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Moerlein Lager House & Pork & Tomatillo Stew

We live far from the lights, action, hustle & bustle of a large city, so our kids have never seen true skyscrapers, taxis, or even mounted police officers.

Desserts Uncategorized

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie…in December?

When I was asked if I could make a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie for friend as a Christmas gift, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to find fresh fruit. Even though I live near the Strawberry growing capital of Florida (Plant City) and I see the fields already producing fruit, I usually think of strawberries as …

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Spicy Corn & Crab Chowder

Given the summer like temps that we’ve had recently, we need some cooler days and night.  For the first time this season, it’s finally supposed to get cool/cold tonight. As soon as the temperature drops below 70, many Floridians break out the chili making ingredients, and chili is great…I LOVE chili!  However, how about something …

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Forget the Cookies & Ornaments…Round 2

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post about holiday gifts for teachers, the boys and I have been doing this for 11+ years, and I don’t think we’ve ever repeated a project.  Several people have mentioned having teachers who were diabetic, and as a diabetic, I can relate.  We are inundated by sugary sweets during the …

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Not Your Typical Holiday Dessert…Brandied Caramel & Pecan Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I’m a baker, and I have been since my first 4-H cooking class when I was 8 years old.  Before I could boil pasta, I could make yeast bread and orange marmalade.  Before I could cook myself a meal, I was baking award winning cakes.  I’ve learned a lot since then.  I no longer have …

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Chubby Hubby PIE…

Yes, gentlemen, it really does exist! A cookie crust filled with more chocolate chip cookie, caramel, chocolate, and pretzel pieces, and topped off with massive amounts of  peanut butter! People constantly ask me how I’m able to bake all the things that I make and be a diabetic at the same time.  I always say, “it’s …

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Ean’s Award Winning Cake…Chocolate-Peanut Butter Explosion

As previously mentioned today, boys should be taught to cook.  Boys should, not only be able to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but they should also be able to prepare dessert. When Ean first decided that he wanted to bake a cake for 4-H, I asked him to decide the flavor and style.  Then, I …

Just My Thoughts... Kid-Tested Mains Uncategorized

Boys Can Cook Too!

Maybe it’s because I grew up with a brother who could, and still can, cook anything he wants or needs.  Maybe it’s because I cook, and I only have sons. Either way, I have a firm belief that both of my boys should learn to cook and be comfortable in a kitchen.  Sadly, too many …

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Mini Apple Pies with Hard Cider Glaze

For some reason, I love small, individualized desserts.  Maybe it’s because they’re so personal; maybe it’s because they’re perfect platings.  Either way, I love the fact that each person gets their own little masterpiece…not just a slice of a beautiful work of art.  

Breads Kid-Tested Uncategorized

Looking for kid-friendly kitchen project? Try Bread-in-a-Bag

The first time I ever made bread, I was 8 years old.  My granny and I made a pineapple quick bread.  By the time I was 9 years old, I’d graduated from quick breads and learned to make yeast bread.  My aunt was the 4-H adviser in our community, and my granny had been a …

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