 year old feel like a kid again. They’re generally drippy, ooey-gooey, and are really best eaten outside, preferably on the steps of the front porch. Sticky fingers seem to be like a fountain of youth for me… they immediately make me feel 20 years younger. Continue reading
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