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I’ve Moved!

October 20, 2011

Hey Y’all,
Remember when I said “big things are coming”? Well… They came!

I’ve moved! Now you can find me over here –
It’s a fancy new website that I’m way excited about. I’ve got new recipes, as well as room for new kinds of posts. I also have a facebook page, which you can connect to now to follow all the fun things that are happening. There are lots of fun things guys, just hop over to Honey Do Bakes and see!

Corn “Salad”

September 6, 2011
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College Game Day is back.

Things I love about College Game Day:
More Food

Things I don’t love about College Game Day:

Not that I mind football or anything, it’s fun and entertaining and all, I just don’t LOVE it. But I do LOVE all the foods that go along with college game day. This is one of my all-time favorites. I got the recipe from one of Justin’s Aunts (I can’t remember which one, but whoever it was rocked my world with this). And funny story, I actually made myself sick once eating this, so it’s taken me a while to get back on the horse (as it were) and post about this.  But seriously. Make this. It will rock your world too, just don’t over-eat.

Also, I called this corn “salad,” but I’m going to be frank with you – it’s really not a salad. I think it might be more fair to call it a dip or something, but I’m not sure. However, it was passed on to me as “salad,” so “salad” it shall remain.

And lastly, I’m addicted to Dr. Pepper. There, I just had to get that off my chest.  Read more…

Cherry Buckle

August 29, 2011

School may have started, but here in Texas, the time of year for picnics and potlucks has just begun.  It’s still too hot to eat outside much, but there’s a glimmer of light ahead. In just a few short months we’ll be eating all our meals out on the patio again, and saying our thanks for the cooler weather. Cooler weather isn’t the only thing I’m looking forward to though.

Long before cooler weather arrives, something else will be here. College game days are upon us, which means Saturdays with friends, enormous amounts of food, and (duh) beer. I’m pulling out the big guns, and working on recipes that are very easy, require things I have on hand anyway, and will please a crowd.

A Buckle is somewhere between a cake and a cobbler. Like if two of the most delicious things I can think of (i.e. cake and cobbler) got together and made an edible dessert baby – it would be this buckle.

Nutmeg, orange, cherries and butter all rolled in to one great combination of delectability. Crispy and crumby on top, moist and soft inside. Is your mouth watering yet?  Read more…

Gnocchi with Cream Sauce

August 23, 2011

Before I begin the school year I like to make a few different foods that can be frozen, then easily whisked out of the freezer and resuscitated for late night dinners.  Otherwise, I end up eating “pasta sides” for dinner. Actually, if I’m being completely truthful, I usually end up eating an entire container of pop-n-fresh rolls. What? They’re delicious, don’t tell me you wouldn’t do it.

But later I get that greasy, shameful feeling of gluttony and too many carbs (is there really such a thing?). Thus, the gnocchi. It freezes great, and it’s an excellent cure for hunger-induced grouchiness, which is something I’m particularly prone to.

Heads up, and I’m pretty sure I said this last time I made Sweet Potato Gnocchi, this is an incredibly, insanely, ridiculously big mess. There will be potato all over you, in your hair, under your finger nails, and probably between your toes, by the time you’re done. Worth it.   Read more…

Lemon Risotto

August 15, 2011

While I do realize that it is very adult to save money, it just doesn’t really feel adult. I feel adult when I go out to a fancy restaurant and wear fancy high heels. I feel adult when I workout, but then I like to reward myself by going out to a bar and having a beer. And I feel adult when I go shopping and come home with a file cabinet and a box of baking soda.

But I don’t feel very adult when I cook dinner; especially if that dinner is using ingredients I already have, and doesn’t involve an extensive shopping trip at Central Market or Whole Foods. I’m not sure why. Are there any therapists out there who could explain my aversion to saving money?

Aversion aside, I’ve been giving it a serious effort. Thus the recent posts like Strawberry Salad, Garlic Knots, and Bruschetta.  That’s right, I’ve been cooking real food, not just dessert. This is rough, guys. All I want in my life is pie.

However, for nutritious food, risotto is actually pretty amazing. It’s creamy, comforting, and smooth. The lemon zest adds acidity, while the parmesan cheese adds a crisp sharp flavor. The flavors and textures in this dish might lead you to believe that there were heaps of butter or quarts of heavy cream involved, but believe it or not, there’s none.

The dish is very easy to make, very little technical skill is needed. The key to good risotto is patience and time. If you’ve got those, you’re set. If you’re like me, it’s a challenge, but ultimately worth it.  Read more…

Strawberry Fields Salad

August 11, 2011

Forgive my sorry photography here – I took this photo after dark with my regular old kitchen lamp as my only lighting source.

Anyway, I like salads, but I rarely make them. Actually, I rarely order them. I don’t want to be one of those girls who orders a salad and then eats everyone else’s food. If anything, I might get a house salad as a side.  I think we short-sell salads though. Given the right ingredients they can be truly terrific.  I know this one is.

There’s just one, teensy, tiny, problem. I’m not entirely sure that this amazing, divine, tangy, sweet, salad dressing from heaven is available everywhere. So far, I’ve only found it at the HEB on Far West (I realize that if you’re not from Austin, this information means very little to you). But, let me know if you find it somewhere else. Think of it as your duty to mankind to discover and share this salad dressing.  Read more…

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

August 5, 2011

It’s been 2 years, to the day, since I started this blog. Anyone been keeping track? No? Just me? Happy 2 year anniversary to me!

A lot has changed, at least, for me. Mostly, I started grad school, and, oh yeah, I started learning a lot more about cooking and photography. This was my first blog post ever.

I used to take photos like this:

Now I take photos like this:

Yepp, a lot has changed. It’s been both time consuming and enlightening. And, I hope there are more changes in the years to come. I want to have a website (a real one), I want to continue to improve in both my photography and cooking skills, and I’d like to start creating more of my own recipes as well.

So, in commemoration of my first blog post, in which I baked the key lime pie shown in the “before” photo. I decided to finally post about how to make the crust that I (foolishly) recommended using a store-bought crust for. Also, in that first blog, two years ago, I was posting about recipes I was making for a beach trip. And actually, as you’re reading this, at this very moment, I’m at the beach!

Back to the pie crust. A homemade graham cracker crust is actually infinitely better than a store-bought crust. It’s buttery, crumbly, and has just the right amount of sweetness. Read more…


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