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Big Game Snacks: Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

The BIG GAME is tomorrow night. Are you making snacks or like my husband suggested, picking up sushi take out? Seriously, he suggested picking up sushi take out and watching the game, so that I wouldn’t have to cook for a game that I cared nothing about.  I love that man! Well, regardless of my …

Desserts National Pie Championships Uncategorized

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cream Pie with Amaretto Cherries

2016 National Pie Championship Chocolate Cream Winner It’s funny how things happen when you least expect them.  I’ve been competing in the National Pie Championships since 2008 and a professional since 2015.  Going into this year, I knew that my chances of winning anything are low.  There are some AMAZING professional pie chefs, especially Evette …

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Strawberry Season = Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones

I am fortunate enough to not only live in the citrus belt of Florida, but to also live close to the strawberry fields of Plant City and the Florida Strawberry Festival.  For weeks leading up to the start of the fair, workers line the fields picking berries, and volunteers spend days cutting them for the strawberry …

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Herbed Cream Cheese & Pork Tamales

I was born and raised in the south.  We hunt, farm, and fish as a matter of necessity, and most of what we eat is fried and smothered in gravy. We eat at the dinner table, and family meals and get-togethers are of Olympic proportion. 

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Bacon & Citrus Pizzas

Let me begin by saying, yeast bread dough is probably the most versatile “ingredient” you can learn to make.  Basic yeast dough can be turned into so many different meals.  From cinnamon roll breakfasts to pizzas, yeast dough can become sweet or savory with the addition/deletion of flavorings and fillings.  

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 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 …

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