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Desserts featured World Food Championships

White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding

My particular bread pudding recipe comes from days of dessert prepping for the 2014 World Food Championships where I would need to create a “New Orleans-themed” dessert in less than 2 hours.

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Busy Mom’s Guide to Southern Comfort Food…Chicken & Dumplings

Nearly every country and culture has their own version of chicken noodle soup.  In the south, chicken noodle soup is  a bit different.  Our chicken & dumplings, aka “chickn’ dumplins”, is a serious matter.

Appetizers & Snacks featured Kid-Tested Mains

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches aren’t just for kids anymore

Let’s face it; on the comfort food scale, grilled cheese sandwiches rank pretty high. They’re great regardless of the season; they can be eaten alone or with a bowl of soup; they have endless possibilities.  And, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them.

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Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

As a diabetic, I don’t eat a lot of sweets.  Yes, I bake.  Yes, I know the definition of irony. However, I do have 2, maybe 3, weaknesses…dark chocolate ice cream, key lime pie, and pound cake. My mom says the chocolate ice cream comes from my grandfather dipping my pacifier in it to stop …

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Granny’s Sunday Sausage Casserole

After a weekend of below freezing wind chill, a week at the county fair, and 2 days of rain, I desperately needed warm comfort food…FAST! I love soup, but sometimes, soup, stew, and chili are over-done.  For whatever reason, when it turns the slightest bit cold, everyone (myself included) runs to the store to get chili-making …

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Preparing for Ireland…Dublin Coddle & Brown Soda Bread

Our first trip to Ireland was in 2012, for our 2nd anniversary. We’re returning this summer, but we’re planning a bit of a different trip.  Instead of touring the company through a tour group, we’ve rented a farm house/cottage in Graiguenamanagh, the Village of the Monks, and we’ll drive ourselves (and my parents) around the country. …

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Chicken Pot Pie meets Chicken & Dumplings

I plan a weekly menu of meals every Sunday before I go shopping. For the most part, I know what we’re having for breakfast and dinner every day, and there is no uncertainty. There is no “what are we going to have for dinner? conversation. ” Like the kids, I thrive on routine and organization, …

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Bourbon Sugar Snickerdoodles

I may have unplugged and cooked minimally while on our trip to Savannah, but I was constantly processing ideas, writing recipes, and trying new products. One of the coolest things about Savannah is the friendliness of the shop keepers and their willingness to let you sample EVERYTHING they make.  I’ve ventured into The Spice & …

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Finding Inspiration on the Road…Savannah (updated with punch recipe)

In addition to cooking, we travel…A LOT! Travelling so much isn’t a bad thing; there is so much to see and drink and taste. It’s one inspirational experience after another. The first thing to understand is that we refuse to eat in any chain restaurant. There are so many amazing independent and creative restaurants in …

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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.  If …

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