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You! You there! Cake or death?? 
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 approve of the frosting. The cinnabons went over really good although lots of jokes about clogged arteries, heart attacks, and so on circulated around the office.

I had fun making the rolls but I'm going to do a few things differently next time. I want to make them thinner - these things are huge. I'm also going to try a different frosting. What I really want to make though are the homemade sweet rolls, the old fashioned kind served for breakfast. Does anyone know of a good recipe for that?

Over the weekend I went to Galveston for a family trip so that meant a lot of eating. I forgot how much I love fresh gulf shrimp cocktail! Evil creme almond poppyseed cakes were lurking around. So much BBQ. I'm surprised I felt it in me to cook last night.

One thing I absolutely love are beets. I've been making "pickled beets" from a recipe on Last night I actually tried to make beet greens, and they turned out pretty good! I think one day I might also try a beet cake. Unfortunately, no one I know likes beets, so I don't make them often and I have to like it enough to eat it all.

I also tried my hand at Empanadas, a Mexican pastry that I got hooked on in high school. The Empanadas I grew up with were soft, floury, like a dark sweet tortilla...usually filled with pumpkin. I didn't quite get that. Mine are more like mini pumpkin pies. I found recipe typed on an old post card I found in the back of our recipe box. It was really difficult to know which recipe to use since there are so many ethnic variations on it. I'll experiment some more. To be honest that crust I got is fantastic for pies, I may try to make one with it soon.
Clone of a Cinnabon
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Clone of a Cinnabon
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Clone of a Cinnabon
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Pumpkin Empanada
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Apr. 27, 2009 7:10 am
I'm one of the last people on earth to have not tried a cinnabon before. And gotta say, I'm one of the cream cheese frosting fans, but only on certain cakes. Definitely on carrot cake, not so much on chocolate. I think it does taste weird if the cream cheese flavour is too prevalent. I prefer it more subtle, but that usually means adding more sugar. Ugh. The empanada looks good!
Apr. 27, 2009 7:37 am
Looks so yummy!!
Apr. 27, 2009 8:08 am
mmmmm....Cinabons!! I agree on the crean cheese frosting, it can be a bit too...well....cheesey. If you come up with a great alternative I would love to hear from you, post your "Invention" in my current blog (whenever you do it!!) and I will surely find it ')
Apr. 27, 2009 10:56 am
Hey Heidi, glad to hear your cinnabons turned out good.
Apr. 28, 2009 7:52 am
I love cream cheese frosting..but only on certain things. Cinnamon rolls of course, carrot cake, red velvet, or at least any fruit/nut combo cake, no chocolate though. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have read and just quickly viewed the famous Clone recipe, but haven't made them yet. Yours came out really nice. Since you mentioned pickled beets, I have to say I love beets too! I love pickled eggs w/ beets also, and I just made a big jar for Easter. Never attempted the greens though, I guess that's on mylist now too (:
Apr. 29, 2009 5:01 am
Just like everything else you do, your photos are amazingly gorgeous! I'm the only one in my family that will eat beets and I adore them! Holler when you locate some recipes other than for pickled beets and I'll come running. Okay, limping!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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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