Tag Archive: Cooking

This week I’ve got an awesome, step-by-step tutorial on how to make Piranha Plant Cake Pops by cakecrumbs.


These are really awesome. Sadly, given the lack of decent artistic ability in our house, I’d imagine that any attempt to do these would end up another entry on one of those “nailed it” lists.

That said, cake balls are pretty damn easy, and while less cool looking, are still tasty as hell.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

My sister, Lyle, is fast becoming one of the eminent cupcake chefs in Boise.  One of her more delicious creations was an adaptation of banana pudding stuffed cake.  She altered it into cupcake form, creating Banana Cream Poke Cupcakes, which were also termed “orgasmic cupcakes” by her coworkers.


My little bit of “help” on this creation was the suggestion of using a piping bag to force in fully set, or nearly fully set, pudding. That would cut down on the mess and make the pudding insertion more of an exact science.

On a similar yumtastic note, this particular recipe has opened my eyes to some possibilities of my own. Specifically a new direction I can take my favorite cake recipe to make it even better.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

I know I usually save YOINK!s for Friday, but this couldn’t wait, lest I forget it. Today I’ve yoinked White Chocolate & Baileys Coffee Bars from one of my favorite food blogs: Lea and Jay.


These look absolutely awesome and combine three things that I adore: chocolate, Baileys Irish Cream, and coffee.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

YOINK! Fort Knox Pie

An e-friend of mine, Eclectic Mama (whose blog is on my blogroll over there –>), recently linked me to a pie recipe on her blog that I somehow missed. It sounds awesome, so I’m reblogging it here. I bring to you Eclectic Mama’s Fort Knox Pie.

Picture totally stolen from E.M.

Picture totally stolen from E.M.

It’s basically a layer of gooey caramel covered with a layer of chocolate custard. I’ve been drooling over this pie for almost a week now, and I’m going to try to make it as soon as I can get the ingredients.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

YOINK! Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas

I’m a sucker for just about anything that mixes apple and cinnamon. As a kid my parents often bought apple cinnamon flautas, which I ate in large numbers quite often. These Baked Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas by La Cocina de Leslie, which are a baked version of the fried ones posted over at Jaunita’s Cocina, remind me a lot of those flautas.

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas 1_LCDL

I can’t wait to try this recipe. It’s been over a decade since I’ve had apple-cinnamon in a tortilla, and these look extremely promising.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

This week’s geek craft is a recipe for Lembas Bread by Becca C of Radical Geekery (as borrowed and adjusted from the original recipe at Geek Chic by Emma Grovum).



Honestly, as much as I like the idea of making Lembas Bread, looking at the recipe I notice that this bread may actually be a tad too moist, flavorful, and delicious to be like the real thing. Granted, if you made an exact replica of how Lembas Bread was supposed to taste, nobody would eat it.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

As I mentioned many a moon ago, TacoMa’am and I (mostly at my incessant prompting) were trying to eat more vegetables in our diet via vegetarian dishes inserted twice weekly.  Due to a number of issues (read: mostly because of baby Vash) we fell off that wagon after around 4-5 months of successfully holding to the diet change.  It resonated pretty well with me as, during the period of twice weekly vegetarian eating, I dropped about 10 pounds of weight without any other lifestyle changes.  Plus, we found a number of extremely tasty dishes which we likes, making it easier to fit them into the line-up.  The reduction in weekly fat intake probably had a lot to do with the weight loss.  While twice-weekly was the goal of the diet, we often made some of the dishes in enough quantity that left-overs would spill over into many more days than planned.  The low-fat Dal Tiki Marsala that I took a liking to in particular often lasted 4-5 days instead of just the 2 as planned.

Now Vash is settling into a bit of a routine (sorta) and we’re about 2/3 of the way through our huge stock of frozen prepared food that we made back before Vash was born. Soon, we’re going to need to start cooking for ourselves on a semi-daily basis again. While we still have several weeks of that food left to eat our way through (preparing it ahead of time was such a good idea, by the way; I highly recommend it for any parents-to-be, even if you’ve already got one or two larva already), I’m already starting to work on some ideas for more vegetarian fare for when we’re done.  Via our prepare-ahead fest, we’ve already found at least one recipe to add to our veggie collection, and it’s a casserole so that helps a lot for providing leftovers.

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Gingerbread Houses

One of those crafts that I enjoy looking at, and always plan to do “some day” is the construction of gingerbread houses.  The craft seems simple enough, which probably means it’s really difficult to pull off, but I’ve always wanted to try it.  The combination of frosting, cookie, candy, and more frosting to create a glorious and edible house?  Count me in.

And if you’re really into it you may end up doing something like this:


Now, I’m not a fan of Harry Potter, but that, right there, is awesome.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

YOINK! Rainbow Peppermint Patties

One of my many e-friends posted a link to this little gift idea several weeks ago. Rainbow Peppermint Patties* by girlwhoateeverything.


These are really neat, and would make a cool gift for the sweet tooth in your family.

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*Link to the filling recipe is as the bottom of the instructions page.

Sorry for missing two weeks there, people.  As I mentioned, we had a new baby and I decided to spend all my energy at home rather than blogging.  Now that things have started settling down, I’m ready to get back into the game.

This week, I bring you some very awesome (and very labor intensive) skull truffles by Marc Brownlow.

These are extremely cool, and if you’ve got some artistic talent, and a lot of food-grade silicone, a neat little project to make your Halloween party treats the death of the party.