Oct26

Toasted Coconut Truffle Cups

You know I love chocolate, right? What I do not love is how commercial candy is loaded with processed, synthetic, and downright yucky ingredients. So, when you love candy like I do you can either stop eating candy, or you can make your own. Guess which option worked best for me? My friend Andrew over at Eating Rules is hosting October Unprocessed again this year and thousands of people have taken the pledge to eat better and live...

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Oct10

Pomegranate Chocolate Swirl Cupcakes

Sometimes nothing but a cupcake will do. There is something appealing about a pretty little cake that is just for you. With large cakes you feel almost obligated to share because they are big and meant for sharing. Let’s be honest, who wants to be the person who ate the whole cake? And what about AFTER you eat the whole cake? Anyone? But, a cupcake can be greedily devoured in its entirety with no guilt or remorse all by...

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Sep17

Cinnamon Apple Pecan Bread

I am a deeply impatient person. When I set my sights on something I want it as quickly as possible. And, if that goal happens to be one I have set for myself nothing less than perfection will do. This compulsion can be a good thing – I am driven and proactive. However, when things go wrong, my impatience and drive can lead me to some very dark places. I tend to be pretty hard on myself if a recipe I am testing takes more than...

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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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