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Now on Facebook and Twitter!

Hello my fellow foodies! You can now connect with me on Facebook and Twitter . I would love you hear from you and keep in contact with you! Facebook: Twitter: I have a couple really cool recipes to share with you soon! Have a great day!

Biscochitos (New Mexico's Official State Cookie)

Bisochitos (New Mexico's Official State Cookie) This is a very special recipe that I'm sharing with you today! This is one of my favorite recipes in the whole wide world! Ever heard of biscochitos? These delightful little cookies are the official state cookie of New Mexico. There are several variations of this recipe, but the flavors are the same... cinnamon sugar and anise. Some people use shortening instead of lard. Some people use anise oil instead of the real thing. Some people use brandy or rum instead of white wine. And then there's the measurements of the ingredients. I'll be honest with you. When I was growing up, I just didn't get why people liked biscochitos. They were boring. I only liked them when my grandma put frosting on them. And depending on who made them, sometimes they weren't sweet. So I spent the first 20 years of my life not really eating biscochitos. And I loved that they seem to be a holiday treat or a special occasion treat, w

"Can I Have Both" Gooey Butter Cakes

"Can I Have Both" Butter Cakes Want to know a great way to share without having to really "share" these puppies? Just be truthful and tell them it has two sticks of butter in it. And if that still doesn't work, say it has a pound of powdered sugar in it as well. :-) I took these to family dinner and everyone thoroughly enjoyed them until I told them what was in it. Then you would have thought it was kryptonite. (I've made these for them several times before and never had that type of reaction. I guess I never disclosed the ingredients. Oops.) My dad, who usually complains that I never leave him leftover desserts, literally told me not to leave any in the house when I went home. So I made my brother take the rest home, who did so reluctantly-- but you know he secretly wanted them! So, yeah, this is a Paula Deen recipe. The queen of butter herself, so it's fitting these are called gooey butter cakes. Two sticks of butter, no lies. And, seriously,

Bunny Tails Popcorn Mix

Bunny Tails Popcorn Mix I didn't have a lot of energy this Easter (yup this post is coming at you over a week late!), so I wanted to make something simple and colorful for my family. One of my favorite things is my air-popped popcorn maker. We had one when I was little and nearly everyday after school, I would come home and make popcorn. I mastered the perfect combination of butter and salt for popcorn at a young age! While I love microwave popcorn and movie theater popcorn, for me, nothing compares to homemade popcorn with real butter and salt! When I moved out of my parents house (the first time in college), I took my popcorn popper with me. But in the process of moving back in and then back out of my parents' house (the second time after college), my popcorn maker was lost. I've gone for several years without a popcorn maker, but this past Christmas, my mom surprised me with a brand new popcorn maker! I'm excited to make homemade popcorn again and try so

Creamy Farfalle with Cremini, Aparagus, and Walnuts

Creamy Farfalle with Cremini, Aparagus, and Walnuts This is one of my favorite pasta dishes that I've been making for several years. One of my old co-workers (who is one of the best cooks and one of my favorite people in the world) suggested Giada's Family Dinners to me. This pasta was the first recipe that I tried in this cookbook because it sounded so different and interesting. I was a little apprehensive about the walnuts (not my favorite) and the nutmeg (don't like a lot of it), but I think they complement the other ingredients perfectly. I've seen many reviews on other sites saying that this recipe is bland, but I think it could very possibly be that the dish wasn't seasoned enough. You really have to season it well with salt and pepper. Keep tasting and seasoning until you get the right seasoning for your palate. This is definitely a pasta that you can play with the flavors... add ingredients you like, take out some you don't like, maybe adding

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Believe it or not, we just got snow yesterday. In April! In New Mexico! When I left to work in the morning, I had about an inch of snow and it didn't look like it was going to stop any time soon. But, of course, being New Mexico with all of its crazy weather, the snow was completely gone by the time I got off work. And today it's supposed to be in the 60's-- that's New Mexico weather for you! :-) I was introduced to The Cooking Actress blog just yesterday and found the perfect hot drink recipe to enjoy on a chilly April night in my pink and black polka dot flannel pajamas, under a blanket, and watching The Voice. This drink is so easy to put together, it's likely that it will take you more time getting all the ingredients out than it takes to make it. And you can totally make it during a commercial! This recipe really doesn't need any tweaking, but if you like it sweeter you can add more sugar, if you like it more chocolate-

Birthday Cake Oreo-Stuffed Brownies

Birthday Cake Oreo Brownies I just got back from vacation and needed to do some baking to get me back into the swing of things. This recipe was just the thing for that! I had all the ingredients so I didn't have to go to the grocery store. With all the unpacking, laundry, cleaning, and going to back to work, the last thing I wanted to do was tackle the grocery store. So not only did I not have to go to the grocery store, I had an end product that was yummy-yummy too! So before I get into the recipe more, I must share with you some of the most awesome drinks I've ever had while we were in San Antonio! The Dos-a-Rita at the Original Mexican Restaurant and Bar and the drink sampler at Pat O'Brien's were amazing. We had some great food while we were there, but the drinks definitely made a lasting impression. :-) I also learned that you can drink a heck of a lot more at a lower altitude because, believe it or not, these drinks didn't faze me as much as I thought