Sometimes, cheaters DO win…

Chipotle Cilantro Lime RiceI love to cook, and I’ll tackle a difficult recipe without blinking. But for whatever reason, I can’t whip up a batch of rice worthy of company. I don’t own a rice cooker -- though I’m told that if I did, my rice-failures would be behind me. But I don’t need or want another appliance -- especially one so “specialized.” Anyway, I figure it would be “cheating.”Then my sister introduced me to an alternative. Continue Reading →

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas…

coffee cake recipe closeupI don't remember a Christmas morning without one of these Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cakes baking while we opened our gifts.  With two older brothers, it was pretty much devoured within minutes of coming out of the oven.  Several years ago, I started making these for a few neighborhood friends.  Since a recipe makes 4 cakes, I'd double it to ensure that Husband and I had 2 left for ourselves -- one for Christmas morning, and one for New Year's morning. Continue Reading →