Mar 17

Pot O’ Gold?

Posted by Nanc

Not quite, but possibly a Cupcake O’ Gold.

I’ve been searching and testing and trying out cupcake recipes from scratch on my dear friends and hubby. Oh, sure; they acted like my past attempts were tasty and good as they gobbled them down and smiled their sugar-crazed grins. But they couldn’t fool me, no siree-bob. But this time I might have struck gold. Budget Gold Cake, that is.

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Mar 16

Hot Peep Love

Posted by Nanc

What do you do when it’s nearly Easter and it’s chilly?

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Mar 15

Not even a contender

Posted by Nanc

My interest (and the world’s, it seems) in cupcakes has taken me down the road of trying to find the perfect cake and frosting recipe. And I mean from scratch, y’all. It’s not that I’m against box cake mixes, but I would like to find a good, from-scratch recipe. You wouldn’t think that would be so hard, would ya?

This is my quest

Update: photos added to article, thanks to Skittermagoo.

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Feb 22

Getting your vitamin cake

Posted by Nanc

As promised, I’ve got a tasty recipe for my vegetarian/vegan friends. In fact, it was taste-tested by these same friends and it passed muster. So I’m proud to share with you my recipe for vegan cupcakes.

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Feb 19

Tasty Beef

Posted by Nanc

Here at TAGF, we know that some toys are indeed ‘good food’, but that others aren’t meant to be eaten or totally missed the flavor bus. But man can’t live on toys alone. So today, I post about food.

Oh sure, I’ve done this before: offer up tasty vittles that make you salivate all over your keyboard. Well get a bib already, ’cause I’m at it again.

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Feb 14

Heya, cupcake!

Posted by Nanc

There’s been a resurgence of cupcake love lately. (Or perhaps I’m slow on the times?) There are bakeries that specialize in cupcakes (none here – phooey), websites devoted to these wee lil’ cakes, and folks clamoring for a cake of their own. Even the NY Times. (It’s worth it to watch, listen, and salivate.) And I just went with the flow.

On this day of commercialism, I put a little bit of homemade sweetness back into the holiday. A recent discussion between gal-pals, and I decided to bake from-scratch, chocolate cupcakes. I found the recipe in The best of better baking cookbook and now have a great, new site to reference, ta’ boot.

I made mini ‘Cola Cupcakes’ with ‘Master Brownie Frosting’ from the book. But to add my own spin, I took the traditional Valentine box-of-chocolates idea and filled some with tasty morsels. Carmel, cherries, and cream – yum! I wanted to frost the mini-cakes in a similar manner, but that just didn’t work out. So they weren’t the purtiest, but they are tasty indeed.

I believe I like baking cupcakes. I believe that I will shower my friends with ‘cakes on many occasions. Watch out – I may have a cupcake for you!

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Feb 9

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Posted by Nanc

Happy 4703! Happy Chinese New Year!

There are a few reasons why I like this new year’s holiday better than the western version (Jan. 1). For one thing, the focus of the holiday seems based on nicer traditions. Sure I still drink and have fun, but I don’t usually drink-drink to get drunk-drunk crazy. And that seems to be expected or the norm for New Year’s Eve. Also, I think that there are too many holidays crammed into a small amount of time as it is. Relax a little, take a breather… better? Good, now celebrate again. See, ain’t that nice?

Of course, then there’s the fact that I like food. And I like Chinese food. (Although a fairly recent event that occurred only in my adult years.) Besides champagne, I can’t recall any tasty traditional foods that are savored on New Year’s Eve. Oh sure – corned beef and cabbage or black-eyed peas are some traditional foods for New Year Day. But those aren’t really tasty treats in our house. So give me Chinese New Year and a fork (or chopsticks), I’m ready!

Matty and I have had trouble in the past finding any restaurants that celebrate or have festivities for this event. So this year, we decided to just run a few errands and then dine at where ever looked good. But we lucked out. We stopped at the May Dragon, where we used to lunch when we both worked in that area. Oh, joy! They are totally celebrating Chinese New Year. And with the help of a local Tai Kwan Do center, the Lion Dance is performed. (Yeah, Shannen, we thought of you. And laughed.)

So if you haven’t celebrated yet and want an entertaining floor show along with dinner (but not in a dinner-and-theatre sort of way), swing by the May Dragon. I believe that the celebration and dancers continue on for a few more nights this week. (The Lion Dance is performed at 7:30 pm for one hour each night of the celebration.)

Go. Enjoy. Eat. And have a good New Year.

May 25

Peep Crispy Treats

Posted by Nanc

Lately, I’ve been on a Peeps® kick. I’m new to this snack item (nope, never had them before) and am amazed at the cult following these lil’ guys have. It’s not as straight forward as whether you like them or not; there’s a wide range of feelings about them.

Personally, I started simple (just ate one out of the package) and moved on to more complex methods of consumption and snackage. I plan to post a synopsis of my overall trial and tribulations with the Peeps, but for now let me tell you about the marshmallow and rice bars.

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Apr 7

Chicken Piccata

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Last night, I learned that it’s easy to get restaurant-quality chicken at home. And I’m not talkin’ about some MickyDee’s or KFC. I’m referring to some tasty, skillet-sautéd chicken breasts. In particular, an Italian dish called Chicken Piccata. Yum.

There’s not a lot of fancy ingredients, ‘cept capers (and they won’t break your budget). Preparing the chicken itself is easy and will work for a variety of dishes.

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Mar 25

Okay, so everyone probably has some generic, Tex-Mex casserole dish of some sort. They’re not fancy (ergo, ‘casserole’), but they are tasty. And they hold up well as leftovers.

That’s all this is. A record of my gringo-fied, Mexican-esq baked meal. Enjoy, mi amigos.

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