Feb29

Cinnamon Pecan Swirl Monkey Bread

Happy Leap Day! February has been one bitch of a month for me personally, so to celebrate the end of it I decided to bake something really, really naughty.  I was inspired by monkey bread, a heavenly concoction of cinnamon sugar covered dough that is baked in a sticky brown sugar and butter sauce.  The end result is sweet, buttery, and perfect for sharing.  Most of the recipes I found on the interwebs for monkey bread used a short...

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Dec13

Cranberry Bourbon Christmas Cake

I’m not going to lie … this is a highfalutin fruit cake. Every year I make a fruit cake.  I find I really like them around the holidays.  There is something comforting about a booze soaked slice of cake which has been festooned with fruits and nuts.  (Yes, I said festooned.  It is a great word and we do not use it often enough I think.)  I know they are not popular and are usually derided as inedible, but that is the kind...

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Aug04

Amber Ale Hot Dog Buns

This post comes with a free bonus!! Of course, all my content is free but in this case you get a super secret look at my VERY FAVORITE hot dog toppings!  As you most likely know, if you watch the news at all, Texas is having a massive heat wave that is causing one of the worst drought situations in out state’s history.  I only think it fair, when we are being asked to conserve water, to try and find other liquids to bake and...

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Jun27

Quick Sour Cream Cinnamon Rolls

Boy, has it been a LONG week … For the second time in three weeks I have gone AWOL, and I am sorry for that.  I was hoping that after my last bout of family related drama things would quiet down, but it was not to be.  Last week my father was feeling a little funny, and his blood pressure was pretty high, so he went to the hospital.  After testing they found that he would need bypass surgery … sooner rather than later.  He...

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Apr28

1554 Black Ale Doughnuts with Mocha Black Ale Glaze

Who says beer can’t be for breakfast? The folks at Foodbuzz joined with the New Belgium Brewing Company to offer a group of bloggers the opportunity* to create a recipe using their fine, fine beers.  I have been a New Belgium fan for as long as I have enjoyed beer.  I even own a few New Belgium beer glasses, so getting to create a recipe with their beer was just the antidote I needed to the Pie-pocalypse of the last few weeks. ...

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Mar21

Chocolate Banana Bread

I’m a bad baker. Over the weekend I discovered, much to my shock and horror, that I had run out of butter.  It does not happen often and I actually buy two or three pounds at a time as to have plenty on hand at all times.   When I do run out I usually discover it while in the middle of baking something and it honestly makes me feel a little edgy.  For the most part butter is my fat of choice for baking, but in cake baking oil...

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