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Willow’s #Vegan Chocolate Cake (#recipe)

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Vegan | 0 comments

One pan, one spoon & a whole lotta love!

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Sassy Sugar Recipes

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Dessert, DIY Basic Recipes | 2 comments

Flavored Sugars are a way to add a bit of elegance and beauty to your baked dishes and beverages. Everyone needs to feel elegant, and if you cannot indulge in expensive resturuants and Breakfast at Tiffany’s you can enjoy it with adding it to your baking and morning tea or coffee.

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Hello Dolly Cake

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Holiday | 3 comments

Have all of the cookies you slaved over this holiday season been given away or eaten by Santa’s little helpers? Well whip these classic ones up in less then an hour and if you do not already make these bar cookies you will be adding them to your favorites in no time!  My grandmother willed her recipes to me and after making them today, I decided to share this one with you!

My grandmother's recipe

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Happy Hanukkah – Lets Deep Fry Gram’s Yam Latke!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Holiday | 1 comment

I know, bad pun time, but give a girl a break! Mamma just wanted to grab everyones attention, and it’s a fact, today and the next eight days are all about oil! Since I cannot do any recipe with bacon, because that would REALLY be in bad taste, I decided out of all the lovely deep fried goodies that are traditional for today to share my version of Latke.

Festival Of Lights

Today marks  the first full day of Hanukkah, the eight day celebration marking the miracle that was witnessed by Jews during the Maccabean Revolt while they were in the process of  a rededication ceremony of the Second Temple during 2nd Century B.C. There was only enough untainted olive oil to keep the menorah’s candles burning for a single day, but the candles stayed flickering and bright for the eight nights while they searched for more oil. This event is what inspired the Jewish sages to proclaim these eight days what is also known as the Festival of Lights.

Maccabean Revolt

There are many things that are traditional for this holiday but the central theme of oil is in any and all recipes to be found. One of my favorite things, other than bacon, are Latkes. My grandmother use to make them out of Sweet Potatoes or Yams (yes there is a difference but that is for another time) So put away that diet journal and celebrate the diversity of food we have this time of year. If you are Jewish, I wish I could sit in the corner of the kitchen and just eat up the knowlege of all those wonderful tranditional dishes. One of these days I will master the Cheese Blintz that looks as good as I finally have gotten it to taste!

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Maple Bacon Beer Jam (Recipe)

Posted by on Dec 18, 2011 in Bacon, Cabin Cooking, Dessert, DIY Basic Recipes, Pork | 1 comment

bacon jamYes another delightful recipe with that lovely taste you experienced with my Maple Bacon Donuts! It is because I love you all that I share this incredible flavorgasm and because I promised a recipe a day till Christmas! The original recipe is actually from a Martha Stewart cookbook and for a slow cooker. It includes most of the below, but I didn’t have a crock pot at the time so I recreated it to work on the oven.

The ingredients also are varied as her recipe only calls for 1 lb of bacon. Hello, one POUND only? HAH not on my watch people! During the holidays I double this and give it to friends for presents. I haven’t done this in a while because I “misplaced” the recipe. I have been searching high and low for this and where was it to be found? Well in the middle of my Chinese Food cookbook OF COURSE! (Only in my world does this kind of filing of recipes make sense, I would try  to explain it but there are certain rules about how long a blog post should be…) Thankfully a friend from Anchorage reminded me how much I love this by mentioning the Steward Cafe serves this, I am sure mine is MUCH better *wicked grin*. I assure you this is amazing.

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It’s a Scandihoovian Christmas

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Holiday | 2 comments

Definition: Scandihoovian – A Hoosier whose ancestry includes that of Scandinavia.

First off, yes with my Lefse raised high, I proudly proclaim I can trace my roots back to the Indiana Tufte family  and am a proud Scandihoovian, at least on my mother’s side. My great-grandparents were born in Norway and when they came to our great country,  like many other Norwegians (and those dirty Swedes), passed up Lady Liberty and kept going till they ended up in the Midwest! (No self respecting Norwegian will ever admit to having any Swedish blood in them, they are all drunks and don’t know their way around a Krumkake iron if their life depended on it and in my house it did. We let it slide that my dad was part Swede because of the fact of being a direct descendent of Morgan the Pirate… oh and Alexander Hamilton, but the Pirate bit is better, yah?)

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Have a Hot & Spicey Party.. Mix!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Holiday | 1 comment

I promised this recipe to @AKDaveDownunder a few days ago and decided it would be yet another gift from me to all of you during my whirlwind recipe fest this Holiday season!

I used to be married to a military man who was raised in a very traditional mid-west family, but not the fun kind from my side of the family. The recipes I gathered from THAT marriage were ones that I have had to kick up more notches than I will ever admit to my former mother-in-law. (I swear she has never heard of salt and pepper!) One of these was her version of Chex© Mix.

After our first year of marriage I was finally able to serve steak without him automatically asking for ketchup (and thinking I would actually give it to him). He was settling into my cooking and loving it, right up until tradition stepped on my spicy toes. Right before our 1st Thanksgiving he asked me to call his mother to get a few of his favorite traditional recipes. By then I had ate a few of her meals and knew that it was going to be something I made a small amount of first only to experiment till I had just the right spices in it to make it palatable for our family.   I was right in the middle of getting her “famous” Scalloped Corn recipe and during the fourth time of me asking, “So no salt or pepper, just the corn, eggs, cream and crackers?” my husband yells from his spot in front of the TV,

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Guest Post – See You In Hell

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in Guest Posts, Poetry and Pros, Writing | 2 comments

Happy Friday everyone! Well it is now less then 10 days before the fat man is delivering presents! I decided I would start my gift giving to all of you early and what better way to start this is with a wonderful treat from one of the up and coming writers on the Indie scene, Mr. J.W. Williams.  I met this wonderful gentlemen on Twitter and he has brought me many smiles through out the last couple of months. I am lucky to be able to share the prologue of his up and coming  novel, See You In Hell.

Hello. I’m Jim and I write dark urban fantasy. I am presenting here as a teaser, the prologue to my current work in progress, which at this time is titled “See You In Hell” It is the lovely story about a woman who’s a bounty hunter for Hell. I hope you enjoy it. I’m writing as fast as I can to finish the novel.

See You In Hell

By J. Wayne Williams (@WriteTheFantasy)


Sam Martin stood motionless in front of the elevator doors, his partner Mike Lastra stood by his side. Both men had drawn their pistols in preparation for another attack as the floor indicator showed that the elevator had passed the sixth floor and was still climbing. Earlier today their boss, Drug Kingpin Angelo Silva had been the victim of a drive by shooting as they exited a popular restaurant. The entire seventh floor of the Mercy Regional Hospital had been reserved for Mister Silva for security reasons. His men had been assigned to guard all of the exits.

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The Tale of my Vodka Sauce with Pancetta (Italian for bacon)

Posted by on Dec 11, 2011 in Bacon, Cabin Cooking | 8 comments

Years ago I married a lovely Italian man whose father was an incredible Italian cook. He taught me to make many amazing dishes and the history behind them. I was forever showing up over at his house to find him  in the kitchen cooking a traditional recipe with some amazing new twist and offering the recipe to me if I helped him chop something and listen to him blather on about his day.  Sounds grand right? NOPE! The sneak always left an ingredient out. It never ruined the dish but it never had the same amount of POP that his did. This behavior is usually observed with the mother of the species has to share her son with another woman, the daughter-in-law. God forbid that said daughter-in-law outshines her in the kitchen. But then again, if you saw the sweaters that man wore.. And let’s face it, he is Italian! In the end what had started as a sharing of methodology in the kitchen became a challenge for me to figure out what ingredient it was. Sometimes after trying repeatedly, he would give in and let me scrawl out a copy from his secret recipe book for my own, but many times, especially with sauces, so I just made do. This specifically brilliant pink creamy sauce was one of said recipes.

Pancetta, Italian Bacon

One night we went over and he was chopping up tomatoes to simmer for a red sauce. Nonchalantly he asked if I would be so good as to chop the Pancetta up and gently whip the cream. (He thought he could distract me with this un-smoked Italian bacon). This was it; I was finally going to catch His Evilness in the act of sneaking the ingredient in. As he began his rant on the benefits of creating a red sauce from scratch, he turned around with practiced cunning to add in red pepper flakes I had seen him palm earlier. Finally, victory would be mine! Pasting an innocent smile on my face, I continued to nod and chop Pancetta, all the while planning my victory party.

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DIY Pepper Vodka and the Perfect Bloody Mary!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, DIY Basic Recipes | 2 comments

Though I no longer have my Sunday morning Bloody Mary, I still make and keep DIY Pepper Vodka on my shelf for a myriad of recipes, including my Vodka Sauce. Vodka is used in many recipes, not just drinks. Vodka is one of those alcohols that is rated odorless and colorless but in truth it does have a flavor. This is why though as an Alaskan, Monarch© Vodka has it’s place it does not belong in this particular recipe.

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