Monthly Archives: January 2011

>Homemade Cacao Bliss

> I’ve lately found a new obsession: Artisana Cacao Bliss. If you’ve never had it, let me explain. It is a delicious, rich, chocolate butter that has the texture of frosting. Quite a decadent dessert topping…it’s in the running for … Continue reading

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>Redheads (Pumpkin Blondies)

> If you keep up with my posts, you know that I recently made blondies. Until now, I was resigned to the fact that blondies are indeed one of the most unhealthy baked goods around, with a stick of butter … Continue reading

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>La vielle dame et les pigeons

>Since I was talking about Sylvain Chomet the other day, I thought of this piece. It’s not my favorite, and sometimes very slow (at a mere 22 minutes), but very French, and worth watching for the awful Americans if nothing … Continue reading

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  Animation, when done well, is my favorite form of film entertainment. I love that there are no real limits — a castles can fly, a candlestick can talk, and pandas can cook noodles! A few years ago, I saw … Continue reading

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>Quiche…the answer to leftovers

> I know that we all have leftovers that go over, or vegetables that have had a few too many days of hanging out in the fridge and are now less than stellar. Now, don’t get me wrong – I … Continue reading

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>Au Revoir Bistro

>Hillcrest has its very own French restaurant! Sorry, I can barely contain my joy. 🙂 Au Revoir, owned by the same family that operates the Arrivederci restaurants, is hidden in a small corner of Hillcrest, just down the street from … Continue reading

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>Banana-Pecan Oatmeal Squares

> So remember the banana-cranberry butter that I made the other day? Here is a fabulous way to use it! These squares are mind-blowingly good, and although there are a lot of steps, they are pretty easy. These would be … Continue reading

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>Starbucks’ New logo, and now this?

> So have any of you heard about the newer, bigger Trenta size that Starbucks is now offering in select locations, to go nationwide in May?  The new size is supposed to be 11 oz. bigger than the Venti — … Continue reading

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> I’m not sure if it’s a secret or not, but one of my favorite outings is going to karaoke. The bigger the crowd, the better! In fact, one of the most fun evenings that I’ve ever had was singing … Continue reading

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>Banana-Cranberry Butter

> I’m beginning to have a problem. I’m becoming obsessed with fruit butters. The idea of cooking down fruit into a delicious, sweet, low-calorie way to add flavor is very appealing. Unfortunately, fruit butters seem to be more of an … Continue reading

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