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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Dec28

Beer Cheese Crackers with Beer Cheese Spread

Well, how was your 2012? All-in-all, mine was pretty fantastic! My mom survived a medical scare, and this is what I am most grateful for, but other bright spots include the release of my two latest cookbooks, speaking at Camp Blogaway and BlogHer Food, and discovering that  – after cleaning out 12 garbage bags of clothes and shoes – I CAN keep my closet organized! Who knew? In the spirit of ‘out with the old and in...

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Dec13

Cranberry Bourbon Christmas Cake

I’m not going to lie … this is a highfalutin fruit cake. Every year I make a fruit cake.  I find I really like them around the holidays.  There is something comforting about a booze soaked slice of cake which has been festooned with fruits and nuts.  (Yes, I said festooned.  It is a great word and we do not use it often enough I think.)  I know they are not popular and are usually derided as inedible, but that is the kind...

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Thanksgiving 2011 Round-up!!

So, Turkey Day is on Thursday and I wanted to offer up a few suggestions for appetizers, side dishes, and desserts for those of you out there who are still working out those big feast menus.  Tomorrow I will be posting a recipe idea for those left-over mashed potatoes, but until then here are a few recipes  (can you BELIEVE it is almost over??) that might make your Thanksgiving spread a little more Evil! Cream Cheese Pancakes with...

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