Spicy Chicken

This simple dinner dish is made with an interesting combination of spices to create an uncommon, atypical chicken dish to please the whole family. Though it does have several spices and ingredients, it’s quite simple to put together in a short time and the result is well worth treading into potentially new territory for what could result in your new favorite stand by.

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Christmas Potpourri

Christmas time always evokes a spicy smell for me — cloves and cinnamon, evergreen boughs, mulled wine. I might not recognize the smell of frankincense and myrrh, but spices are unquestionably a large part of the holidays both in cooking and in a general ambience they create. Can the simple scent of pine pitch transport you across time to every childhood christmas morning, gifts under the tree, the invigorating smell of nature brought indoors for the season?

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Just Right White Cake

White cakes are the ultimate versatile cake. They’re the traditional cake at celebrations of all kinds, providing the appropriate fanciness at formal gatherings. Just one bite can evoke every wedding you’ve ever attended, even if you happen to be nibbling some on a blanket in your own back yard. White cakes are traditionally for special occasions, but, really, they can adapt to any occasion, festive or ordinary.

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Snickerdoodles

snickerdoodles 2Kind of an old fashioned favorite, the Snickerdoodle has long been a favorite in our house. The goofy name is enough to lure you in, but one whiff of the cinnamon-vanilla sweetness and you can never forget these babies. They’re light in both flavor and texture, with a wonderful crumbly chewiness that is just perfect after lunch or as a special treat.

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Baguette, New Orleans Style

baguette baked #3Baguette may have originated in France, but this particular variety is definitely a New Orleans staple. It’s an essential component of the Po’ Boy, a Louisiana submarine sandwich usually filled with fried oysters, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. It’s also delicious dunked into soup, sliced and toasted, or just shared around the dinner table by tearing off a chunk and passing it around. There’s a classic story about a poor man who enjoyed loitering outside a popular bakery simply to smell the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baking bread. The haughty baker grew angry that the poor man never bought any bread and one day decided that payment should be made for the privilege of smelling his delicious bread. The baker had the poor man arrested and both the poor man and the baker were brought before a wise judge. When asked whether he had any money to pay for the smell of the baker’s bread, the poor man reluctantly took out a few coins from his pocket and jingled them in his hand, telling the judge it was everything he had. The judge then informed the arrogant baker that he had been paid: the sound of the poor man’s money was payment for the smell of the baker’s delicious bread. In any case, the taste of freshly baked bread is definitely one of life’s greatest pleasures. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, butter melting into the delicate crumb.  Mmmmmmmmm…….

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