Heidi's Book of Noms Blog at Allrecipes.com (5/2009)

Heidi's Book of Noms

 
May 30, 2009 8:08 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2009 9:13 am
I don't know how I'm functioning after last night's debauchery but long story short I got laid off, so that means more time to stalk this site and my fav food blogs! I think my cats sense that I'm distressed because they won't leave me alone. In fact I'm getting a head butt as I… MORE
 
 
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May 21, 2009 8:20 pm 
Updated: May 24, 2009 5:14 pm
Today was my two year anniv with the company so I made some cookies last night to celebrate. I only used two sticks of butter and got at least 80 cookies out of it all. I didn't modify the recipes too much, promise :DIt's funny how often I do this but I gave myself limits...they were:1. I… MORE
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May 19, 2009 6:41 am 
Updated: May 20, 2009 7:27 am
I've been so busy I haven't had time to write about anything food related, really. The whole get up early, work late, come home cook and clean, and pass out promptly routine. I don't foresee that changing any time soon.Tomorrow I'm baking cookies shaped in our company logo with blue M&Ms… MORE
 
 
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May 10, 2009 4:31 pm 
Updated: May 11, 2009 1:46 pm
I know I just posted recently but I have to share this bread recipe! It's got a great crust and its so soft its luxurious. I kinda made it up - now I know why my bread book has a whole chapter dedicated to "The Thrill of Discovery." Proofing 1 package active dry yeast 1/4 cup warm water… MORE
French Bread
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May 10, 2009 3:25 pm 
Updated: May 11, 2009 6:12 pm
My ancestors settled in the Texas Hill Country in Bosque county in the late 1800's. Fast forward 150 years; the family homestead has been bought, sold, carved up, shuffled around between relatives and then whomever would buy it. A few years ago my parents had the opportunity to buy up property… MORE
Winecup
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Texas Bluebonnet
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Young Indian Paintbrush
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Chicken Kabobs
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May 9, 2009 6:27 am 
Updated: May 13, 2009 10:23 pm
I've started having a problem lately on allrecipes where I get  what I call recipe overload. There are so many recipes, and so many of them have comments that recommend modifications. I don't mind this; to each his own, but it makes it really difficult to choose a recipe. My biggest… MORE
Crumbly lemon bars
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Stack of Lemon Bars
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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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Banana Loaf Cake II
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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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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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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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