Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits ii

In a perfect world, every day would be Sunday.

There would be bottomless cups of strong brewed coffee and mellow conversation, but only after the first cup of coffee. It’s a perfect world, not insanity.

There would be no need for alarm clocks or alarm apps on our phones.

Our wardrobe choice would be pajamas or pajamas, and they would truly be one-size-fits-all, and made of the most comfortable yet stylish material.

And no one would look the least bit fat, no matter how much bacon we ate;
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Asian Turkey Noodle Soup with Bok Choy

asian turkey noodle

It is no coincidence that the first three letters in the word ‘diet’ are:

D – I – E

Because after a few days of restricted calories I feel like knocking at death’s door.

I’m done. You can suck it, fad diets. From this day forward, I will not be juicing my meals; I prefer to chew my food, not sip a smoothie that tastes like freshly mowed lawn;
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Wishing You Merriment and Joy

gingerbread

I made three dozen gingerbread cookies. It took me four hours plus another hour to clean up the flour that graced my kitchen like a new fallen snow. Thank goodness for white cabinets.

Before the royal icing could even dry, the cookies were history. Two teenagers. One husband. Less than ten minutes. Did they even taste them?!

Too bad. I was planning on leaving them for Santa in a last ditch effort to get us off the naughty list.

We are so screwed.

As 2015 comes to an end, I would like to say thank you for allowing me the pleasure of sharing my recipes and crazy little life with you. Peace and love, my friends. See you next year!
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Almond Brioche Toast/Bostock

almond brioche toast

Last Sunday I stood in front of an open refrigerator with a bowl of dry cereal wondering why the gallon of milk, just bought yesterday, was returned to the fridge……empty.

I’ve raised a bunch of heathens.

I dumped the cereal into a cup of yogurt and called it granola; no wonder I am uneasy about hosting a pre-holiday brunch this weekend. I have a game plan. I am making much of our brunch ahead of time and strategically hiding it in sealed containers mislabeled with tags like broccoli salad, kale surprise, and hummus wraps.
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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

ginger molasses cookies

Christmas without gingerbread is like a birthday without cake……sad.

Every year I envision myself baking an edible masterpiece with nothing more than heavily spiced cookie dough and royal icing, and every year my grand scheme is thwarted by Father Time;

And going into the holiday season, it doesn’t matter how organized I think I am, I always end up in a yuletide panic right about now. My house looks like the aftermath of a tsunami and if anyone would happen to stop by, I would just die,

Or swear that our home was burglarized, and I’m really not sure what they were looking for, but nothing was taken.
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Sweet Potato Hash Browns

sweet potato hashbrowns

Less is more, my mother would say, as the teenage me was learning to apply makeup. Of course, like most teenagers, I didn’t listen, which explains those cringe worthy photos of me looking more like Dame Edna than my sixteen year old self.

As an adult, I learned to embrace simplicity in everyday life, even when it comes to food. This is why you won’t see my sweet potatoes piled high with gooey toasted marshmallows or a pecan streusel topping.
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Challah Dinner Rolls

Challah Rolls

It has been twelve years since my mother handed over the tradition of hosting Thanksgiving dinner to me. It happened at the same time that she bequeathed my brother and sister-in-law the honor of hosting Christmas Eve.

My sister got the shaft on any official holiday hosting because she is a vegetarian. There is nothing wrong or unappetizing about vegetarian cuisine but she is not the Frito eating, french fry loving, Oreo cookie type of vegetarian; she is the highest order of health nut vegetarian. This is fine for 363 days of the year but not so much for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. No one can truly appreciate a main course of lentil loaf with a side of toasted quinoa salad on the holiday table.
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