Kolaches

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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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Lasagne Verdi al Forno

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This month’s Daring Bakers was a bit of a doozy. Worth it? Yes. Delicious? Doubly yes. Thing is, it took a lot out of me. I sacrificed nights of going out to work on this lasagna. Okay, it was just one night. When Tim was out that night and people asked where I was, he had to respond, “Oh, she’s at home making a lasagna from scratch.” You can’t even make up an excuse like that, so everyone knows I’m just crazy.

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Texan and Northern Cornbreads

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I had 3 separate Thanksgiving dinners. Two fell on Sunday, one on Thanksgiving day. If you think you are stuffed from Thursday, try to imagine how I feel, with three times the food! I was even eating Thanksgiving leftovers before Thanksgiving came around.

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Bacon Cookies

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When my friend asked me to bring some finger foods to her housewarming, I wanted to bring something completely different. If anything, that’s all I accomplished with these bacon cookies. I was so disappointed with this recipe! They honestly looked, tasted, and felt like dog treats for humans. So much that I called them human treats all night long. I’d like to hone my skills to the point that I’ll know exactly what a recipe will turn out like, in terms of taste and texture. Well I started this blog to learn and grow as a baker, so every recipe, triumph or failure, will get me one step closer to that point.

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