Apr15

Strawberry Orange Cream Puffs

I love it when the trees get green, and the bluebonnets begin to bloom! It means spring has arrived, and with it all kinds of light and fruity desserts that I so adore. Keep your pumpkin spice and gingerbread, I will take fresh berries and sharp citrus any day! Right before I went in for shoulder surgery in February to repair a torn rotator cuff I jotted down a list of recipe ideas to make when I was better. I had a huge brainstorm...

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Feb27

Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I just finished writing my 5th cookbook. It has nothing to do with the recipe I am posting today. The book is all about Asian cuisine, and I have included recipes and information about Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisine. I am telling you this because all I have been cooking for the last few weeks is Asian food, and this little blogger needed something sweet as quickly as possible. It also happens that this craving for...

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Dec22

Honey Roasted Peanut Chocolate Chip Cookies

It there anything better than a peanut butter cookie? I am not sure that there is. They are rich, moist, nutty, and they have a subtle savoriness that balances the sweetness making them easy to eat. When it is gift giving season I bake tons of cookies to give as gifts, and peanut butter cookies are among the most requested. I may not know your taste in clothes, perfume, or music, but I know cookies are almost always greeted with great...

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Nov25

Kerrygold Aged Cheddar with Irish Whiskey Spread and Dubliner Crispy Cheese Crackers

I love Kerrygold! A few weeks ago the nice people at Kerrygold offered to send me a package stuffed full of grass-fed cheeses and butters in exchange for two blog posts that featured their products*. As I said before, I love Kerrygold, so I was more than happy to participate! For November they wanted me to create a Kerrygold cheese and meat board featuring Dubliner with Irish Stout, Aged Cheddar with Irish Whiskey, Aged Cheddar,...

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Nov19

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Fluff Pie

Anyone who knows me knows I HATE the pumpkin spice trend. It is everywhere! You can’t escape it, you can’t hide. I have seen it in coffee, coffee creamer, cream cheese, chips, tea, chocolate bars, air fresheners, personal care products (really, REALLY personal), whipped peanut butter, and in mass produced cookies of all kinds. It starts showing up sometime in September and doesn’t go away until mid-December. I think,...

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Nov04

Dark Chocolate Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is a Southern staple. In the South – and Texas especially – food is love, and nothing says, “I love you!” better than banana pudding. Is your neighborhood having its annual pot luck supper? Count on at least one banana pudding. Did a friend or relative lose a loved one? Taking over a banana pudding is a lovely gesture to help comfort the bereaved. Is it your birthday? Banana pudding is ALWAYS...

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