Just in time for the holidays – Simple pear tart

I disappeared again, it seems, but I didn’t disappear too far.  However, the holidays will drag me back into the spotlight.  Thanksgiving meant a lot of food was made to be eaten, and as usual, I tend to be in charge of desserts.  Now in my family, there are several people with diabetes and other…

Am I bananas or what? – Banana chocolate chip cookies

First off, I’m not dead or disappeared or buried in concrete somewhere.  I had a change of physical address — the Roommate and I have temporarily taken up residence with my sister and aunt in Taylor while we find jobs (the Roommate found a job already, and I have an interview on Friday for a…

Spice is the life: Chai spice cake with cream cheese frosting

My sister’s birthday was September 4th, and because of the job I’m working at the moment, I don’t have days during the week off.  So the trick was getting her to come down to my place over the weekend, which she did, so that I could give presents and make her a cake.  Now Kathy…

Have another cherry: Cherry-cream cheese turnovers

My roommate has spent the years that I’ve known her vehemently protesting eating cherries because they “tasted like medicine.”  I had to constantly tell her that only cherry medicine tasted like medicine, but she would not be swayed.  About a year ago, I had her try a real cherry, and she was very surprised to find out…

Burns’ Night Feast: Chicken and Mushroom Pie, Kailkenny and Blueberry Tart

Tonight was a first.  After years of somewhat obsessing about the poet Robert Burns because of a Torchwood PBEM roleplaying game, I finally pulled out the stops (for a poor graduate student living at home with her roommate, dog and roommate’s cat) and cooked my first Burns’ Night dinner.  Now, I know that the traditional Burns’…

Sweets and spicy: Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Autumn arrives, and we all do it.  We all get into the mood for crisp days and evenings and for our homes to smell like cinnamon from all the baking we want to do.  Well, here’s a recipe that takes chocolate chip cookies and spices them up for autumn. INGREDIENTS 2 c. flour 1 tsp…

Restaurant Review: Black’s Barbecue, Lockhart, Texas

Friday, September 23, 2011.  The Roommate and I went out to the cemetery near by to put autumn flowers (and an apple for Mabon) out at my brother Robert’s grave.   After we were done, we were pulling back out on to the highway and we both looked at the road sign that said Lockhart…