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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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Texas Peach Cheesecake
Sep04

Texas Peach Cheesecake

Summer is pretty much over. Let’s have one last peachy hurrah! I have made this cheesecake about 6 times this summer for various birthday’s, special occasions, and parties. It disappeared in record time! This is a dense, silky cheesecake with a very creamy center. If you love peaches,  you will be happy to know peaches are truly the star here, featured on the top and pureed into the filling. This is great after dinner, or...

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Japanese Milk Bread
Jul22

Japanese Milk Bread

Last November my husband and I spent the week of Thanksgiving in Tokyo. The first few days we were there Mr. Shenanigans had to work, so I took the opportunity to visit different neighborhoods in Tokyo, tasting different foods and soaking up the culture. Once his work obligations were complete we moved into a little apartment in the quietly hip neighborhood of Shimokitawaza. First thing I did after we dropped our bags was head over to...

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