Chocolate Italian Wedding Cupcakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

These cupcakes were born of necessity. Originally this batch of cupcakes was intended to be a full fledged cake, but due to my rather appalling laziness the pans I had intended to use were dirty when the urge to bake struck.  When I say dirty I mean stuck on, needing a good soak, burnt on sugar dirty.  I was forced to formulate a plan ‘B’ as I was not in the mood to wait until the pans were clean.  Digging through my pans...

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Double Dark Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cookies

The last few days have been a roller coaster ride for me. The biggest positive of the week … Everything Pie is written!!  Going in I knew writing a book would be a challenge, but it was more difficult than I expected.  The rewards of this experience are numerous, but the biggest lessons I take away from it are that I am more dedicated, disciplined, and creative than I ever thought.   The big news now is that the publisher has...

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Christmas Cookie Round-up – Part 2

Last year I gave you all a round-up of cookies perfect for the holiday season … and I plan to do the same again this year!  I mean, what is better than contemplating cookies to help you get over your turkey hang-over? Next week I will be posting my entry for Challenge 8 of Project Food Blog – and trust me, you do not want to miss that – as well as a few more ideas for using up any left-over turkey.  I have all sorts...

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Chocolate, Coconut, and Red Curry Crème Caramel

Things are going to get a little freaky-naughty. While I was in Seattle attending IFBC I had the opportunity to try various kinds of Theo Chocolate.  One particular flavor, the Coconut Curry Milk Chocolate, was astoundingly good.  I’m not kidding when I tell you it was the best bar of milk chocolate I had ever tasted.  There was creamy, sweet milk chocolate, crisp flakes of coconut, and a subtle spice from the red curry.  Bliss...

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Coconut Mango Rice Pudding

What do you do when you have a mango approaching over-ripeness and a half a can of coconut milk? I don’t know about you, but I turn it into rice pudding!   Mango and coconut are a perfect flavor match.  I love, for example, chunks of ripe mango with some toasted coconut scattered over the top.  For a while I considered making a coconut pudding with mango chunks in it, but that seemed sort of boring.  That is when I considered a...

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