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Friday, October 31, 2008


cookie carnival :: october round-up!

it's carnival time again!

for october, we made MINI-PUMPKIN WHOOPIE pies! yes! they were my attempt at something autumnal and maybe even a fun halloween party treat. the recipe comes fom Martha and i'll give you the link here, rather than posting the recipe myself. i highly recommend you go and check out her video demo as COOKIE MONSTER himself is her guest. and he rocks. of course.

i have to say, i enjoyed these cookies a lot, but had some issues with them. i found the pumpkin aspect to be sort of. . . token. there's just not enough pumpkin flavor. i added some more to it, but i still didn't feel it packed enough of a pumpkin punch. i couldn't go too far, because i knew the filling would become runny, sooooo.... i think i would prefer a different flavor filling. as otheres felt as well. that being said, the cookie part was AWESOME! it was so tasty and cakey and sort of devil's foodie. awesome. i think others agreed with me on that.

so, without further ado, here's the round-up. thanks to EVERYONE who played along this month! i so love having each of you doing this with me. i'm excited about november, too.

remember the photo appears ABOVE the person who took it.


jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes had this to say, "They're super cute and make for a nice take-along for the holidays feeding frenzies. I might try them again with a different filling. The cake/cookie was lip-smacking good."
i couldn't agree more about the lip-smacking part. true. true. read the rest of her post here.

donna of Not That Kind of Troll said she would rather have had a filling more buttercreamy than cream cheesy. . . i think she's right on. read her post here.

michelle of Something New is Cooking had this to say, "These cookies were absolutely delicious! The recipe was easy to follow and not very time consuming at all." read her post here. (no pic)

kamalie of Simple Food had this to say, "Too much chocolate (I can’t believe I’m saying that) and not enough pumpkin." read her post here.

julie of Someone's in the Kitchen had this to say, "I would absolutely make these again with a different, stronger flavored filling. Peanut butter, strawberry, and mint come to mind."
i bet strawberry would be heavenly! if she tries that, i hope she reports back! read her post here.

kirstynn of The Evans' Factor played along this month. go to her blog for her hilarious reminiscence of the Newlywed Game. her post is here.

mari of Mevrouw Cupcake has some fun pics of her friends chomping into these little beauties. read her post here.

carrie of Carrie's Sweet Life decided to make half her filling pink cherry so that she could submit her pies to the power of pink challenge blogging event. a great cause and a yummy alternative, for sure! read her post here.

natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies rode the carnival this month and serenades us with a little ditty. read her post here.

jessica of Mango Missives admits to ignoring the "mini" aspect of the recipe. she writes, "I wasn’t in the mood for mini. I wanted a nice full-bodied whoopie pie that I could stuff my face with."
now that's a stance i can get on board with! read the rest of her post here.

megan of Megan's Cookin'seems to be on the same page as jessica, "Mine were big enough that one would do ya. O.K, mine were big enough that half would do ya." read her post here.

pam of Cookies with Boys had this to say, "Honestly, I think these should be called Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin filling. So there."
i have to agree. it's easy to think the cakey part would be pumpkiny the other way....which it's not. read the rest of her post here.

michelle of Culinography found that after much delay in trying them, she liked the pumpkin/choco combo. (it is a strange pairing, but it does sorta work). read her post here.

though sara of My Sweetest Day could not use her pumpkin cookie cutters with these, she persevered! read her post here.

stephanie of Cooking In an Apron participated this month and enjoyed the results. head over to her blog and check out the picture of her sous chef. hee! cute! read stephanie's post here.

sue of Slice of Sueshe is pregnant! : )
oh yeah, and she baked the whoopie pies, too..... read her post here.

jen of Beantown Baker had this to say, "It only uses 1/4 cup of pumpkin, so it looks like I'm going to be making something else pumpkin-ey soon. I'm looking forward to that!" (i'm with her, i made pumpkin breas the next day.) read jen's post here.

yi of Workout then Cook totally changed things up and made spiced butter cookies rather than chocolate. she's a renegade! read her post here.

tammy of Wee Treats by Tammy had never made nor tasted whoopie pies before this. i love that the carnival is getting people to try new things! read her post here.

holly of Phemomenon did what we all wanted to do. she made peanut butter filling. YUM! i have to try that next. . . read her post here.

megan at My Baking Adventures is talking big about trying all kinds of other flavors of filling. i hope she reports in with her findings! read her post here.

kim of Monte Carte gave this review, "The combo of textures is also really nice, as the filling is very creamy and smooth; it balances out the cakiness of the cookie perfectly." read the rest of her post here.

stacey of Simply Tasty added all kinds of things in to this recipe--pumpkin spice kisses, chocolate chips. . . read about her results here.

amanda of Amanda's Cookin' made 3 different batches seeking the perfect pie. read her post here.

cristine of Cooking with Cristine had some issues with runny filling. but she didn't seem to mind because they tasted so dang good. read her post here.

tami of Tami's Kitchen Table Talk has never been a fan of whoopie pies. which is a foreign concept to me. but she made them anyway, because that's what carnivalers do! and hey! she liked them! bonus. read her post here.

arika of My Yummy Life. read her post here.

jin of Smell and Taste are my Memory. Read her post here.

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Food For Thought :: Book Club FAQs and Blogroll

if you have made it to this post, then you're thinking of joining up with Food For Thought. we'd love to have you, of course! faq's below.

here is our current blogroll:

melody of my trap door
tami of tami's kitchen table talk
jacque of daisy lane cakes
jessica of mango missives
arika of my yumy life
belle of muse in the kitchen
michelle of culinography
kerri of k&k's baking
sharon of view from my treehouse
guiltless glutton of glutire
jen of piccante dolce

here's the list of who will be picking books when:

december/january 2008/9 - tami of tami's kitchen table talk
february 2009 - melody of my trap door
march 2009 -
april 2009 -
may 2009 -


:: every month we read a book (sometimes we might take 2 months to do 1 book). on the chosen date, we all post our thoughts on the book. if there are recipes, we choose one to do. or we create a dish inspired by the book.

:: books are chosen by voting. each month a member offers 2 books for us to vote on as well as the posting date for that book.

:: on this page i will keep the blogroll as well as the list of who is picking books for which month.

:: to get on board, just comment here or email me (kate AT the clean plate club DOT net) and i'll add you to the blogroll. that's it! happy reading!

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Thursday, October 30, 2008


pie :: a crust to be proud of

the last time i made a pie it did not turn out so well. it *looked* good, but the crust was sub-par. it was tough. chewy. i was bummed.

then all this happened and i thought i was meant to make pie! and i was excited. but then the class got cancelled. and i haven't made a pie since. until this past tuesday night. i went to a class on pie making that was awesome. i mean, it was at a community colleges, so it wasn't any great shakes in terms of the kitchen. it was all fine, but nothing to write home about. the part that was awesome is that i totally learned how to make a good crust! and it was easy!

now, the whole way thru the process i kept looking at the instructor sideways in a sort of "okay, i'll do what you say, but. . . " and she was kind. and patient and had a die-hard "don't worry, it's fine" approach that i guess you only get after years of baking professionally. she bakes over 30 pies ever Thanksgiving. dude. that's a lotta pie.

so, i did all the things she said to do. all of which i had done before. cold butter. cold water. only add enough water so that the dough just holds together. then she dumped all about and began to do what i can only describe as delicate Kneading. really? kneading? aren't you supposed to be all gentle and like, barely handle the stuff so that it doesn't get all tough? apparently not.

next she launched into some speech about the butter making steamy pockets in the dough, which gives the flakeyness. ok. that's nice, but really, kneading?

she told me to finish it, then wrap it and put in in the fridge. done.

oh, i forgot to mention that i arrived about 45 minutes late after having gone to the wrong campus, having my car not start (at which time i called hubby and cried and babbled incoherently things like, "my one night out" "i'm such an idiot" "i never get out of the freaking house and then now this") and having to drive to the right place IN THE SNOW. yes, we had a freak snow storm.

so, everyone else is chopping apples for the filling and i'm just getting going. okay, so my dough is chilling. after my dough chills for maybe 10 minutes, she takes everyone else's out so they can begin rolling. and she takes mine out with them. now i'm freaking out because it hasn't chilled long enough AND i'm not ready to roll it out as i've only just begun to work on the apples.

when it comes time to roll i ask, "is it cold enough?" her reply, "oh yeah, it'll be fine." this lady is unflappable in the face of my freak-outs.

when i rolled out the dough and it seemed like there wouldn't be enough to do a double crust she was all, "no problem, we can make that work."

i began to realize that i needed this woman around at all times.

"the car won't start and i'm stuck with both the kids in the parking lot of the post office!"
"aw, no problem. it'll be fine!"

"the kids both have fevers and it's been days now. what is going on?"
"hey, no worries, it'll be a-o-kay."

"what if mccain gets elected?"
"we can patch that up, no problem!"

now, i was not at all convinced that this pie would taste any better than the last one and knew i would not be until i tasted it.

the class ended and we all took our pies out in the snowy weather to walk to our cars. ooooh...nice warm apple pie in the car. i could not wait to get home, but i had to drive slowly because it was snowing sideways and out my windshield it looked like going light speed in the millenium falcon.

i got home. threw off my coat, grabbed a knife and plate and fork, poured me a glass of cold soy milk and sat down. i couldn't believe my buds. i did it. my pie crust was SO yummy! it was not perfect, of course, but it was damm good. and i was proud. so proud that i'm giving you some pictures.i know it's not rocket science, but good pie crust has always eluded me. now, i only home i can do it on my own!

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foodie bookclub :: it's so ON!

okay, so the few of us who have decided to do this thing!

a book club is born!

we have come up with some options for the first book as well as the name of the book club. if you wanna join in, by all means, DO! send me an email (kate the clean plate club net) or comment on this post (make sure to leave an email address). please do not vote unless you are participating in the club.

those who have joined up so far are as follows:

me - the clean plate club
jessica - mango missives
jacque - daisy lane cakes
arika - my yummy life
natashya - living in the kitchen with puppies
tami - tami's kitchen table talk
melody - trap door

please check these out and leave a comment stating your votes (pick only one name and only one book, please!!)

1. BOOK CLUB NAMES that are far better than "foodie book club:"

:: Words To Cook By
:: Words To Eat by
:: The Culinary Words
:: Eating Our Words
:: Food For Thought

2. choices for the FIRST BOOK TO READ (this was hard! i said i would whittle the list down to 5, but i couldn't do it! this was the best i could do! but that's good. there's a lot of great books out there for us to devour:

Consuming Passions:A Food Obsessed Life by Michael Lee West
Food in History by Reay Tannahill
The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute by Michael Ruhlman
My Life in France by Julia Child
Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by Steve Dublanica
Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love by Lara Vapnyar
The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food

3. if you had it your way, would we decide every book by vote like this or would a different member choose the new book every month?

thanks! can't wait to get going. let's pick a book!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


wordless wednesday :: autumnal joy

Monday, October 27, 2008


foodie bookclub :: let's do it!

i think we have enough people who want to do this that we should get it going!

can we pull it together to start in november?? i bet we can. here's how i see it working--once we choose a book (see below for more on that) and an agreed upon window of time to read it. we pick a posting date and we all post ON THAT DATE, our thoughts about the book. i think i'd also be fun if we each chose a recipe (if there are any) and made one of the dishes (thanks melody for this fab idea).

i'll create a blogroll page on my blog so we have a master list as well as all the "rules" for joining. in your post, you will LINK TO that page, so that everyone can see who else is involved and read everyone's posts. this will be fun!

so, for those who want to join in, here's what i need from you:

:: a book title that you would like to see us read first (i'll list 5 for us to vote on)
:: your name and blog name
:: suggestions for a club name. . . foodie bookclub is just too boring. (heck we can vote on this, too)
:: finally, would you prefer a book per month or a book per 2 months, giving you MORE time to read it?

please comment (make sure to leave me your email address) or email me (kate the clean plate club dot net) with your reply by october 30th. on the 31st i'll post the book suggestions for all to vote on. then we can start reading in november! yay!


Sunday, October 26, 2008



the fabulous beth over at Total Mom Haircut came up with this idea to toss out some themes for her readers to blog about. the first of which is EXPLORATION.

so, here goes. . . and thanks beth for giving me something to think about. . .

my baby is approaching her toddler days. it should not be a surprise to me how fast she has swept thru her babydom. after all, i have been with her thru every moment of it. and yet i still feel hoodwinked by time.

that being said, she is right now in the biggest exploratory phase of her young life. it's a joy to watch her crawl across the room to get to the thing she wants. she can really cruise now and sometimes when i watch her i wince thinking it must hurt her knees to move that quickly, but she does it with a smile on her face. it seems like everyday she finds something new to check out. her latest fascination is with cabinets and drawers. she will look for any unlocked ones she can find in hopes of opening one up and emptying it's contents. sometimes to study, sometimes to just put everything back in an endless game of put things in/take things out.

right now, she's an omnimaniac. she loves everything. everything is new and exciting and to be considered heavily. of course everything goes in the mouth. i look at her and i think about what she will become. will she always be so into everything or will she specialize at some point? i think about myself and how i never specialized in anything. i think i have always been too scared to commit. what if i was no good. no risk = no fail. so, i spend my time delving into many things. many things i have loved. . . theatre, drawing, baking, cooking, and now attempting sewing and knitting. none of these am i really GREAT at, i don't think. there is nothing i do that people would say, "oh, you need that? well, you gotta get kate, she's the best!" about.

and i wish for my daughter that she explore everything. and then, maybe settle down and specialize in something. anything that makes her heart sing. and really give herself to it knowing that she can do. really do it. and it will be great.

i think sometimes about the movie Moulin Rouge. . . I life lived in fear is a life half lived. and it's startling to think this might be me.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008


foodie bookclub?

i may have mentioned before that i'm not an avid reader. i read mostly magazines (and blogs, of course). i love Gourmet and Real Simple and Fine Cooking when i can shell the cash to buy it.

much to my chagrin, i've just never really been a fiction reader. sure, i've read some novels, but not many and they are few and far between. i'm much more a reader of real-life. i've wondered for many years why this is. what is it that draws me to the biography or true tales? i'm not sure. i guess i just like to connect with people who are really out there in the world. i like to hear about life. real life and what people have been through or reasearched.

in a recent issue of Real Simple there was an article written by Steve Almond (yes, a GUY actually wrote for RS!) and it just cracked me up totally. i read nearly the whole thing aloud to hubby because i could not stop laughing. so, of course, i googled him. and i found a book he wrote called Candy Freak.


this was right up my alley.

i am now about 3-quarters of the way through it and it's just awesome. i admit to being a tad disappointed when it turned from memoir-of-childhood-candy-obsession to history-lesson-and-tour-of-regional-candy-makers, but i stuck with it and am glad i did. his writing is loose, but not careless. it's funny and sarcastic and spot-on. i love his style and maverick (o yes i did) sensibility.

i encourage you all to check it out.

and this got me thinking about reading and how much i loved Ruth Reichl's books (Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples, & Garlic and Sapphires) and how much i want to read other food-related books like The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.

would a foodie bookclub be of interest to anyone out there!? all i need is a couple of buddies and i'm in!


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Saturday, October 18, 2008


getting peppy

there was a time when i was addicted to the Food Network. it was bad. i would watch just about anything that came on, (except the southern lady. cannot stand her. and mario is a love with himself for me) but everything else i would watch (this is one of the major factors in our decision to nix cable tv. mommy couldn't. step. away.....)

we came up with nicknames for just about every one of the "celebrity chefs." rachel ray became "peppy rachael ray" and then, just "peppy."

last christmas hubby got me this book. and just last week i finally broke it out. now, my issue with rachel ray is her short-cuts. most people love this about her. i just don't like adding the processed foods (like jell-o) into what i am making. and it's a little too "cutesy" for me, but that's just me. that being said, i have found some really great recipes in here.

the first one we tried was "pasta and trees." the trees of course are broccoli, but given that we didn't have any, i used green beans. it was just as good, i think! and my kids won't eat the broccoli, so there you go.

if i posted the recipe, would the peppy police come after me???

i intend to keep delving into this book to see what other treasures i can find. but tell me, do you have a favorite kid cookbook?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008


car talk :: the magic of fall

so, i'm not sure why, but lately when we are in the car me and bb (the 4Y.O.) and i have the best conversations. he's really become such good company!

on the way to school is the best. it's early. it's quiet and everything is new again.

a couple of days ago he said, "mommy, how do the leaves change color?"

"i'm not sure. what do you think about it?"


"well, i think that there must be an animal who lives inside the tree....not a big animal, animal like a dinosaur, but a small nice one like a sheep or a racoon and they come out and take all the leaves and bring them into the tree and paint them, then put them back out!"

of course.

i love his imagination.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008


autumnal yummies :: apple crisp!

a couple of days ago we finally got out and did some serious apple picking. it was a GORGEOUS day. the sun was out. clear skies. 67 degrees. perfect.

all the way there and all the way home all we could talk about was the yummy things we were going to make with them. the first up on the list :: apple crisp. a must for all New Englanders.

and it must be had with *good* vanilla ice cream. which i promptly sent hubby out to get as soon as the desserty goodness came out of the oven.

here's our recipe. (handed down from generations.....or adapted from 2 different recipes i found online).



3/4 cup a.p. flour
1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not the quick-cook kind)
3 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


:: preheat oven to 350 degrees. in a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar and salt. cut butter into flour, using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. add oats, stir into clumps. put bowl in the refrigerator while you prepare the apples.

:: in a shallow baking dish toss the apples and cinnamon. sprinkle with topping mixture. bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes. let cool 10 minutes before serving. scoop into bowls and top with vanilla ice cream.


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Thursday, October 9, 2008


autumnal yummies :: pumpkin bread!

i love the foods of fall. apples. cinnamon. turkey and stuffing. cranberry sauce. soups and stews. homebaked breads. pie!

i love squash, but have never been a big fan of pumpkin. when pumpkin pie appears at a thanksgiving dessert table, i pass. when pumpkin soup is offered, i decline. it's just not one of those flavors that i really enjoy. the only place i can eat the stuff is in a quick bread or muffin. and since i had some left over organic pumpkin puree after this month's cookie carnival challenge (i actually did it early this time if you can believe that!) i decided to bake some. and man-o-man was it gooooooooooooood.

made the house smell all cinnamony and warm. it's like insid
e hug, i tell you. here is the recipe we used with our changes noted.

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar ----we used only a cup...actually just under. and it was plenty sweet!
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup nut oil, such as walnut or almond or
    sunflower seed oil ----we didn't have any on hand, so i used canola
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg ----we omitted
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates ----we omitted


Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl, whisk to
gether the sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs and oil until smooth, about 1 minute.

In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and beat until smooth and well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. The batter will be thick. Using a large rubber spatula, fold in the dates just until evenly distributed, no more than a few strokes. Do not overmix. Spoon the b

atter into the prepared pan.

Bake until the top is browned and crusty and develops a long center crack, 60 to 70 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf should come out clean. ----ours took much less time. more like 50-55 minutes. so set that timer a little early!

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Unmold the loaf onto the rack and let cool completely. Serve at room temperature, cut into thick slices.

we enjoyed ours with cream cheese, raisins and toasted walnuts! so yummy.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008


cookie carnival :: september round-up!

at long last. . . the september round-up!

this month the carnival busted out some sandwich cookies. Martha style--PINK GRAPEFRUIT SANDWICH COOKIES to be precise.

i have to say. after all my complaining about grapefruit. i liked these cookies. i mean, i didn't think they were fabulous. i thought the filling was waaaay to sweet and the cookies didn't have a distinctive enough flavor.

yes. i'm actually saying it. i think they should have tasted more grapefruity. i can't believe i just typed that. but it's true.

let's find out what y'all thought about them, shall we? (remember that the photo appears *above* the info about the blogger.)

first up i must thank Mari of Mevrouw Cupcakes. this recipe was her suggestion. and i always appreciate the suggestions so keep them coming.

mari agreed with me on the too-sweet-not-enough-citrus opinion. she also made a batch of lemon ones in addition to her grapefruit ones. and she tells the story of how and why that happened--which is a great read--in her post here.

reyrena of Happy Cows decided to spruce up the tops of the cookies-- "I sprinkled the tops of the cookies with raw sugar and some red sugar since they reminded me of broiled grapefruit from my parent's era." read the rest of her post here.

adam of Baking with Dynamite joined us this month. he's our first guy! yay! we did it ladies, we got some male energy into the carnival. read HIS post (and more of his fabulous blog) here.

natalie of Snooky Doodle Cakes decided to nix the grapefruit and go with orange (can't say i blame her). she also colored her frosting and it certainl looks yummy to me! read her post here.

sara of My Sweetest Day had a heckova time with these cookies. the sad part: they burned. the happy part: she used sea animal cookie cutters! read her post here.

kamalie of Kamalie's Food had this to say (and so far, i think she speaks for most of us), "Overall, they were an okay cookie, but not something I’d beat the doors down for." read the rest of her post here.

megan of My Baking Adventures went with orange rather than grapefruit. and she did what i would do in that case and used chocolate filling. such a good combo! read her post here.

natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies had this to say, "I have never made sandwich cookies before - not counting sticking a scoop of ice cream between two leftover oatmeal cookies, so I was happy to try something new." read the rest of her post here.

mary ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen did something YUMMY. she used grapefruit mousse in her cookies. and her photography is so pretty. she didn't send me a pic so there is not one here. i could grab one, but you should go see for yourself! check out her post here.

sheri of Cookingmom said, "These are a pretty cookie, but I don't think they taste anything like grapefruit. They just tasted like a regular sugar cookie, only extremely sweet." WORD, sheri. i'm so with you. read the rest of her post

stacey of Simply Tasty is funny. she had a sort of grumpy time making these cookies, but ended up loving them. her post made me totally snort! read it here.

for another chuckle-worthy post, check out jessica of Mango Missives. "I have never been a die-hard grapefruit fan. Some of my friends in college tried to make me curb my cursing habit by making me take a drink of grapefruit juice everytime I swore. Sadly, taking a sip of grapefruit juice only made me swear more." read the rest of her post here.

kirstynn at The Evans Factor writes a hilarious post that i'm not even going to try to talk about here. she's funny! read here.

lynn at Bites and Pieces quickly realized that the sour of the grapefruit is not a problem in this recipe! read her post here.

tara of Tara's Tempting Treats is thinking about future variations, "I will definitely use this as a base again to make some different flavors and fillings. I am envisioning PB filling/choc. cookies, pumpkin filling w/ cinnamon cookies....any kind of fruit fillings...yum!" read her post here.

jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes writes a really amusing post about whether or not to like Martha. and she has this to say about filling her cookies. "I cheated and piped my icing on. I knew they would look like poo if I used a spatula." brilliant idea! read her post here.

steph of Steph Chows played along this month. read her post here. and while you are there, find out what "Poose Cookies" are!

april of Abbey Sweets had this to say, "There is not a strong grapefruit flavor to them, and I am sure that you will like them!" read her post here.

carrie of Carrie's Sweet Life played along this month after missing August. we're glad to have her back! read her post here.

christine of Cooking with Christine had this to say, "It's Martha. It has to be good." Nope. Not good. They are actually sitting in my trash can as I type this." them's fightin' words! it's true. Martha does not know everything. read christine's post here.

arika of My Yummy Life had this to say, "Initially I was apprehensive, and I'll admit it, a little disappointed as I think grapefruit is a vile vile bitter angry evil being, but I was oh so pleasantly surprised with the results." read the rest of her post here.

that's all for September. THANK YOU to everyone who participated! it was wonderful to receive emails from you all. see you in October!

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