Texas Sheet Cake

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Texas Sheet Cake:

You need a big pan–like a jelly roll pan. 15×10 or something like that. The cake will be approximately 1 inch thick but long and a lot of it. Preheat oven to 350. If you just have a 9×13, decrease the cooking temp to 325 for 30 – 40 minutes. It’s a dense cake. Continue reading


The BEST Strawberry Rose Tutorial Video

My husband is so many wonderful things, and “fruit carver” is one of them. He is also an excellent instructor.  Watch the 4 minute video on how to carve a strawberry into a rose below, and then you, too, can add “fruit carver” to your resume. When the strawberry is carved like this, it is presented to your palette in a completely different manner. Very “full”. Hard to describe. Just try it and you’ll understand. : )

I made a chocolate yogurt using a 32 oz tub of plain yogurt, ¼ cup of honey, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/8 tsp salt, and ¼ – ½ cup of cocoa. It will still be a little tart.

Hubby laid the yogurt as a base on a plate, then he layered sliced up kiwi and strawberries. The sweet from the fruit balanced out the tang from the yogurt. It was delicious! And we all devoured it—kids included.

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Brown Bag It Recipes—Cooking in a Brown Paper Bag

A few days ago I was sleuthing around over at 100 Days of Real Food and read her article on different whole food snack ideas. In this list was popcorn with a link on how to cook it in a paper bag. I tried it. It worked wonderfully, and I’ve been eating way too much popcorn this week. But I know exactly what is in it. I just melt a little butter and throw in some salt, and shake, shake, shake, senora! and voila—delicious, fresh popcorn, radiated right here in my very own home. Gotta love technology.

Then somewhere else along the way I stumbled across the fact that you can microwave a potato in a brown paper bag to have you a 5-minute baked potato. Works like a charm!

So then this post was born. Enjoy these great “en papillote” recipes.

{en papillote (ahn pah-pee-yoa or ohn pa-pee-YOTE) – A French word meaning “in a paper bag.” En papilotte is a cooking process that cooks foods in their own juices in a bag (sealing foods to cook in their own juices, rather than adding water as in steaming, re-enforces flavors rather than diluting them). Traditionally the food is enclosed with parchment paper, but today is also cooked enclosed in aluminum-foil bags. Pastry is also used in the same way, such as pasties. The bag is slit open tableside so that the diner can enjoy the escaping aroma.}

How to Microwave Gourmet Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

How to Cook bacon and eggs in a paper bag

How to Bake a Potato in a Brown Paper Bag (IN THE OVEN)


Steamed Asparagus in Paper Bag (OVEN)

Apple Pie in a Brown Paper Bag (OVEN)

Kidd’s Famous Brown Bag Turkey Recipe (OVEN)

Do you have a “en papillote” recipe to add? I would love to increase my skills.

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