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Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

strawberry cupcakes

So I didn’t grade at all this weekend.  Instead, I indulged my inner princess, whom I didn’t even know existed until this weekend, and made strawberry cupcakes with a to-die-for strawberry buttercream.

I made these cupcakes completely from scratch. No boxed mixes or strawberry-flavored Jell-O here (although I totally support using them if necessary).  This cake batter features frozen…

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Sesame Noodles

sesame noodles 

One of my favorites today: Sesame Noodles.  Tangled nests of noodles, coated with a luscious savory sauce, topped with tangles of fresh vegetables, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

red pepperstangled carrotscucumbers

File under “Thing I can eat every day.”

getting ready to dive in

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noodle bowl

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Shakshuka

shakshuka

So I have a confession to make. I hate eggs.  There, I said it.  I hate eggs.

I should probably clarify.   I have no problems with  eggs baked into things like cheesecakes, breads, and cakes. I like frittatas and omelets, although to be fair, I usually view the eggs in those dishes as more of a delivery platform for cheese, broccoli, asparagus, and mushrooms (I love the latter with an intense o…

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Blueberry Muffins

blueberry muffins

The late great Mitch Hedberg once opined, “I put fruit on top of my waffles… because I want something to brush off.” For those of us without the mad observational skills of Mitch Hedberg, there are these lemon blueberry muffins.  Nothing to brush off here. Instead, the blueberries slump and turn into jammy tart ribbons that play perfectly against a lemon base.

The muffins start with blueberries.…

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Bretzels

bretzels

This semester, I’m teaching a Gothic Literature course.  The high point of the course is, of course, Bram Stoker’s vampiric monsterpiece Dracula. Several of my students have admitted that they tried the novel once upon a time, only to find it too dense and difficult to wade through.  I haven’t read the novel since graduate school, so I was curious to see how revisiting it would go.  For me, at…

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Stick a Fork In. Taken March 22, 2014 with Canon EOS Rebel T3i.