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Apr28

Baked Potato Salad

Last year I visited my family in Houston and while I was there I had my first taste of Baked Potato Dip.   It is a concoction of sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon bits, green onions, and cheddar cheese which is served with salty potato chips.   Overall the dip is pretty tasty and I have made something similar at home, with fresh cooked bacon in place of the bits, and everyone who has tasted it enjoyed it.  Now, let’s fast forward to...

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Apr26

Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

I had the opportunity, thanks to Natalie at Natalie’s Killer Cuisine, to be a part of a Dallas Food Bloggers Pot-Luck Lunch.    She has a write up of the event on her blog, which you can check out here, and aside from a whole lot of good food, there was a whole lot of fantastic company.  We discussed food, blogging, photography, and life in general.  It was wonderful to connect with other local bloggers and learn about their...

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Apr22

Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Chip Blondies

I had a craving for coconut the other day. As it happens, I had some coconut in the pantry.  I also had some chocolate chips and my mind began working.  I ultimately decided on blondies.  For versatility, flavor, and general appeal you really can not beat a blondie.  Toss in some toasted coconut and some chocolate and you have a rich dessert, or a super indulgent snack. Toasting the coconut is key to getting the most nutty flavor from...

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Apr19

Zinfandel Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Polenta

I am something of a comfort food junkie. I have discovered, over the last year, the delightful bliss that is polenta.  I have also discovered that I am passionately in love with chicken thighs.  So, when I was craving something rich, creamy, and comforting the other night I decided to take my two new comfort food favorites and combine them into one dish. The braise for the chicken thighs is rather short, but chicken cooks fairly...

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Apr15

‘Big Evil’ Cheeseburger

I have fond memories of fast food from childhood. I did not get fast food all that often (thanks mom for always cooking for us!!) so I remember it being a special treat, or something we had when we were short on time.  When I was very small I would get kids meals, the happy kind, but when I grew older I would get the burger that sported two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese … you know the one?  I was enamored of...

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