Booze Cakes

I just got The Boozy Baker in from Amazon. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but I'm sure I'll let people know when I do. I think I have about 6 more cookbooks do in this week. My library was a little lacking.

I haven't been able to try most of them yet, Midori Melon included, but I know that my pages runneth over with sticky notes for the weeks to come.

Grilled Cheese with peanut butter and bacon

I've tried variations of this before. I once had a peanut butter bacon cheeseburger at a restaurant that was pretty good. I'd heard people raving about a peanut butter BLT and tried to make it didn't turn out the best though.

I think my main problem with the straight bacon cheese and peanut butter is that there are too many soft ingredients and not enough textures, but I imagine that the flavor is fantastic.

This belly would burst

@seriousb: I never said that I wouldn't check into local charities or other organizations, but I do know that several of them will not be willing to accept homemade baked goods. I did not mean it as an attack on your or anyone else's suggestions, however, I think that is something that other people should consider when making their comments. That way I'll have more options to choose from in the long run.

Is This Food?

There has always been an element of science to cooking... mixing things together, grinding things down, taking things apart. I definitely prefer recognizing some food in my food though.

This belly would burst

Thanks PumpkinBear. I was wondering how well some of these would hold up shipping. I know I'm stuck with the cheesecakes and last week I made Whoopie Pies, which are high on the goo factor and not great for rattling around in boxes. This week I was going to try breads though and that would probably work. Maybe I can ship things out pre-icing with it as a side for them to apply themselves...

This belly would burst

I appreciate all the input, and it's good to know that I'm not alone on this. As far as schools or charities or outside workplaces though, I think that very few places will accept home made foods, and even fewer from someone that they don't know... And I'm certainly not in the position to make a living from baking, both in skill level and money assets.

At this point I'm almost looking for looking for bake sales or cake walks to start showing up. Other than that I don't know who would take them.

Street Vending/Farmers market What favorite food would you sell?

When I was a kid I decided that when I grew up I wanted to be a street vendor and sell garlic grilled cheese sandwiches on pumpernickel with side of tangy lemonade. I haven't ruled it out just yet.

Work or play?

I just recently started getting into cooking. When I was little my older sister always wanted her special cooking nights, so I just stayed out of way, except for baking. My mom would let me help her with Sunday breakfasts and Christmas cookies. I think that's why I have a soft spot for baking over other forms of cooking.
Baking...unless it gets disastrously out of hand... has always been fun for me. Though I tend to have more fun when I do it alone and can sing or dance or just talk to myself. It can be a very intimate thing for me, a way of centering.
As far as other cooking is concerned, I think it's more fun when I am exploring something new. When I get too used to a recipe it can be more of a chore than a game because I'm putting less thought and feeling into it.

Booze Cakes

So I found this great little book called booze cakes and it's full of fun little recipes that guessed it... booze. First off, the pictures are beautiful. I don't know what kind of cook you are, but I find it much easier to make something when I see a finished product. The book also comes with a great little tipsy meter to let you know how much alcohol will actually stick. Most of them are pretty light and just use it for an additional flavor.

My first venture was the Margarita Cheesecake, which was fantastic. The most recent though were Rum and Coke Whoopie Pies. The pies came out a little dry and didn't have much coke flavor. I guess I need to tinker with that. The homemade rum marshmallow fluff was amazing of the best flavors I've ever come up with. You just have to be careful because even when I halved the fluff recipe it made far too much.

I really recommend this book to anyone who is looking for new baking ideas.

This belly would burst

I realized recently that I love to bake, but it's become pretty difficult. I want to make things all the time. I finish with one thing and want to start on something else so that I can try out as many recipes as possible. The trouble is that there are just two of us at home. Since I moved to the area I haven't made many friends and my co-workers are starting to give me the evil eye because "I'm making them fat."

I don't know what to do with all of this excess food, but I'd hate to stop doing something that makes me so happy. Are there good places to get rid of extra food, good baking recipes for two, or another sort of outlet that anyone knows of?

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