Sweet, Smoky, and Spicy Pizza on a Bock Beer Crust

Let me start, once again, by thanking all of you who voted for me to move on to Round 5 of Project Food Blog!  I am amazed to have made it this far, humbled by all the kind and encouraging comments, and so grateful for all your support!  Thank you all so much. This week the challenge is titled Recipe Remix: One recipe, 100 variations! We’re challenging each of you to put your own spin on the same recipe. How you do it is up to...

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Blueberry Crumb Muffins

All too often blueberry muffins are a disappointment. Blueberry muffin recipes are often too dry, not fluffy enough, stained violet, or all the berries sink to the bottom.   The struggle for the perfect blueberry muffin led me through a gauntlet of unhappiness and bad muffins, but I am happy to report that I won the battle.  This recipe produces a tender muffin with an even distribution of berries.  To make these muffins even better I...

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Honey Wheat Pita Bread

 I think pita bread may be magic.     Not that it will grant wishes or anything, but I think the way it goes from thin, flat dough into a hearty pocket of bread fascinating.  Aside from the fascination factor, the versatility of pita bread is endless.  Stuff them with lunch meat for a sandwich, top them with sauce and cheese for a pizza, or bake them until crisp for chips.  Yes, the pita is very versatile.   Notes on this recipe...

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Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Scones

I might have been thinking of cookies when I made these scones. I was craving chocolate chip cookies the other day when a picture of some cream scones caught my eye. Why couldn’t I take the best flavors of a chocolate chip cookie and combine them with some scones? So, I did just that! I used brown sugar in the dough and added a full cup of chocolate chips. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla. The results are spectacular! These...

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Jalapeno, Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

Growing up in Texas, cornbread was something we ate almost weekly. Mom would almost always make her cornbread in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.  That skillet gave the the cornbread a lovely crust on the bottom and I would always pick off the crusty bottom before eating the tender center.  We never got fancy with the cornbread.  We usually had regular cornbread, but on occasion we would have sweet. Now that I am making the meals I...

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Butter Croissants

Ready for something a tad more advanced?  It takes time to make, but it is SO worth it. I fell in love with croissant making a few semesters ago in my Laminated Dough class.  Bread making is among my favorite things to do in the kitchen, but making laminated doughs (doughs with butter sandwiched between the layers) tops that.  It takes time to make laminated dough and the process has taught me a lot about being patient in the...

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