Monthly Archives: December 2012

No-Baking-Required Boozy Bourbon Balls

Yeah.  Boozy bourbon balls.  They’re another old-fashioned Christmas cookie that I promise your little kids will ignore, should they happen to take a taste after you’ve warned them they won’t enjoy these “adults-only” treats.  The bourbon flavor is intense, Continue reading


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December 22, 2012 · 9:51 am

My Own Taco Soup WITHOUT the Packaged Seasoning!

I just can’t write about baking any more, even though I still have a few cookies to make– the rest of the sugar cookies for Ken and Grace to frost when she’s here, bourbon balls for my brother-in-law Jeff, more anise un-puffs and amaretti cookies (if I can find the brand of almond paste I like– the one in the can, not the plastic-wrapped tube like pre-cooked polenta– YUCK). Continue reading

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Anise Puffs

My mother used to make these delicious anise-flavored cookies every Christmas when I was very little.  The cookies were shaped like tiny mushrooms with a crunchy puffy cap that sat atop a cookie base.  Continue reading

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A Day with My Mom…No Cooking Needed!

Today I spent the day with my mom. I know I spend every day with my mom; she’s lived with us for a few years.

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Holiday Baking Day 2 – Peanut Butter Blossoms and Turtle Cookies

It’s not pretty in and around the nation’s capital.  Misty and sunless, it was a good day to be indoors…and bake.  Continue reading

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The Q&A Page Is Up!

I created a Cooking Q&A page. See the menu at the top of the page– it’s the second menu option labeled “Culinary Q&A.”

Post a question under the comments and I’ll give it my best shot!

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