We Have A Winner!

Well, it’s the 24th, the day after my birthday.  Yes, it was lovely, thankyouverymuch.  Anyway, as promised, The Impartial Beloved has chosen the Incredibly Lucky Winner of my first co-authoring endeavor, Starting from Scratch.  And the winner is…………………………..Camille, from Croque Camille, for her submission of a)Pastry Chef Offline, with a pithy subtitle (TBD), about freeing Onesself […]

Homemade Hot Cocoa or Oh, St. Cecile, How Sorely They Have Used You.

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Dear Miss Swiss Miss, I wonder what your real name is? I took the liberty of doing some research, and I’ve decided that your given name, heretofore lost in the sands of time, is probably Cecile. You must be Cecile, the blind patron saint of music. First, the ConAgra people told you that they were […]

Sunday Suppers (Late Monday Edition): Chipotle Tomatillo Pork Chili

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Glad you’re here, all–and just in time for Story Time!  Okay, so I went walking with Roberta, my Most Excellent Neighbor, on Saturday.  Given a choice of walking in the neighborhood or walking at a couple of parks in Garner, I chose parks. I was then presented with two choices:  Lake Benson Park or White Deer […]

Announcing the New and Improved, Nipped and Tucked, Snazzified Pastry Chef Online. Plus, PMAT's Inaugural Giveaway!

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Friends, here it is.  All the sweating, the work, the blisters-on-my-fingers.  All of the Amazing Linda’s work–long hours, making nice on the crazy woman (that would be Me), the pulling-out-of-hair.  As an aside, yesterday I offered to have made the Best Wig Ever for the Amazing Linda.  She chose hot pink.  Um, back to the announcement.  […]

Sunday Suppers: Alton Brown’s Corn Dogs (Among Other Things)


[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHwasrpAx88&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wdjqXnixIY&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b]I am a sucker for a theme party.  So, with Ken’s Korny Corn Maze right around the corner from our new house, we knew that we’d eventually have to have a Ken’s Korny Corn Maze Extravaganza.  We did that Very Thing two weekends ago.  The only rule was that every dish had to have […]

Halloween (or Hallowe'en) Extravaganza Teaser

Hello, all.  I think I have sufficiently recovered from two extravaganzas in a row–first, Ken’s Korny Corn Maze Extravaganza, about which I shall write on Sunday.  Second, Halloween.  Or Hallowe’en.  It is my Hands Down favorite Holiday, and my life is not complete unless I make at least a couple of children cry.  Just a […]