Without a Stout

Green. A symbol of envy as well as inexperience. Both apply when assessing my cupcake skills, so it makes sense that a raucous holiday rich with clover colored elements would act as a Merrily Baked cupcake moment. A bottle of Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout has been floating around the back of the fridge…

Presenting, The Almond Butters

Friends, I was born a blondie fan. Tryin’ to bake some blondies, and doin’ the best I can. And when it’s time for eatin’, I hope you’ll understand, that I was born a blondie fan. Forgive the musical parody. Just swirl up these Almond Butter Blondies. It is worth it! 1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Room…

Oat Couture

Take advantage of one truly great aspect of cookies by tailor making them based on preference or curiosity. A great base for oatmeal cookies can be transformed by the addition of raisins, white chocolate chips, apricots (Ooo that would be good!), a swirl of peanut butter, or any possible combination that is limited only by…

Tunatural Use of Dressing

Neglected bottles and jars of various levels of fullness lurk in the crevices, studding the door of the fridge and hiding behind leftovers. Store-bought salad dressing. When it comes to salad, I generally take an oil and vinegar approach; however, the fridge at Blue House always houses ranch, along with random salad dressings that made…

Spagready!

I enjoy trips to the grocery store. Though I am susceptible to impulse buying and sometimes I might spend a little too much during a visit – it was on sale and you gotta spend money to save money! – it is generally an overall fun and relaxing experience. That said. Sometimes on a Sunday…

Shandy is Dandy

Force your company on an out of town friend, but always come bearing gifts. Baked goods are a must if that skill is at hand (in this case brownies). Flowers never fail. And beer. Period. These three create the holy trinity of gift giving delights to flatter your host or hostess into always letting you return (despite…

Beer Boiled Penders

If anyone ever gifts you a 50 lb. bag of green peanuts hauled back from the great state of Alabama (thanks mom!), do not deny this gift and do not fear it. Brazenly accept these raw legumes. Set some aside to boil immediately, then embark on the slightly tedious task of dividing the rest up…

Rum Away with Me – Pineapple Coconut RuMuffins

Two golden pineapples purchased at the peak of ripeness. They  ventured to another city, carefully nestled in their own travel bag. Set on a foreign counter, they relaxed, observing the silly goings-on of a weekend vacation between friends, making it all the way to the end of the trip without being moved from their counter…

Rainbow on a Platter

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Standard sweet potato fries get a violet twist with the addition of a Japanese sweet potato. The mauve exterior and pale buttery flesh pair up beautifully with the rust orange of the traditional sweet potato we see so frequently in the south. The nuances in flavor and texture make this combination of warm…

Panini by Numbers

Similar to so many conveniences in our lives – drive-thrus , the internet, individual sized ANYTHING – possessing a Panini maker is not vital to our survival. However. Having one in your possession, experiencing the evenly melted cheese completely warmed through in between bread with perfectly pressed grill marks, is life changing… or just meal…

You Can Dough Your Own Way

Pizza dough is edible canvas in its purest form. My big sister graciously passed along this simple Classic Pizza Dough recipe! It inspired me to attempt a switch up of ingredients involving honey and whole wheat flour. Both crusts are pleasantly thin and chewy, sans sogginess, and with a crisp edge. Neither is superior, as each…

Let’s Curry

Treat yourself to a midweek meal that will give you the best food hangover of your life. This curry is irresistible heartburn in a bowl that delivers a delectable creamy spice to overpower your senses in the best way possible. Totally worth it. Keep the apple cider vinegar ready. Red Curry Paste, Mae Ploy is…