Mominy’s Baking World

Baking and the crumbs that go with it…

Truly a Boston Song June 6, 2008

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“It’s been such a long time” since I made a post. Sorry folks – if you know me at all, then you know I’ve been baking- just not posting. And besides a few recipes here and there, I’ve not been too creative. I’ve cranked out biscuits, chocolate chip cookies and some cupcakes, but nothing earth shattering.

One set of cupcakes recently turned my frown upside down, but not sure my co-workers were so impressed. Who cares! I thought they were tasty. I found some cherry icing at the store and used regular yellow cake batter. I decorated 1/2 the cakes with Twizzler bites and the others with slivered almonds. It was a striking presentation. Unfortunately I took the remainders to class and left them in the trunk – in GA – in an unusually warm Spring. So, it was a cherry pool with some cake mixed in.

BUT – I treated myself and bought a book shaped like and dedicated to fancy cupcakes. That night, D bought me the Cookie Bible! Me-Oh-My there will be a creativity revival – hallelujah!!!

Last night I made classic peanut butter cookies for D, but for a twist, I added mini bitter-sweet chocolate chips. Just the right combination, just the right size and taken from the oven a minute early to keep them moist. The co-workers dug these much more than the cupcakes!

 

Fiesta – OlĂ© !! April 14, 2008

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Mom retired – FINALLY!! So to celebrate, my brother, mom’s best friend Lynnedelle, and I threw a fiesta and invited her friends to a yummy party! The menu was incredible…and I contributed zero!

TJ:
Fish tacos (outta this world)
Seasoned chicken and beef

Lynne:
The Party Place
Dip
All the fixin’s
Drinks

Me:
Bought cake (Hey – there were like 30 people!)
Wine – essential. PS: it took my kindergarten teacher sister-in-law to figure out the bottle opener

Denise:
Guacamole
The best enchiladas north of the border

Everyone else:
FUN!

Boy it was a great time. And it was awesome to see my friend Brian.

 

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies March 30, 2008

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Oh my – when I want something quick, easy, chocolatey and just perfect, I make these.

1 stick butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp powdered unsweetened cocoa
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
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In a heavy sauce pan, melt butter, sugar, milk, peanut butter and cocoa.
Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour into a bowl with oatmeal.
Stir and drop by tablespoonful onto waxed paper.
Place into freezer to cool quickly, or allow to set for 30 minutes.

 

Almond Cookie Bliss

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I bought some Publix butter the other day. It had a recipe for easy-breezy Almond Butter Cookies. Said to frost them, but I’m just saying they were perfect without it.

Here’s the recipe:

3/4 butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat butter and sugar until creamy.
Add egg and almond and beat until creamy.
Gradually add flour until combined.
Roll into 1″ balls and place onto cookie sheet – about 2″ apart.
Dip flat-bottomed glass into sugar and press cookies flat.
Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown.
Cool completely.

Makes 3 dozen

 

Happy Birthday Korra!

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My niece turned 12 (yep, counting the seconds until teenagerhood) on March 21. We had a brunchfest for her celebration this morning, which was spontaneous…but it turned out super yummy!

The Ultimate Chef (my bro) made a carnivore’s feast – bacon AND sausage, with crazy-good eggs and the best coffee known to man (D&D, none other). Mom brought hashbrown casserole which had sour cream I believe…it too was marvelous. I think my dad actually had to help because as it turns out, my mom may have broken her arm – again. What did I make? Well, biscuits of course! With Jelly, Jam and BUTTER!

I got to meat (I mean meet) some of my peachy sister-in-law’s family whom I’d never seen. Nice, energetic brothers who were taking my brother for golf (yawn).

All in all, GREAT party. Thanks for having a birthday, Korra!!! Love you!

 

Cheese March 17, 2008

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If you know me at all, my second favorite food behind baked goods is cheese. I do love me some cheese – and I’m not too picky. Well, as long as it’s not a processed cheese product. Gross.

Anywho, a friend lent a book to me that is all about cheese. And yes, it does say “cut the cheese” in the section on choosing a correct knife. Well, after reading the book, I was inspired to make a Caprese Salad. Traditionally, it has mozzarella, plum tomatoes, basil leaves and olive oil. I make one similar, but employ the unorthodox recipe which removes the oil and adds balsamic vinegar. My brother will not like that part, but I think it brings out the twang in the tomatoes, and enhances the basil.

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The salad I made last night had one roma tomato cut in half and sliced, thin slices of fresh mozzarella, basil to taste and a sprinkling of vinegar. For fun, I added cucumbers which gave it an early summery feel. I casually threw this into a bowl, tossed and enjoyed completely!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

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Did anyone say GREEN? In celebration of this fine O’Holiday, I made my famous Lemon Shortbread (see recipe previous), but used a LIME instead. I also tinted them greenish and dressed them with powdered sugar. Very tangy with a huge burst of limey (wait isn’t that a UK word) flavor and a sweet kick at the end. Yum.