Desserts Uncategorized

Pumpkin Overload

I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones, and pumpkin risotto, but I hate pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin coffee creamer, and everything else that has taken the humble pumpkin and turned it into something completely unnatural.  So now, let me say that I feel like a complete hypocrite. 

Desserts Uncategorized

Buttercream is a Food Group

Disclaimer: My husband is a health nut.  He works out every day…running, weights, bike.  He’s lost 100lbs, and his only vice is…BUTTERCREAM!

Breads Breakfast Desserts Uncategorized

Old Fashioned Southern Tea Ring

As a young girl growing up in the south, going to church socials and covered dish luncheons was nothing unusual.  Whether it was the monthly, after-Sunday-service lunch or a holiday social, the ladies of the church always put their best dishes forward.  As a foodie from birth, I have always associated food with people and …

Mains

Apricot Turkey Kebabs on Naan with Summer Slaw

I find inspiration in supermarkets.  I LOVE the new wave of supermarkets that have come about over the past decade.  The focus on fresh, local ingredients and the addition of olive bars, wine tastings, and even beer growler filling stations in supermarkets excites me more than you can imagine.  When we go to Ohio to …

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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

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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 after …

Desserts National Pie Championships

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 favorite …

Mains

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, …

Breakfast Just My Thoughts... Mains

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 my …

Breakfast Food Preservation

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 having …

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