Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tea Cakes! A Treat from Ms. Alice’s Wonderland

After mentioning Ms. Alice having made tea cakes, I ventured into some old cookbooks at my house to find the recipe that one of my family members had submited.

My cousin Julie is actually the one who submitted this recipe into the cookbook, which she made for her grandmother. It’s called, What’s Cookin’ with recipes coming from her grandmother, family, and friends.

What you need:

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of buttermilk

What you do:

  • Mix all ingredients and roll batter out. Cut into cookie shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350º until done.

Isn’t that great? We used to eat these at Ms. Alice’s house all the time when I was a kid.




Posted by on January 31, 2011 in food, postaday2011


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A List of Things to Do Each Day: Beaux’s Way of Thinking

I actually wrote this list, and though it isn’t about food, it is inspirational and will likely be helpful to someone reading it.

1. Listen to music you like, when you first get up in the morning, and before you go to bed. Seek out and listen to at least one song you’ve never heard before.

2. Write a short story, even if it’s only a single page long.

3. Draw. Anything. Seriously.

4. Exercise! Your body wants it.

5. Pray and meditate. Your soul wants it!

6. Free-think. Allow random patterns and connections to form in your mind, and then gently nudge them to create novel, arbitrary ones.

7. Matrixing. Throw your senses into some random object, and isolate the senses, one by one. See the blueness of something. See the squareness of something.

8. Create something. It needn’t be a masterpiece- just a creation!

9. Learn a new word in your native language- and use it.

10. Study a foreign language.

11. Cook something, even if it’s a frozen pizza, and add your own ingredients to the pre-made food. This tends to make it healthier, and you’ll enjoy it more.

12. Not a holiday but feel like celebrating? Invent your own holiday, name it, give it a theme, and start partying. Don’t think too hard about it- just find something to be happy about and go with it!



Posted by on January 30, 2011 in food


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The Exaggerated Misadventure of Mutated Lemon Bars: A Disaster Story

We’ve been planning on making lemon bars for a few weeks now. In an effort to redeem the failed cream cheese poundcake, Gigi decided to make another one in addition to lemon bars.

However, in the middle of the night, an evil ninja from a rivaling tribe sneaked into our home and rewrote the lemon bar recipe.

Gigi, in her innocence, followed the recipe.

But the ninja’s alterations were devious and non-delightful.

So when Gigi saw me approaching when the lemon bars were finished, she flailed her arms at me, screaming, “Stay back, STAY BACK! Run away! Save yourself!”

The inner mule-headedness pushed me onwards, and I saw the lemon bars, semi-innocently sitting on the island with their powdered sugar enticement beckoning me.

The first thing I noticed is that they did not resemble lemon bars in the slightest.

The second thing I noticed is there was no smell of lemon bars.

I tempted the fates by tasting one.

But that was the trick- the lemon bars were so-called in order to trick me into experiencing the disgusting abomination of slightly sweetened baked eggy doom taste in my mouth.

I repeated this process three times to make sure I hadn’t just picked up a bad lemon bar.

Nope. The same thing happened each time- a burst of pure awful taste, a swift and effective penance imposed by God Himself to purge me of any wrongdoing in the past decade of my life.

In that moment, I decided vengeance was the path I would follow.

So, hear this, O lemon bar ninja from a rival tribe: I will hunt you down, and I will destroy you by making you taste my lemon bars, which will be so good that the amount of happiness coursing through you body will cause you to spontaneously combust in a moment of sheer rapture- and then God can sort you out from there.



Posted by on January 30, 2011 in desserts, disasters, food, postaday2011


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Maw-Maw’s Salmon Patties

Caleb’s mom wanted salmon patties last night, so Maw-Maw went to making them.

What you need:

  • 1 can of salmon
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 scoops (1 1/2 cups or so) of corn meal
  • oil for frying

What you do:

  • Mix together salmon, water, and corn meal.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet.
  • Make the salmon into patties, setting them into the oil.
  • Check patties to see if bottom is browned, then flip over to brown the other side.
  • Allow the patties to dry on a paper towels to absorb excess grease.

In pictures:


Step 1.

Step 2.

Step 3.

Step 4.

Maw-Maw made a suggestion I had never tried last night- eating salmon patties with tomato juice, salt, and pepper. Tomato really sets off the cornmeal flavor in the salmon patties, so I would definitely heed her advice in the future.

Thanks again, Maw-Maw, for making these delicious salmon patties and letting me take pictures of them!



Posted by on January 29, 2011 in food


Spicy Hash Brown Story of Joy, Movement 2

Remember how I made a super delicious hash brown and chicken dish a few blogs ago?

I discovered the next day that I had a leftover hash brown.

Tears of joy welled in my eyes, for I had thought they were all consumed the previous night.

I decided to make a breakfast variety of the dish with my new found glory of a potato patty.

In addition to the hash brown, I had a fried egg and a spicy ketchup mixture.

The result was a truly delicious breakfast concoction.

What you need:

  • hash browns/potato patties
  • an egg for each hash brown prepared
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • salt, pepper, and parsley to taste

What you do:

  • prepare the hash browns as instructed on the packaging
  • fry an egg for each hash brown
  • combine the ketchup, chili powder, and cumin
  • spread the ketchup mixture on the hash brown
  • add the fried egg on top
  • sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley

This can also be served on toast, which enriches the flavor a bit.

If you prefer a milder dish, you can skip the pepper and chili powder.

This recipe is very easy to make and is a great breakfast food, though I ended up having it around dinner time.

You could also layer things by sandwiching the egg between two hash browns and filling it with more ketchup or even cheese.

Happy eating!



Posted by on January 28, 2011 in breakfast, food, postaday2011


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Cheddar Bay…Cheese Toast? A Culinary Experimentation by Yours Truly, or, Eat Your Heart Out, Red Lobster!

Sometimes the failures we have yield the greatest experiences and discoveries.

The most amazing thing to ever happen to me: to be in a chaotic state of mind, having no idea what I’m going to do, and then to take a deep breath, jump in, and succeed without even trying.

I present you Cheddar Bay Cheese Toast.

What you need:

  • 6 slices of bread. (I actually used processed bread in this case; forgive me.)
  • 3 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 cup of grated cheese of your choice
  • parsley to taste
  • 1/2 of a small tomato, chopped
  • 3/4 of a medium-sized onion, diced
  • a dollop of the sour cream of your choice for garnish (optional)

What you do:

  • Grate the cheese. You can also opt to just slice it.
  • Grease a cookie sheet. I use Baker’s Joy for this.
  • Lay out the 6 slices of bread.
  • Sprinkle garlic powder on each slice.
  • Sprinkle cumin on the cheese.
  • Sprinkle parsley on the cheese.
  • Add more garlic powder, if desired.
  • Bake in at 400º for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy.

I personally set the items around the onions and tomatoes so as to allow each person to dip onto the cheese toast how much they wanted; the dollop of sour cream came on the top of these, as you can see from the photo.

This recipe is quite, easy, mimics the taste of Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay biscuits, and was all around delight to make. I encourage everyone to go for it!

My original intent was to make the Cheddar Bay biscuits. The last several times I baked them, they came out wrong, and I’m not sure what I did wrong.

Incorporating the veggies was a last-minute decision. I realize that a lot of my recipes recently have been largely dealing with creams and cheeses, and I know they’re rich and fattening (but delicious), so I’m trying to mix in the healthy food deliberately.

Go ye forth and make cheese toast!



Posted by on January 27, 2011 in appetizers, food, postaday2011, recipes


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Cooking Mama vs. Cooking Mama: A Photo Comparison and Showdown


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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in comfort food, postaday2011


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