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Browned Butter Butterscotch Cookies

2014 September 10
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I guess I was always excited when someone I knew was pregnant.  What’s not to be excited about?  Babies are special – innocent, honest, adorable.  But never, ever have been as excited about a woman getting pregnant as I am now, after having given birth to my own baby.

I just can’t hold myself back.  There are no words for the swelling of your heart that happens when you experience your new baby.  I get filled with warmth and love when I hear of a new pregnancy because there truly is nothing like being a parent.  It’s like Christmas (or insert gift-giving holiday) every single day.  The end of the workday never seemed so far and Friday afternoons never meant so much as they do now that I have a little one to rush home and snuggle with before he’s off to bed at 6:30pm.  I can only hope that medical miracles and insurance reform will soon make it possible for anyone who wants to have a child to have this opportunity.

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This blog post is in celebration of baby Shea.  Prevention RD‘s Nicole and her husband Mr. P are expecting a bouncing baby girl very soon and Kim at Feed Me, Seymour is hosting a virtual shower in celebration of Baby Shea.  If I were attending this shower in person, I’d bring these rich cookies: Browned Butter Butterscotch cookies.  They are chewy, sweet, and rich.  I promise, you can only have one.

Congratulations, Nicole and Mr. P!  Being parents is the best thing ever.

 

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Sopa de Pollo

2014 August 1

I adore going out to eat Mexican food.  My husband, on the other hand, does not.  For the majority of our relationship he would flat out refuse.  His excuse is that I make good enough knock-off Latin food at home.  Drives me up a wall!

The Spanish teacher where I teach high school turned me onto Sopa de Pollo at a local Mexican restaurant.  This girl has traveled all over the world to many Spanish-speaking countries so if she endorses the meal I know it is good.

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Finally, with my insistence, I was able to get my husband to try this soup.  And he became obsessed.  He started asking to go to the Mexican restaurant on his own initiative.  He began ordered other things on the menu (but always ordering a to-go container of this soup as well).  He began to LOVE Mexican food.

And then I ruined it.  I ruined it by making a delicious version of Sopa de Pollo here at home.  It is so delicious and so fresh and now he has no desire to go out to eat Mexican anymore.  This soup is the best thing on a cool fall evening or warm summer night.  It is hearty and fresh.  Filling and light.  PERFECT.

 

Plum Crisp

2014 July 22
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I did a weird thing the other day.  I was given a bunch of plums and instead of immediately stalking my favorite blogs for recipes I whipped out a cookbook.  Specifically, I started browsing Betty Crocker’s “New Cookbook” which is far from new and up to date.  It had not one recipe for plums or crisps but I adapted heavily a recipe written for peach cobbler to make this delicious dessert.

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Not only did I change the fruits and types of fats out (peaches and plums are similar enough, right?) but I also added oats in place of extra flour in the topping.  Brief research indicates that this difference makes the pivotal change that causes the dessert to be a crisp and not a cobbler.

The result, regardless of the name, was mighty delicious.  The deep purple plums made for quite a striking dessert to look at as well.