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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition!

Sure, I followed the recipe from this website. It baked very well and now I'm just trying to hold off and let it cool down....so hard!

http://cookiesandcups.com/snickerdood...

Feb 20, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition!

Snickerdoodle Apple Bread just out of the oven. At least now I have breakfast and dessert while the snow forces me to stay inside the whole weekend!

Feb 20, 2015
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Snowing here in Denver, but can't complain we've had many days with 70 degree weather while the Northeast gets pounded on a weekly basis!

Finally got some time to cook and not depend on take out, grilled chicken and frozen foods (yes a crime I know) in order to meet all my deadlines. Today I made Spaghetti Carbonara with Prosciutto as I detest bacon. Also attempted a stovetop lasagna last night but alas that was a disaster as the pasta remained uncooked! Well at least the Pineapple cake I made was great for dessert and the leftover cake was breakfast today =)

What are your home cooking goals for 2015?

Love that suggestion! I can agree to a side dish as its included and most meals come with too much food anyways for one person. It definitely hurts when you pay for a meal and don't enjoy it all. Plus I'm one of few people my age that definitely enjoys dining out solo to try out new places and dessert is a must. Guess I should pay more attention to those veggies...

Jan 12, 2015
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What are your home cooking goals for 2015?

Yea an extreme picky eater is what my friends/family call me. However, I'm more adventurous and try out new desserts but can't bring myself to do so for meals. I do hate condiments so no ketchup, mustard or mayo in my food but I do love flavor as I have a lot of dried spices and I always marinate my meats overnight with them before any meals. There are many things I just haven't tried (such as sushi,lentils, and hummus) but I'm trying to try one new thing a week so I can say for sure if I don't like something!.

Vegetables is a big one cause I do love fruits. I hate the taste of many vegetables if eaten directly even if cooked (say onions, peppers, celery) but I believe they are great for flavoring so I just cut them larger and don't directly eat them! So while I can put them in a soup or stew, I tend to avoid foods that have fillings containing too much onions/peppers or something else I dislike.

But I normally wouldn't even bother to add veggies to my meals so I'm trying to start easy with things I love like corn, peas, potatoes, carrots but I'm still staying away from things I know I hate like broccoli, raw tomatoes,lettuce/kale. Still want to bring myself to try things like asparagus and eggplant but need to find a way in which I don't hate it because I screw up the dish!

Lol this has become long, but hope it is evident I do fall under the picky eating label as much as I'm trying to improve myself! Cooking my own meals and trying out things on my own is better than being placed on display by others and forced to try out things in public while keeping a straight face...

Jan 12, 2015
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What are your home cooking goals for 2015?

Thank you both for the suggestions! I'll start with those first and hopefully continue on from there.

Jan 11, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Cloudy, gloomy day on my end, with snow soon to come. Ohh the playoff game is soon starting but thankfully that's a few miles away from me! Guess I'll be trying out a Tortellini Chicken Soup since it will perfectly match with the weather.

What are your home cooking goals for 2015?

Could you give me the names of some simple dishes to begin my search for new recipes? Chicken is always a good starting point, however there are so many of them and I don't know where to start!

Jan 11, 2015
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What are your home cooking goals for 2015?

My goal for this year is to cook 1-2 new recipes for dinner each week. I'm an extremely picky eaters (not when dessert is concerned) and would like to make new dishes and see if I can incorporate more veggies and different cuisines into my diet.

Also would love to try Indian cuisine but with the caveat that I don't like spicy things and tend to lean towards sweeter sauces. Let's hope I can keep this going until December!

Jan 11, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Well I have to join minorities and stay out of the fake football discussions haha =)

For tonight I attempted the Chicken Vesuvio recipe from America's Test Kitchen. Good flavorful recipe that I would make again. Easy to make for a weekend cooking adventure, not sure I would do it on a weekday if its just for me.

Dessert I wish I could say I made it but I could never afford the equipment needed to make it! Bought a vanilla baum cake with a rum glaze from a local baker and have to say it was good although I was skeptical when first hearing about them.

What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

Well since I am still recovering from a Monday after a long vacation break, tonight's dinner was quick and easy! Based on Noble Pig's blog recipe I made her Hoisin Pork Tenderloin which I marinated overnight and just came out of the oven. Either it tasted delicious or it was the hunger speaking! The meal was accompanied by some leftover coconut rice I made previously.

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

The only thing I did differently was I pre seasoned the beef with the oregano and sazon seasoning before adding all the ingredients to the bag.

I eyeballed the amount of oregano and sazon seasoning used as I'm used to always seasoning any meats with them so I probably used way more than a "pinch" of oregano and my sazon seasoning comes in a huge Goya bottle and not packets!

Jan 04, 2015
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What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Nothing like making a meal from back home (nice tropical weather) to make me nostalgic while I survive this winter.

I am loosely translating this recipe as Beef Onion Stew. Went the easy route and used steak stir fry strips and was happy with the end result
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bistec-e...

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part one)! [old]

Tried the Meyer Lemon Rolls recipe from Tutti Dolci. Filling/glaze was delicious. Can't comment much on the dough as once again my dough didn't rise! I give up on baking any type of yeasted bread at an altitude. I miss being at sea level...oh well maybe good way to avoid carbs!

Jan 04, 2015
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part one)! [old]

Just made Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Scones!

What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

Leftover pumpkin puree and needing to get rid of the temptations that result from having a Nutella jar at home...guess it was time for pumpkin Nutella swirled muffins!

Oct 25, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

It's been apple and quick bread baking for me lately. This past week I made KAF's applesauce oatmeal bread and also tried a pumpkin apple bread recipe I found in a blog. Eventually I'll try something new without pumpkin or apples!!

Oct 20, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Apple Upside Down Cake from "The Recipe Critic" blog. Delicious and perfect for this fall weather!

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Pumpkin Prosciutto Rigatoni from "Handle the Heat" blog. Guess I can use pumpkin for other things beside baking!

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Love these cookies too...yet I have never managed to get a Biscoff chocolate chip cookie recipe to turn out right!

Sep 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Yup Biscoff should work as well, I sometimes add Biscoff to my many archived Nutella recipes rather than try a Biscoff specific recipe...

Haha the naked muffin on the lower right was my guide to know if the muffins were done! I tend to underbake things (specially Nutella recipes!) assuming the Nutella is supposed to make the end result gooey!

Sep 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Yup that's the one I made! I have previously made the Nutella banana bread recipe from that site and it was good too =)

Sep 07, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Nutella Banana Oat Muffins are a great way to satisfy random Nutella cravings without eating a whole jar =)

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

It was definitely quite tasty. I'm always trying to find ways to make baked chicken flavorful rather than dry and this is another one I'll be doing again!

Aug 09, 2014
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What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

Dinner was mozzarella pesto stuffed chicken breasts from the Two Peas and a Pod blog. Gotta say for a recipe that was simple enough for ME to make, it photographs quite nicely!

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

What are some of your favorite recipes from there? I'm always looking for new recipes on blogs to try out! When one lives alone, baking the same thing twice is no fun although my co-workers may disagree....

Jul 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

I needed a quick dessert that could be eaten right away so I tried Bake or Break's Banana Bread Cobbler recipe. Delicious combo of fresh bananas, streusel and a cakey "bread" bottom layer. Tastes even better warm with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Jul 07, 2014
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Recipe adjustments for baking at high altitudes

Almost five months after my initial post. I have found out that when making cookies, quick breads and cakes things bake much faster (could be my oven) but I haven't needed to tweak any recipes.

Now I need some help troubleshooting recipes with yeast. A simple Google search says that recipes with yeast rise much faster and require less yeast at an altitude. However I have found that my breads barely rise at all whether is a dinner rolls recipe or a simple cinnamon roll dough.

I bought the same SAF Red Instant yeast that I had before and it is stored in the freezer. Any ideas why I can't replicate yeasted recipes using the same recipes and yeast as before? Can too much yeast hamper the rising of the dough?

Thanks for any input!

Jul 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

It is definitely very sweet, but I did like it. You can eat the cornbread portion without the crumb since its very sweet on its own. Definitely not a Southern version of cornbread!

Jun 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

Just made a Vanilla Cornmeal Crumb cake for breakfast....sweet corn bread and crumbs together sounds like a perfect pairing to me!

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2014/06/v...