Jul28

Beef Shawarma Meatballs

Not long ago I had lunch at a little Lebanese restaurant and I discovered some really wonderful new dishes. One of these was shawarma, a meat mixture that is marinated in a spice blend, placed on a spit, and slowly grilled.  It is sliced thin and served with pita and other fresh garnishes.  It is very similar to a gyro but with distinctly different spices.  I fell in love!  The restaurant owner, of course, would not share their recipe...

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Jul26

Coconut Mango Rice Pudding

What do you do when you have a mango approaching over-ripeness and a half a can of coconut milk? I don’t know about you, but I turn it into rice pudding!   Mango and coconut are a perfect flavor match.  I love, for example, chunks of ripe mango with some toasted coconut scattered over the top.  For a while I considered making a coconut pudding with mango chunks in it, but that seemed sort of boring.  That is when I considered a...

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Jun10

Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

When I’m feeling under the weather I tend to hibernate and stay out of the kitchen.  Once I begin to feel better I get the itch to bake. If you follow me on Twitter (@BakingBlog) you know that I caught a nasty bug last week and it knocked me out for about four days.  Now that I am, happily, on the mend I am back in the kitchen whipping up some food to feed my evil soul.   After being so sick I felt I deserved something rich so...

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May24

Banana Bread Pudding

A few weeks ago my husband and went to see the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.    You know, the one hit wonders from the 90’s?  They were playing at the House of Blues in Dallas and I could not resist. I love swing music so much I even took swing dancing lessons in college.  We decided to go ahead and have dinner at the House of Blues before the show.  Because we had a little extra time before the show began, and because I love...

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Jan20

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love old family recipes.  I also love cookies. My mom makes some pretty fantastic oatmeal cookies.  They are my grandmother’s recipe, handed down on a butter stained note card, and they are lovely.  Crisp throughout with a hint of cinnamon and a lovely nubby texture makes them instantly craveable.  They are mom’s go-to cookie and the most frequent dessert offering at her house.  In fact, there is almost always a batch of...

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