Tag: dessert

The Food Desert Project - Pecan-Date Tassies

The Food Desert Project - Pecan-Date Tassies
It’s pie season again!  Sadly, I am a bit under the weather, so my usual plethora of pies won’t be happening this year – so I decided I would make up in quantity what I can’t do in variety.  Tassies (possibly an Anglicization of the French word for cup, “tasse”) are little one-bite pies, and I adapted... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Crudmuffins

Sundays with Sparky: Crudmuffins
Sparky’s friends enjoy wordplay – and, being the age that they are, their favorite way to play with words is coming up with creative substitutes for  inappropriate words.  Dr. Lasergonapus (frequent collaborator here in the Hays kitchen) in particular celebrates the epithet “Crudmuffins!” One day he asked me if we could come up with a... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Lemon Meringue Cake - Giant Chicken Optional

The Wayback Machine:  Lemon Meringue Cake - Giant Chicken Optional
This week marked a “big” wedding anniversary for my husband and I. Truthfully, I’d have forgotten it like I usually do, but the Bloggess posted that she is only a year ahead of us, (note – links slightly NSFW.  Unless you have ready access to zoo animals and are handy with soap and mouth-washings, maybe not... Read more »
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Sundays With Sparky: Cake-Palooza! (Lime In The Coconut Cake, Minecraft Cake, Xbox Cupcakes)

Lime in the Coconut Cake - 
Fresh Lime Chiffon Cake with Key Lime and Blackberry Filling and Coconut Cream Frosting
For our family, August is filled with cake.  Nearly every family celebration happens in August for us, and since I love baking and crafting, we pull out all the stops and try to make each cake special.  Since we have so many and they are mostly about process, I’m not going to detail the recipes,... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Blueberries and Cream Pie

Sundays with Sparky: Blueberries and Cream Pie
For me, and I think for Sparky, too, very few things speak to summer like a fruit pie. I had frozen an abundance of blueberries, and one afternoon, Sparky, Zuko and I decided their time had come. Pie it was. Sparky specifically asked for blueberries-and-cream pie like our Red, White and Blueberry Hand-Pies, so that’s... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: The S'more Warriers, Part II

The Wayback Machine: The S'more Warriers, Part II
If you recall, we started this post with pre-camping-trip homemade marshmallows. We are avid campers…well, at least we adults are avid campers – Sparky can take camping or leave it, and so of late we have brought along his buddy Zuko to ease the sting of the fresh air and nature and all that. This year,... Read more »
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Sundays with Sparky: Neapolitan Marshmallows

Sundays with Sparky: Neapolitan Marshmallows
So, if you recall, last week I posted our now-famous recipe for homemade marshmallows, which is totally worth doing. Seriously – do it; you won’t believe how much better they are homemade. One major benefit to homemade marshmallows is that you can tinker with the recipe – which, this year, we decided to do.  So, we... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: The S'More Warriors (Part 1 - Marshmallows)

The Wayback Machine: The S'More Warriors (Part 1 - Marshmallows)
You may have guessed by now that when it comes to food, I’m an avid do-it-yourselfer. I find that it’s rare that store-bought foods are better or cheaper than ones I can make myself. I’ve also found there was many a food that I decided wasn’t for me, only to find out later that the... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Thai Iced Coffee Panna Cotta

The Food Desert Project: Thai Iced Coffee Panna Cotta
I was racking my brain for an idea for a post, and saw this post on Serious Eats, Coffee-Coconut Agar Dessert, posted by Leela of SheSimmers.com. It looked like such a summery dessert that I thought I should try something like it – I’ve been wanting to try Panna Cotta, a milky Italian gelatin dessert.  The two... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Magic Banana Boats and Fireside Choripan

The Wayback Machine: Magic Banana Boats and Fireside Choripan
The sad truth: although we go camping every year, Sparky hates it. He’s a luxury-hotel kind of a kid, sadly saddled with our family’s state-park-campground budget.  Sparky’s Dad and I, on the other hand, love being outdoors and cooking on a wood fire we built ourselves. We’ve learned to compromise by camping near a County... Read more »