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Raspberry-Oat Muffins

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Do not be alarmed.  That white blob is Raspberry Cream Spread, which is ricotta and Greek yogurt with a little honey and all-fruit spread.


No big secret here.  It’s the old applesauce trick.


And you can use frozen raspberries.


I do love an opportunity to use special paper liners.

Candice Kumai/Pretty Delicious

Eat Well and Savor.


Banana Doughnuts

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With Banana Frosting.  And they’re gluten-free.  Well, at least the flour was gluten-free.  I’m no expert in the field, though.


This recipe is actually baked.   I need to use these pans more often.


The instructions say to fill them three-quarters full.  Of course I disobeyed.   Why does the recipe make so much if you don’t need it?


Don’t panic.


I’m sure you can find someone to eat the holes.


One other thing:  I suspect that the fact that these aren’t fried might be negated by the fact that there’s shortening in the frosting.

Eat Well and Savor.

Hazelnut Biscotti

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is that the saddest looking little pile of biscotti you’ve ever seen?


I was actually pretty excited to make this.  Who doesn’t love a little crunch with the afternoon coffee?  And these are from the recipe in Bob Greene’s The Best Life Diet.  That’s right.  They’re only 83 calories each.  Oh, wait a minute.  I should say If you follow the recipe they will be.  The instructions say to cut them into 1/2-inch think slices and they will make 16.  My version only made 8, and they pretty much fell apart because they were too small.  That’s okay, though.  I don’t mind a 166-calorie snack.

I’ll tell you what I do mind:  getting the skin off of hazelnuts.

Eat Well and Savor.

Sunday Summary

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Monday:  Another day in paradise.  I mean another day off from work.  And this time I got out of Phoebe’s dermatologist appointment for under 100 bucks.  That’s a win, for sure.

I made Easy-Street Oven Fried Okra from The Complete Southern Cookbook.  I had some asparagus hanging around; so I threw it in there too.


Tuesday:  I spent the afternoon in Magistrate Court.  I hope you never have to utter that sentence.

The doctor said Phoebe can go back to her homemade diet.  I was a little reticent at first; it’s so much easier to scoop out some kibble.  But since I try to stay away from processed food for myself I suppose that’s the least I can do for her.  So, once again, I am the crazy-lady-that-cooks-for-her-dog.

She can’t have much variety because we’re in the testing phase of her alleged food allergies.  I opted for Beef and Bulgur from the Feed Your Best Friend Better book.


Zuchinni, a can of diced tomato, and half a leftover orange pepper that I probably wouldn’t have used anyway.

Wednesday:  I love my job.  I had to make two trips to Buckhead for two no-shows.  I love my job.

I treated myself to a trip to the Ballard Design store.  Well, I guess the real treat was this new mat.


Let’s call it an early birthday present.

Thursday:  Look what came in the mail today.


My mom sent me her old canning books.  This one is from 1977.


And this one is from 1974.  Notice the $1.00 price tag.


This is the back cover.  This one made me smile.  I guess my mom didn’t follow this.  My parents got divorced in the ’80s.

Friday:  We had Malted Chocolate Milkshakes from Cooking Light’s Crave! for dessert.  When I was growing up we used to have popcorn and milkshakes every Friday night while watching Dukes of Hazzard.  Those were the days.


Saturday:  I didn’t do any work today and we didn’t run any errands.  We did go for a nice long walk along the Chattahoochee.  We saw a warning sign for alligators.  I’m glad we didn’t run in to one.  I don’t think Phoebe would have handled it well.

Drink of the Week:  Strawberry Daiquiri.  Thanks to my hard work with the Strawberry-Watermelon Rum.


We had Chicken Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce for dinner.  Again, thanks to my hard work with the Basil-Pecan Freezer Pesto from Southern Living’s Little Jars, Big Flavors.


Sunday:  Do you know what today is?  It’s my birthday!

We went to brunch at Canoe.  I had the Fried Green Eggs Benedict.  Delish.  I took a picture for you, but for some reason I can’t get it off of my phone at the moment.

I made Double Chocolate-Oatmeal Bars from Woman’s Day, circa September 2003.


My mom used to make M&M cookies for me to take to school for my birthday; so this seemed like a good choice.

This was a low-key year for me.  At the moment we are watching Gone With the Wind.  It’s always been a favorite of mine.  I read the book for the first time last year and bought the DVD too.

If it weren’t for the new patio install I would be in Ireland right now.  My cousin tried to make me feel better by saying that the patio will last longer than the vacation memories.  Of course she’s right, but of course I had to mention this year’s excessive rainfall.  Next year:  Hawaii.

Good Deed of the Week:  Add money to an expired meter.  I’m just a few weeks out and I’ve had my first fail.  In my defense, there aren’t a lot of meters in Atlanta, at least not where I park.

Eat Well and Savor.



Apricot Oatmeal Breakfast Scones

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I made these twelve days ago and then ate them for seven days straight.


They were fabulous with my morning latte.  But at the moment my memory is taxed and I really don’t know what to say about them.  Isn’t aging great?


I am also currently very distracted by an old episode of Gossip Girl.

Cleary one is topped with an apricot glaze and the other with turbinado sugar.    I use the term glaze loosely.  I think you’ll get the same effect with a little bit of jam.


There’s a lot going on inside too:  cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.


I almost forgot to mention the golden raisins and the oatmeal.   Another recipe well done by Lisa Yockelson and Baking by Flavor.

Eat Well and Savor.



Tres Leches Boston Cream Cake

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If you think it looks gooey then you’re right.


Yeah, there are a few lumps in the chocolate.  So what.


Tres leches means three milks.  This is actually a cake mix that’s prepared with buttermilk; so if you ask me it’s four milks.  In my opinion, the sweetened condensed milk is the best milk.  Think about it.  Have you ever made anything with a can of that stuff that wasn’t freaking amazing.  Lately I’ve been putting it in my coffee.  Spread the word.


The chocolate on top is just a bag of semi-sweet chips that’s melted with half-and-half.

This recipe calls for an 18.25 ounce white cake mix.  I don’t buy a lot of cake mixes; so can someone please tell me when they got downsized to 15 or 16 ounces.  My guess is that it was sometime after I pulled this out of Coastal Living back in 2009.

Eat Well and Savor.

Apricot Tart

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Just kidding.  It’s actually peaches.  Mireille Guiliano says you can do It with plums and cherries.  Please remind me next year to try the cherry version.


I guess this is why French Women Don’t Get Fat:  one crust for a tart as opposed to two for a pie and only 1/4 cup plus two teaspoons of sugar.   There’s also a little almond meal and honey.  Let the fruit speak for itself.  So easy; so good.


This is an easy one; so I’ll tell you what to do.

Place pie crust in a 9-inch tart pan and poke holes in the bottom.  Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.  Mix 1/2 cup of almond meal and 1/4 cup of sugar and spread evenly over the crust.  Place your fruit of choice on top, drizzle with two teaspoons of honey, and bake for 40 minutes at 375.  Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of almonds and 2 teaspoons of sugar.


MG recommends that you top it with a dollop of crème fraiche.  I would usually concur, but I had good old Cool Whip in the fridge.

Eat Well and Savor.