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Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #70: Quiche, It’s What’s for Dinner (#homecooking #piecrust #quiche)

So, I made lemon meringue pie for my little brother’s birthday last week, and the curd came out really supercalifragilisticexpialidociously good (I used Meyer lemons), but the crust was…stupid. I … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · 3 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #69: Homemade Hamburger Buns (#homecooking #DIY #bread))

  Hey, all! It’s been a while, but I had to carve out some time to share the amazing hamburger buns I made the other day. I’ve been making sandwich … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #55: Ma’s Spaghetti in the Oven — Baked Spaghetti (#homecooking)

I know there have been a lot of food posts lately.  The thing is that I’m sick as a dog with a weird virus and I haven’t the energy for … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · 6 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #54: Potsticker Gyoza Pan Fried Dumplings (#homecooking)

How about that title? I love these things so much, I am rebooting my original post with more deliciousness.    Potstickers, Chinese Zhao Ji, Japanese Gyoza, Korean Mandu, and Peking … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #53: Ninety Minute Rise Dinner Rolls (#homecooking)

Fresh baked bread. It even makes my husband quietly go “mmm,” and he’s not an easy person to please with food.  I’m lucky to get a “meh.” Here is the … Continue reading

December 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #51: No Fail (American) Biscuits (#homecooking)

Ever wanted an impossibly high, flaky, biscuit to come right out of your oven?  Want one recipe that can be quick and rustic or really fancy for the holidays?    I … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 4 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #31: Mint Chocolate #Cookies (Kid Friendly)

I heard through the force that my readers desired more delicious posts rather than that other non-edible blithering.   Today, I have for you a recipe written on notepad paper … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 9 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #27: Chocolate Covered English Toffee Bars

I’ve made these English Toffee Bars previously for my husband’s 42nd birthday to go along with the Best Chocolate Ganache Cake Ever.     At the time, there was a small incident … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 11 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #24: Best Peanut Butter Cookies (Bakery Style)

It is quite possible that my husband might sell me for a bag of peanut butter cookies one day.     I’m a Chocolate Chip Cookie or Chocolate Mint Cookie lady myself, … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 11 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #17: One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes (Kid Friendly)

Around here, my sous chefs can make things quite challenging.    Ingredients can get omitted and over mixing is a strong possibility, so one bowl recipes where things can be dumped … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #12: Jag (Jagacida – Cape Verdean Bean and Rice)

I’ve got something special to share today.  Jag.   That’s all I ever heard it called when I was growing up, but apparently it is really called “Jagacida” which is simply … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 7 Comments

Diary of on Inconsistent Cook# 11: Super Easy Homemade Cheese Crackers (Goldfish Style))

I’ve had this recipe sitting in limbo since April of last year just around the end of the Chickenpoxalypse 2014.   I had always intended to come back and finish to … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #8: Once You Go Rack, You’ll Never Go Back (Hassle Free Oven Baked Bacon)

Bacon and I have not always gotten along.   In the spring of 1999 I was living in my first third-floor attic apartment which had an electric stove, and my entire … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #7: Homemade English Muffins

For whatever reason, my bread baking attempts usually turn out miraculously well even if I’ve never done it before.   That’s not to say that they always come out perfect, but … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #6: Rainbow Cake and Cupcakes for a Fifth Birthday My Little Pony Party

I was debating whether or not I should put this one under the category “Mad Craft”, but some online friends reminded me about the Pinata Mad Craft that I drove … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #3: Apple Cinnamon Muffins Kid Style

I’ve made many muffins over the years, both terribly delicious and terribly awful. Throw in “help” of the small variety and things get really complicated. I needed to find a … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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