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Piece of Cake…

I like to cook but I’m a crappy baker. Baking is science: I got a D in first-year bio in college.  Precision (which baking requires) is just not my thing. But today is Caleb’s birthday; I don’t know how or where to find a store-bought cake in Abu Dhabi and his instructions (chocolate in the middle, vanilla on the outside, marshmallows on the top) would’ve defied my procuring abilities even …

Take-All-The-Fun-Out Cookies

I needed sugar cookie dough for Christmas cookie decorating.  Had already had a morning of cooking dementia–pot of soup, two loaves of bread–and no way in hell was I making dough from scratch.  Ran to the store and got Betty’s sugar cookie mix, which actually tastes reasonably home-made (probably due to the fact that you add an entire stick of butter to the mix). We all know, of course, that …