Saucy Mama Cuban Egg Rolls With Pulled Pork & Creamy Garlic Mustard Slaw

A while back, Saucy Mama asked food bloggers to use some of her AMAZING products and create new & interesting recipes.  I may be a Southern girl, but I’ve never been one to limit myself to only Southern dishes.  In fact, I prefer ethnic dishes, and I don’t limit

Barb’s Chocolate Cherry Bread–a Holiday Tradition

After my husband & I met, he had one simple request our first Christmas together–to make his mother’s chocolate bread. I’m not sure if he was excited to be dating someone who could bake or if he was testing me.  Either way, the chocolate bread worked, and we were engaged less than a month afterContinue reading “Barb’s Chocolate Cherry Bread–a Holiday Tradition”

Recipe Testing NEVER Ends

Each year, around December, I begin making test pies for Christmas and the American Pie Council‘s National Pie Championship. Sometimes they are good, and sometimes, they are complete disasters. For whatever reason, I love using cream cheese, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. This year, at my husband’s request, I’ve made him a pie using his favoriteContinue reading “Recipe Testing NEVER Ends”

Steak & Potato Empanadas

Growing up in Central Florida, I have always LOVED Latin Food.  In fact, I would choose an Ybor City deviled crab roll and a Cuban sandwich over a cheeseburger any day of the week.  Most Latin food in our area isn’t from one specific country.  It’s more of a cultural  hodgepodge of Caribbean islands, Spain,Continue reading “Steak & Potato Empanadas”

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Breakfast & Dinner

With a full-time teaching career, a baking business, 2 ADHD kids, 2 dogs, 20 chickens, and an active husband who loves to travel as much as I do, I’ve had to learn ways to cook efficiently and creatively. I believe that it’s my responsibility to feed my family…and feed them well.  I believe that myContinue reading “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Breakfast & Dinner”

Eli’s Citrus Jelly

I was born into the citrus industry.  My grandparents owned orange groves; my mother planted her own small grove at our house; my stepmother even works for Florida’s Natural Orange Juice; I learned to clean and assemble Micro-jets before I could drive. However, not one time in my adult life did I ever consider havingContinue reading “Eli’s Citrus Jelly”

All American Apple Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

In one of our date night cook offs, my husband and I decided to make grilled cheese sandwiches.  After we had our fill of savory sandwiches, I  had the idea to attempt a dessert grilled cheese using Sara Lee Pound Cake as the “bread.”  In the end, we didn’t make one dessert grilled cheese; weContinue reading “All American Apple Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

2013 National Pie Championship Sittin’ on a Sandbar Key Lime Pie

In the summer, we spend quite a bit of time on a stretch of sandbar between Boca Grande & Little Gasparilla Island, just off the coast of southwest Florida.  As a kid, we spent summers on the island.  As an adult, I’ve gotten married on the island, taken our kids to the island for vacation,Continue reading “2013 National Pie Championship Sittin’ on a Sandbar Key Lime Pie”

Pumpkin Risotto with Cinnamon-Cumin Chicken

For the season-less of us (you know…those of us living in Florida where seasons never really change), fall and winter are brief moments, and the only way to enjoy them is to create our own experiences.   Even though it never gets really cold in Florida, we look for ways to create autumn meals.  IfContinue reading “Pumpkin Risotto with Cinnamon-Cumin Chicken”

Bacon & Cheddar Scones

First and foremost, let me say, “I LOVE SCONES.” I’ve never been a sweets person, but I love bread, especially hot bread.  Years ago, when I first discovered the warm, flaky, creamy goodness of scones, I knew that I needed to learn to make them. Well, several recipes later and a whole lot of “test”Continue reading “Bacon & Cheddar Scones”

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