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Book about urban gardening?

I don't know if you're using an Earthbox(es) or not but they are really great for growing vegetables or whatever with almost no effort. There are directions online for making your own earth box, which worked just as well as the name brand box. Try it out if you haven't already! Good luck!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

After moving to SC from Philadelphia, it has to be the first time I had Southern Barbecue at Bucky's BBQ in Greenville, SC. I always thought Barbecue was an event, not a food. It's delicious!

Cook the Book: 'Baked, New Frontiers in Baking'

Peanut Butter Tastykakes or Sweet Potato Pie and unfortunately, I haven't outgrown either one.

Cook the Book: 'The Modern Baker'

My biggest baking disaster was when I made an Apple Cake in a bundt pan that was too small. It overflowed and burned and just made a HUGE mess. I was so mad I just chopped it up with a spatula like a crazy person. I was really disappointed because the cake is so delicious when my Mom makes it and at the time she lived 6 hours away.

Ideas for Breakfast Casserole?

I've had a breakfast casserole that had hash brown crust, grilled steak (tips are usually inexpensive), scrambled eggs, salsa and cheese. It's really good, quick and easy to make.

Self Cleaning Oven

I think it was the grill grates that did the major damage. The oven is only a year old and I only decided to use the self clean option because I made cupcakes that overflowed and made a big mess. I cleaned up most of the burnt cupcake batter, so I'm sure it was the grill grates. Oh well, the windows are still open, candles are burning and everything has been Febreezed.

Trader Joe's Favorites?

The frozen chocolate croissants are really good. There are 4 to a box for $4. Williams Sonoma has a box of 12(?) for about $40. You let them rise overnight, and bake them in the morning. I don't have a Trader Joe's in my area so I bought some items in Philly to take home with me on my road trip. The croissants rose on the long ride from Philly to South Carolina and were one big blob, but they were still delicious.

Favorite summer food- now and from childhood?

Definitely Rita's Water Ice or Vanilla cone from the Mr. Softee truck w/ rainbow jimmies, cherries and of course jumbo Freeze pops! I think I'm going to serve freeze pops at my 4th of July cook-out!

Neo Soul Food

Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm definitely going to make the black eyed pea salad and I really want to try the catfish cakes. They sound really good. I'm looking for a good recipe for fried green tomatoes with a good sauce to drizzle. I was thinking that chicken fingers w/ pecans and honey would be a good finger food too. This is fun but I need more time!

Foodie Movies?

Simply Irrestible
I know most people hate this movie, but I love the way the people respond to the food in the movie. I know, I know, they're actors but still. I wish I had a recipe for those little caramely cream puff things b/c I want to eat them so bad!

Cook the Book: The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

Strawberry Shortcake with real cake and fresh whipped cream, or Yellow cake w/ cream cheese icing and pineapple or berry cobbler w/ vanilla ice cream. I think I have to make one of these items this week.


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