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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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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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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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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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