RECIPE: Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Cake

Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gooey Cake



  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

cake layer

To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well.

pumpkin filling

Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

pumpkin gooey cake!

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Tapioca House in Houston, TX

Tapioca House
9104 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX

the front

with so many choices in chinatown for Boba, how did I end up here? This place is known for their soft and flavorful boba (or tapioca balls or pearls). I went with taro which is my favorite.


they serve hot plates and boba drinks. i was not impressed by the sign that was charging extra money for various things (an additional 50 cents if you ordered an iced coffee without ice?)

taro boba tea

the taro drink was delicious and i gotta admit, the boba was really good quality.

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Star Ice In Houston, TX

Star Ice
9889 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77063

the front

this place seems like a hang out for the younger crowd. when I was here, there were teenagers at almost every table.

lots of fresh fruit to choose from

i was pleased to see the enormous selection of fruit toppings. very impressive.

avocado smoothie and jasmine tea

the jasmine tea with boba is what they are known for and it was refreshing with a kick to it. the avocado smoothie was disappointing and flavorless.
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Goode Company's Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie

Brazos bottom pecan pie, named one of Oprah’s favorite things, is a homemade recipe created in 1977.

cool box

This homemade, slow-cooked pie is a Goode Company specialty, packaged in a commemorative gift box reminding you to “thank your lucky stars you’re in Texas”… and that someone sent you something so delicious. I was fortunate enough to receive a complimentary pie in the mail and let me tell you what a joy it was to open the package and see the wooden crate.

pecan pie

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’ve probably got one thing on your mind: holiday shopping. (With what to serve beside your turkey a close second, of course.) Goode Company – best known throughout the country for their delicious barbecue and Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie – is hosting an all-day Cyber Monday promotion, full of hourly deals on all of Goode Company’s most sought after items.

On Monday, November 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., you will find a new deal every hour on the hour ranging from free barbecue sauce with purchase, 25% off of that delectable Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie and surprise gift card giveaways..  

To become a true Goode Company insider and to learn about the deals before anyone else, we encourage those interested to sign up for our newsletter at Here, they will be able to see the very first deal of the day at 7am, as well as learn more about Goode Company deals happening after Cyber Monday. Bargain-seeking BBQ fans will need to like us on Facebook and follow @GoodeCompany on Twitter to see each deal as it becomes available each hour throughout the day.

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Il Me Jung Korean BBQ in Houston, TX

Il Me Jung Korean BBQ
10017 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

the front

this place had falsely inflated reviews on yelp and I was very disappointed with this establishment and yelp. it seemed like a lot of asians liked this place and so I thought sure, why not. but the prices were ridiculously high for the quality that was served. the restaurant itself is very small and the service can only speak Korean.

seafood pajun

the seafood pancake was alright. really large and lots of seafood in it. the batter itself was pretty generic. it was nice that they gave us a lot for the price.


i had asked them to make the soondooboo (soft tofu stew) extra spicy. my table and i agreed that this was definitely not a spicy soup. the rest of the meal was not as great for my wallet.

korean bbq

our table ordered 3 types of meat because our waitress told us that each meat plate was individual serving size. the samgyubsal (korean bacon) was only 3 slices, so I agreed with her on that one, that it was only for one person. the dwehigogi (spicy marinated pork) was definitely enough for multiple people. they gave us a ton of it and it tasted quite good. the Kalbi was my favorite but it cost $23! it cost so much for the little amount they gave us.

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Juice Box in Houston, TX

Juice Box
9889 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX

the front

this is the place to go to for shaved ice. for under $10, you can get a refreshing, fruity dessert.

shaved ice w banana, mango and strawberries

i had the mangoes, banana and strawberry with a scoop of strawberry ice cream. i was surprised by the condensed milk which worked nicely to hold together the ice shavings. the fruit were all very fresh. this is an excellent treat on a hot summer day.

shaved ice

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RECIPE: Spicy Korean Fried Shrimp (Kam pung shrimp)

20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 egg white
corn starch
baking powder

cloves of garlic
dried cayenne pepper
olive oil
1 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 T of cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon of hot pepper oil

mix shrimp w egg whites


add in cornstarch


deep fry shrimp


combine sauce ingredients



 Some other seafood recipes:
bruschetta with shrimp
honey ginger grilled salmon
salmon cakes
salmon in chipotle sauce

RECIPE: Sliders

When the grill is medium-hot, brush the grill grate with oil to keep the sliders from sticking. Place the sliders on the grill and cook for 4 minutes. Turn the sliders over with a spatula and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until medium-rare, or cook longer if you prefer the sliders more well done. For the last 2 minutes of cooking time, place 1/2-ounce Gruyere on the top of each burger and close the grill lid. Remove the sliders to a platter and cover with foil.

raw patties

Slice the buns in half crosswise and toast the halves cut side down on the grill.

Divide the baby arugula among the 12 bottom buns, top each with a slider, and finish with a slice of tomato and red onion. Cover with the top of the bun and serve hot with ketchup.