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Baked Eggs with Homemade Sausage and Grits
Dec31

Baked Eggs with Homemade Sausage and Grits

There is something magic about food. The last few weeks have been somewhat difficult for me.  Nothing too extreme, but I have had a fair amount of work related stress, the stress of Christmas Day, and I am coming up on my first deadline for the next book.  Needless to say, I have been a little distracted.  Food makes a wonderful escape for me.  I am able to get into the kitchen and sort of lose all the baggage that is otherwise...

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Chocolate Mint Filled Shortbread Snowballs
Dec15

Chocolate Mint Filled Shortbread Snowballs

Get ready, I am going to get my whine on.  I know it is the holidays, but I am not feeling it. First off, my tree is 99% decorated.  I am afraid of heights, and my tree requires the use of a ladder to decorate the top.  I have not screwed up my courage (or the energy if I am truthful) to get the ladder out and brave what will be almost certain death.  Second, I have only one batch of cookies baked.  Usually they are all packed up in...

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Cranberry Bourbon Christmas Cake
Dec13

Cranberry Bourbon Christmas Cake

I’m not going to lie … this is a highfalutin fruit cake. Every year I make a fruit cake.  I find I really like them around the holidays.  There is something comforting about a booze soaked slice of cake which has been festooned with fruits and nuts.  (Yes, I said festooned.  It is a great word and we do not use it often enough I think.)  I know they are not popular and are usually derided as inedible, but that is the kind...

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Chocolate Chip Coconut ‘Awesome’ Bars
Dec07

Chocolate Chip Coconut ‘Awesome’ Bars

I was kind of half joking on Twitter when I said that I would call these ‘Awesome Bars’. It turns out they are really quite awesome so I felt no qualms about adding it to the title.  So, what are ‘Awesome Bars,’ you might ask?.  Well, they are a dense, buttery cake bottom with a VERY rich cream cheese topping loaded with coconut, chocolate chips, and some crisp rice cereal.  The cereal does not really add any...

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