Sep05

Elotes Grits with Chili Lime Shrimp

Have you had elotes? I have discovered that I love and ADORE elotes. For those of you who have not had the pleasure, elotes are a Mexican dish made up of corn – either on the cob or cut -slathered with a mixture of Mexican crema, queso fresco, and other seasonings like lime, cilantro, and hot sauce. My first experience with elotes was at a dingy little cart outside a gas station taco stand in Dallas. Classy, no? The woman who...

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Aug13

Pimento Beer Cheese Pie Bites

Do you prefer sweet or savory? It has been a little while since I posted something savory. As much as I love sweets, I love savory more! When I was little I used to love savory appetizers and bite-sized treats – especially if they feature cheese! My mother used to make cheese crackers during the holidays that I would start anticipating from the moment the Thanksgiving turkey hit the oven. When I would go out to brunch with my...

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Aug07

Coconut Butterscotch Toffee Blondies

Someone told me today, “Wow, you look happy!” I AM happy, and evidently it shows! It has been a while since someone told me I looked happy. Frankly, outside of my home life, I have been terribly unhappy. What’s worse: I allowed it. How sad is that? I opted for the ‘safe’ path – the secure job at a place that I now see was bad for me. Why did I sit on my laurels? Because it was easy not to change....

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Jul24

Peanut Butter Oat Cookies with Chocolate Fluff Filling

Have you ever wished you could change your life? If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you know that for the last 9 years I have been working at a job that I did not love. I spent some time last month talking to a very good food blogging friend and he made me realize that if I am truly serious about making food and recipes my future I needed to get on the stick! So, I left my old job and have taken a part-time job three days a week....

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Jul12

Peach Pecan Bread Pudding

Summer is in full swing, and to me that means parties! Well, kids, this blog post is part of a party – a virtual pot-luck – sponsored by Lucky Leaf! You remember them, right? They sent me to Camp Blogaway* earlier this year. While I was at camp I asked a few other talented bloggers to create some fun recipes perfect for summer picnics and pot-lucks all using Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Fillings. If you want to see the other...

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Jun13

Chocolate Glazed Coconut Cake

Do you think the person you are today would make the 8 year old you happy? I have been contemplating this question, wondering if the child I was would be truly happy with the adultI have become. Would the little girl who dreamed of being an opera singer be content with writing recipes and shooting food porn? Could 8 year old Kelly understand the complexities of life, love, and change? I’d like to think she would be, upon deeper...

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