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Ranger Bars

I’m sitting here with my right lower face totally numb, courtesy of an inferior alveolar nerve block performed for pre-crown placement tooth smoothing. It’s exciting – this tooth has been busted for three years but I finally finagled the time and money to get it fixed! However, it feels very weird. I’ve done these before, but never had one done to me, and, let me tell you, it works. I keep drooling.
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RHUBARB CAKE

This recipe is a day late and a dollar short. I made it when it was spring, and rhubarb was everywhere, but it has sat on my computer since then. It’s almost cruel to bring it up now, when rhubarb season is so thoroughly over. irritated cat RHUBARB CAKE

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I never claimed to be nice though…

The components are pretty standard cake ingredients, plus ginger. Side note: if you don’t already know, ginger freezes very well and is easier to grate when frozen (plus then you don’t end up with multiple saggy, sad, partially-used ginger knobs in your refrigerator, or, worse yet, no ginger at all).

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Rhubarb gets sliced, and mixed with sugar and a touch of lemon juice. I may have leaned too heavy on the lemon juice.

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Dough clouds!!!

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Rhubarb tops dough – see that puddle-y spot to the right? Yup, too much lemon juice.

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Topping ingredients! The only lemon in the topping is in my fevered imagination. Apparently lemons just have a way of sneaking into my pictures. crumble ingredients RHUBARB CAKE

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That is a good looking mess!!! raw cake with crumble RHUBARB CAKE

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And finally, the product, all baked up and beautiful. This cake is excellent on the day made, but even better the day after.

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Rhubarb Crumble Cake
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Ingredients
  1. For the rhubarb: ~8 stalks rhubarb, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  2. For the cake: 1 stick butter, zest of 1 lemon, 2 eggs, 1 1/3 cup unbleached flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon grated ginger, 1/3 cup sour cream
  3. For the crumble: 1 cup unbleached flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, pinch salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350, line the bottom of your pan with parchment paper, and then grease.
  2. Cut the rhubarb into 1/4" slices on the diagonal. Mix with the lemon juice and sugar.
  3. Cream the butter, zest, and sugar. Add the eggs. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients, then 1/2 of the sour cream, then 1/3 of the dry ingredients, 1/2 of the sour cream, and the final 1/3rd of the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix all of the crumble ingredients.
  5. Dollop the cake batter over the bottom of the prepared pan then spread out. Cover with the rhubarb mixture, then with the crumble. Bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
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Coconut Berry Muffins

Oh man, this post represents an epic post fail. You see, I made some muffins a few weeks ago from a cookbook I’ve been working through, Mangia

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and they were pretty danged good, good enough that I ate more than I ought to, and took enough photos for a whole post on them which I have yet to actually write.

Therefore when I made a different muffin recipe from the book a few days later, I did not bother to take pictures. “Why bother, Veggiesaurus,” I told myself. “Muffins are muffins, how different could they be?” “How many muffin recipes do people want anyway?” This was a mistake. The first muffin recipe was excellent, but this one was superlative. Continue reading

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CHOCOLATE CHIP BLONDIES

From the outtake roll for Chest Tube operating theatre. Seriously, I did not even try to get this shot. No photoshop is involved. This is solely the result of the high level of energy that shark dog brings to his every waking moment.

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Really, I have cute pets, I swear – they’re just not super-photogenic. Or rather, they’re very difficult to catch in photogenic moments. Shark dog, for example has two states: go, and stop. Being an all black dog, when he’s in stop mode he mostly looks like a black thing? Maybe a dog? Maybe a pile of laundry?

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When he’s in go mode, however, it’s difficult to get a picture of him where he’s not half out of frame and blurry, because he can really move. Continue reading

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RASPBERRY ROLLS (a way to use up leftover pie dough)

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')"> I discovered this hellish monstrosity in the hospital gift shop. This is the stuff nightmares are made of.

In an update I’m sure everyone was waiting for with bated breath, shark-dog finally got his walk. Of course given that it happened more than 30 minutes ago, he has totally forgotten and is back to acting like he’s the most put-upon and neglected creature the world has ever seen. He whined at me for 20 minutes straight yesterday, then chewed his food bowl apart in protest against the many wrongs done to him.

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On the walk we discovered this sidewalk which zigs, but does not zag,

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As well as a two-tone tree.

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The first few times we walked shark-dog past this statue he was uncertain if it was a dog and approached it hesitantly, but he’s now wise to the fact that it’s not living. Jury’s out on whether he’s also realized it represents a different species.

One of the dilemnas I most like getting faced with is what the heck to do with spare pie dough. I have weirdly sized pie pans, so I make a batch and a half to two batches of dough, and this usually leads to extra. I view this as an opportunity to do some recipe testing and fridge cleaning. That last little bit of blue cheese? In it goes. A lone half portabello mushroom? Don’t mind if I do. Pears, apples, or any other fruit that doesn’t sound nasty (I’m shooting side eye at you, bananas) are also fair game.

In this vein, my quiche efforts led to extra dough, and combined with BS’s temporary insanity when faced with 99 cent raspberries at the store last week, this is where we ended up:

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APRICOT UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE

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')"> Spring has officially sprung here, and it’s amazing! The yard is full of flowers, including this lovely but worthless tree. The flowers look like cherry blossoms, but the tree doesn’t make fruit – what kind of sadistic bastard, given the opportunity to plant a fruit tree, would instead choose to plant something that doesn’t produce a harvest?

I’ve always loved the idea of upside-down cakes because they involve three of my favorite things: cake, caramel, and fruit. However, the most commonly produced iteration, pineapple upside-down cake, leaves me cold, because cooked pineapple is not my bag, baby.

Enter this gorgeous S.O.B.!

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