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It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, they say. Well, livin’ may be easy, but hanging out in the kitchen on a hot Texas day is not so much. If I’m going to turn the oven on, it has to be before 9 o’clock in the morning. That means these scones are good for breakfast–even in the summer, especially when you’ve made them ahead of time and can pull them out of the freezer. Recipe and more after the jump

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Cornmeal Dinner Rolls (1 of 1)

The shape of these rolls takes me back to the brown-and-serve rolls my mother-in-law used to serve on holidays. She liked to split them straight out of the oven, just enough to cradle a big hunk of butter (probably margarine now that I think about it).  The melty and messy butter made those cheap grocery store rolls memorable…and sinful beyond redemption.  Click here for more.

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Do you like to make your own pizza at home? If you tried and weren’t entirely happy with it, here are six tips I learned from working in research and development for a national pizza chain a few years ago. Click here for more.

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Southwestern Stuffed Potatoes

My kitchen is still undergoing minor renovation as I mentioned in my last post. Meanwhile, my bulging freezer is my friend, especially when these stuffed potatoes have been stashed away for times like this. Of course, they are best when freshly made, but I always make a lot so I can freeze the extras. This recipe is ideal for using up that 10-pound bag of potatoes you haven’t been able to consume in a timely manner. Recipe and more after the jump

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Painted faux-stone fireplace

Original stone fireplace before paint

Before: the original faux stone fireplace in all its goldy-orangey glory. What you can’t see to the left is my shiny black grand piano–not so good with rustic rocks.

A dry spell has come over my kitchen here lately. I’ve been painting my fireplace, among other things. The orangey gold color of those fake rocks is no longer the boss of my den. I wanted a neutral color that would look cleaner with my favorite black and white color scheme. Because of the mysterious shiny finish on the old fireplace, I primed it with a white latex from Sherwin-Williams. Then I applied Annie Sloan’s French Linen chalk paint to add texture and a little bit of color.

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