Cinnamon Ribbon Coffee Cake – Kinda Like Starbucks


My husband fancies himself a coffee cake connoisseur – he pretty much loves anything that involves cake, cinnamon, and no frosting.  Today I had plans to make cookies – but that process was vetoed in favor of my cinnamon ribbon coffee cake.  I had to dig around to find the recipe I’d altered and adjusted to our tastes, but finally found it and currently my house smells divine.

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Braised Chicken Thighs a la Emeril


This is an Emeril Lagasse recipe that I found awhile ago but never posted. I had to adjust and there are a few typos here and there – so I decided to repost here to get it fixed up – and have it ready for next time I want to make it!

I remember watching Emeril when Food Network first came on the air. He’s probably the first one I saw outside of PBS cooking shows and was the beginning of my love affair with food TV. Now I’m addicted to all of it, from Cooking Channel, PBS and Food Network to YouTube and Pinterest. The fact that I can make and serve a meal that is chef-quality and caliber makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!

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Easy Sesame Noodles


I have been wanting to try sesame noodles on meatless Monday for awhile.  This week seemed like as good a Monday as any so I put it on the menu.  I’m glad I planned ahead because my Sesame Oil was rancid and I had to pick up some new.  Tip: Oils and spices do have a shelf life, test yours often.

Hubby liked these, and he is not a soy sauce fan, so that’s as good of an endorsement as I can get around here.  I adapted this from a Pioneer Woman recipe – hers was WAYYYY too oily – makes me think there’s a typo somewhere – I actually used a spoon and skimmed out about 4 Tablespoons of oily stuff off the top of the sauce…then I added and adjusted to get just the right flavor.

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