Jan31

Crab Jalapeno Hushpuppies

I love hushpuppies. I mean, who does not like golden grown, deep fried balls of delicious cornbread?  When I was growing up we had them with fried fish and shrimp dinners and they were the item I ate most greedily.  These days I make hushpuppies for all sorts of occasions and I have found they make an excellent appetizer, especially if I add a little seafood directly to the batter. These hushpuppies are very rich.  Lump crab meat is...

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Jan28

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

When I have a bad, or stressful day, or when I have an especially good day, I like to treat myself. In the case of this recipe I was having a bad day.  It was the last day of a rather bad week, actually and I was in need of something really evil to sooth my nerves.  This recipe was inspired by a brownie that I saw in a coffee shop a few months ago.  It was a walnut brownie with a walnut chocolate chip cookie baked in the center and it...

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Jan26

Grilled Shrimp and Cheese Grits

Over the weekend I went to Food Blog South, a celebration of Southern food and Southern bloggers. This first time conference was, overall, a wonderful experience and I highly recommend those interested in the food culture of the South to consider attending their next event.  Our lunch during the conference was a favorite of mine – grits!  We  had three options for topping the grits: green beans, braised pork cheeks, and Gulf...

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Jan20

Jalapeno Cheddar Pigs in Blankets

Ok, sometimes you need things … I am serious when I say need. A few days ago I was discussing pigs in blankets with some friends on the Twitter.  It became apparent to me that, despite our love of the finer things, a good old-fashioned pig in a blanket could reduce us to children.  Happy, and often naughty, children.  (Linda, I’m looking at you!)  When a desire strikes, who am I to say no? My little piggies, all natural...

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Jan18

Raspberry Nutella Bread Pudding

I will admit, I am always looking for new ways to eat Nutella. It is probably one of the tastiest spreads out there, and I will admit to occasionally eating it straight from the jar.  No, not my proudest moments.  Anyway, I have been up to my eyeballs in pies this week so when it came time to bake something sweet just for me, and not for testing, I decided Nutella would have to be involved. This is a variation on a traditional English...

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