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I bought a set of Germany alphabet cookie stamp from Japan few years ago.  The cookie / biscuit recipe was all in German, so I threw the box away.  I didn’t know it’s so difficult to find a sugar cookie recipe without using baking powder / soda (these will make the dough rise and the embrossed message will disappear).

If Google Translate was already invented at that time, I wouldn’t throw away the box!!

If any visitors happen to have a set of the cookie stamp and have the original recipe, can you please share??  The adapted recipe I have been using was okay, but I want the “Best” if possible.

From online search, I only know the company making the stamp is Staeder from German, and the model is called Brigette.

http://www.fancyflours.com/product/Brigitte-Message-on-a-Cookie-Text-Stamp-Only-Set/Birthday-themed-cookie-cutters

 

 

Easter Cookie with Alphabet message

Easter Cookie with Alphabet message

 

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I originally wanted to make bacon mushroom cauliflower pasta for potluck yesterday.  I always think making pasta involves so much cleaning:  a big pot for cooking pasta, then another big wok to sautee all the ingredients, then a coriander to drain the pasta.   With bad time management between feeding the baby and preparing ingredients when party is starting within 30 minutes, I decided to switch my cooking project.  With the chopped mushroom, cauliflower florets and onion, I will just make a simple healthy thick soup that doesn’t need cream to increase the calories.

I ended up needing minimal detergent to wash stuff:  no oil on my chopping board / coriander.  I boiled broth / water in the pan which just cooked cauliflower and scraped down all the brown stuff from pan-roasting.  The liquid carried over to the soup pot is richer than just plain water and I’m left with a relatively clean pot that was easy to wash.  Yeppie!

The only bad thing was, when I turned on the immersion blender to puree the soup, I woke EVERYBODY up:  my husband who napped for only 10 minutes, and my 6 months old baby girl, and my toddler from their not too long naps.  The machine was simply too loud.  Oops!

I forgot to take picture of the soup itself.  The next day I used the thick cauliflower soup to make pasta (back to my original project:  pasta!)

All I needed was to fry some bacon, add some broccoli to the last 3 minutes of my cooking pasta, and extra herbs and salt.  What a healthy alternative to a can of mushroom!

Bacon Broccoli Pasta using Cauliflower Mushroom sauce

Bacon Broccoli Pasta using Cauliflower Mushroom sauce

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My parents love peanuts.  In Asia, peanut allergy is unheard of, but it’s so common here in North America.  Whenever I made glutinous rice balls, I only use peanut fillings instead of the more common red bean paste.  I still have to come up with the perfect recipe, especially when all the recipes out in the internet have such big difference in the powder to liquid proportion.  After a couple trials, this proportion is pretty good in terms of stickiness and sweetness.  Also, I never like to wash too many stuff.  So using microwave is perfect for a lazy bug like me.

Glutinous rice ball

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