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Cream Cheese Icing Frosting

Cream Cheese Icing and How to Pipe with Ziploc Bag

To finish my previous post on Red Velvet Cupcakes, here are instructions for making standard cream cheese icing.  I’ve also included some instructions about how to pipe icing onto the cupcakes using a Ziploc bag. Cream Cheese Icing ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 2 packages (8 ounces, each) cream cheese, softened 4 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 […]

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Admittedly Modern Red Velvet Cupcakes

Admittedly Modern Red Velvet Cupcakes

One of my favorite things about cooking is sharing recipes.  I love to hear that people out there in the world use my recipes to feed their families, celebrate birthdays, welcome neighbors, and entertain friends.  Even though it’s a small thing, just knowing that a recipe was useful to another human being makes my life […]

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Easiest Recipe EVER for Bourbon Pecan Pie

Easiest Recipe EVER for Bourbon Pecan Pie

Did you read Amelia Bedelia books when you were young?  I did, and loved them dearly.  I still laugh when I think about how she “dressed the chicken” (in clothing), “dusted the furniture” (with dusting powder) and “drew the drapes” (on her sketchpad).  All of this, of course, to the horror of her employers, Mr. […]

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How to Make an All-Butter Pie Crust

How to Make an All-Butter Pie Crust

The first thing my mom taught me to make was a homemade all-butter pie crust. When she first learned to make a crust, she used the tines of a fork to combine the flour, salt, sugar and butter. Later, following the advice of Julia Child, she upgraded to electric beaters, and that’s what she taught […]

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My Mom's Luscious Key Lime Pie

My Mom’s Luscious Key Lime Pie

Yesterday was so much fun!  I taught a cooking class at Lake Austin Spa, which is one of my absolute favorite places to teach.  The kitchen is huge and gorgeous, and there is an entire wall of windows that looks out over the water.  It’s cathartic just to be there. Plus, they have some pretty […]

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Food for the Fourth

Food for the Fourth

Hope y’all had a happy Fourth of July!  We sure did!  Between the three of us, I think we ate a total of five hamburgers, participated in one parade, purchased two t-shirts, sang one national anthem, and swam in four pools … which is about as patriotic as we could get, in light of the […]

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Go-To Chocolate Tart

Go-To Chocolate Tart

I’m raising a toddler.  Everyday—indeed, every moment—is an opportunity to teach him something new about the world.  Although I’m still quite new at this, I think my goal as his mom is for him to be prepared for whatever he encounters in life. When he makes the team or doesn’t.  When he falls in love.  […]

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Rustic Fruit Tart Made with Texas Peaches

Rustic Fruit Tart Made with Texas Peaches

If there’s one thing I love about summer in Texas, it’s peaches.  Although my mom and I used to make a trip to Frederiksburg to enjoy the first crop, the best I can do these days is stop by one of the little road-side stands a few minutes from my house.  Even at the stands, […]

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