Being March 2.. y’all must be excited for today! Why? Well, it’s Texas Independence Day! It’s been a tradition of mine to celebrate the day, which really just means proclaiming it to the world. And occasionally I’ll bake some Texas-themed things too.

This year I’m proud to share with you this kolache recipe. Kolaches are pillowy pastries of dough wrapped or filled with fruits or some kind of sausage. The ones I’ve had growing up in Houston are almost always savory, but since then my view of kolaches has expanded to include the traditionally sweet Czech version. I’m accepting of the sweet kind, but I’m still quite partial to the savory version.

Just like beignets, I can’t seem to find kolaches readily available in the north outside of the south. And also like the beignets, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make them myself. After reading through several recipes, I chose one that was featured in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times back in 2001. With an article named “Perfect Kolaches” and a recipe called “Grandma Rosie’s Kolaches,” how could I not? Turns out they’re mighty close to the kolaches I’m used to eating back home, and I’m ever grateful for Grandma Rosie for sharing her secret recipe with us. This recipe worked out wonderfully as a savory pastry, and I’m sure it’d be just as great for a sweet kolache too.

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11 Baguettes


You must be aware by now that today is 11/11/11 (and also Pepero Day it seems?). You may not be aware that I’m partial to binary numbers.. I mean, having a binary zip code was a huge factor in choosing where to live (only somewhat kidding). I wanted to bake something special for today, so I chose something I’ve wanted to try for a while.

Baguettes! 11 baguettes, to be precise.

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Chocolate Banana Loaf


We had a wonderfully tiring weekend, visiting friends from all over. We drove over 700 miles, stopped in 5 different cities and met adorable baby Joseph, played with a bunch of little kids, chatted with a handful of college friends, had dinner with my old church small group, and even saw a few friends from our high school days. There were many more we wish we could have seen, but we’re saving them for another trip.

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Baba’s Mantou 饅頭


Happy Birthday Baba! It’s my father-in-law’s birthday today, and I’d like to take some time today to share one of his recipes with all of you. I had the pleasure of visiting Fort Wayne, IN for Christmas, and I was delighted to help my father-in-law makes these for the big Christmas Eve gathering their church held at their home. Christmas Eve is just one example of my in-laws’ hospitality towards their community. I hear many stories of their lovely home gatherings, inviting over church friends, neighbors, as well as students from North Side High School (where my mother-in-law teaches), and I was blessed to participate in one of their parties during Christmas.

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Homemade Hamburger Buns


It’s been high barbeque season for a while, and though I’ve been a little quiet this summer, I’d like to share a hamburger bun recipe for your next barbeque. Sure, it takes more time than going out and buying a bag of pre-made buns, but it’s more fun to make things from scratch. Oh, don’t tell me I’m the only one. I used a recipe from Nicole of Baking Bites, so clearly I am not alone.

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