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Heidi's Book of Noms

 
May 7, 2009 8:00 am 
Updated: May 7, 2009 2:09 pm
Fortune favors the curious! I love to experiment in the kitchen and try new recipes; sometimes that works out very well, sometimes not. But you definitely have to be paying attention to glean something worthwhile out of a flop or in this case, a meh.I had 5 old bananas (see previous post) that… MORE
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Cocoa Banana Bars
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May 5, 2009 7:22 am 
Updated: May 9, 2009 9:42 pm
I have 5 extremely ripe bananas waiting to be mashed and baked into something delicious. But I have a dilemma...which recipe to use!?Frosted Banana Bars (2 bananas, 1 hour)Banana Nut Bread (2 bananas; a family recipe for a sweet yeast bread that takes 3 1/2 hours)Peanut Butter and Banana Dog… MORE
 
 
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TGIF! 
 
May 1, 2009 7:55 am 
Updated: May 1, 2009 12:39 pm
I've been in the kitchen a lot, lately, but I've also been really busy so I haven't had as much time to blog about it. I kind of wonder why people think of cooking as a chore, or something to skimp or cut corners on. Cooking to me is stimulating and relaxing. It keeps me moving around and… MORE
 
 
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Uh oh 
 
Apr. 29, 2009 9:00 pm 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2009 4:20 am
I just realized I was looking up recipes in Spanish.I'm not sure if I feel like an improved cook or an addicted cook...but eet's making me huuuuungry. MORE
 
 
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Apr. 28, 2009 9:15 pm 
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011 2:58 pm
I am on a quest. I want to find the perfect empanada. During my research I've found several varieties for empanada dough (that's all that matters, really, you can fill it with anything you want). This all started during the Easter holiday when I was rummaging around my mom's recipe… MORE
Pumpkin Empanada
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Pumpkin Empanada
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Pan-fried Pumpkin Bannock
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Apr. 27, 2009 7:03 am 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2009 5:01 am
Why does everyone like cream cheese frostings so much? I started wondering about this when I made carrot cakes earlier this month, and then again last week when I made the Clone of a Cinnabon. They are way too rich, for one, but also they've got a strange taste to them. But everyone seems to… MORE
Clone of a Cinnabon
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Apr. 23, 2009 12:24 am 
Updated: Apr. 23, 2009 3:06 pm
Where was I? Oh yes. Quite a few cooking experiments for me over the past few days! Some turned out better than others. I had only one painful experience which some might call a “flop.” Well most would call a flop...especially if you’re picky. For me it was a learning experience.   On… MORE
Carrot Soup with Croutons
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Carrot Soup with Croutons
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Wheat Cracker Flour
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Apr. 20, 2009 9:11 pm 
Updated: Apr. 22, 2009 4:21 am
On nights when I know I'll be eating alone I feel like the kitchen is my girl-cave. No one to rush dinner for, no one to turn their nose up at an ingredient that they will eat but prefer to not eat or push around out of the way, no one to be polite when it turns out bad or meh...These kinds of… MORE
 
 
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Apr. 15, 2009 7:25 pm 
Updated: Apr. 16, 2009 1:34 pm
Another beautiful morning in Austin, a morning that said to me "Get in that kitchen and make some biscuits!" Today I'm going to use my standard Betty Crocker biscuit recipe. I almost feel bad for not trying a new recipe, but there's something to be said for warm, soft dusty buttermilk biscuits… MORE
Cutting Shortening into Flour for Biscuits
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Buttermilk Biscuits
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Apr. 11, 2009 8:07 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2009 7:27 pm
The Hot Cross Buns were the highlight of my day today - mostly because it was the one thing I managed to not botch completely...key word here completely. I am no longer allowed to "help" after unsoftening the butter for the German Chocolate Cake (oops...thought a lazy younger brother forgot to… MORE
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MOAR BUNS PLZ
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Heidi

Home Town
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Living In
Lima, Ohio, USA

Member Since
May 2007

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy

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About Me
I enjoy trying new recipes and unusual ingredients. There are few foods I will turn down without a second thought - sweets is one of them, and fiery hot spicy food is the other. As I'm getting older that is changing, though. I love reading cook books and doing research about food. It fascinates to no end! I usually create a recipe from several different ones. On the non-cooking side of things, I'm a Christian, native Texan and faithful Longhorn with two cats and a great boyfriend! I love the outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I'm also somewhat obsessed with the nuclear winter and extreme survival situations.
My favorite things to cook
In general I try to cook from scratch. Any kind of bread - rolls, loaves, boules, baguettes, buns, biscuits, quick breads - will catch my eye. Pastas, soups, and cookies. I am absolutely in love with cake batter. Once I had a party in middle school where we just made a bunch of cakes and ate the batter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/waldorf salad/mashed potatoes with gravy by my mom, buttermilk biscuits on Sunday morning before church from my Dad, grilling hamburgers in the summer in the backyard, black eyed peas for new years dinner, decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve with my sister, coffee any time of the night.
My cooking triumphs
I can rival my dad in his biscuit making ability. I have the perfect dinner roll recipe - my very own. I taught myself how to make jam and jelly. I taught myself how to make bread!
My cooking tragedies
dense as a stone wheat bread, homemade condensed milk tastes weird key lime pie, onions and sugar have no place hanging out together in mashed sweet potato, there's nothing puffy about my lemon meringue, and the bottom of the fish tank poached salmon.
 
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