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Guava Bars

Guavas are common tropical fruits cultivated and throughout tropical and subtropical regions, especially the Caribbean. Psidium guajava (common guava, lemon guava) is a small tree in the Myrtle family, native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America (Wikipedia). Although related species may also be called guavas, they actually belong to other genera, such as the …

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Harley’s Winning Red Velvet Cake

In the south, there is nothing more quintessentially “Southern” than a red velvet cake. Sadly, too many people think that any red colored is a red velvet cake.  It is not. A proper and true red velvet cake isn’t simply red; it MUST have buttermilk, cocoa powder and vinegar  A true red velvet cake will be …

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Aunt Martha’s Carrot Cake…SOLD $600

As a cake judge at the county youth fair, I refuse to judge cakes made by my students, family members, or even friends of the family. I always taste them, but I never judge them.  As a judge, I’m sure that I could be objective.  I was trained by well respected judges and having judged for …

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Creamy Coconut Custard from the 2008 National Pie Championships

The first year I entered the National Pie Championships, I was awful.  No, I was beyond awful.  I’d watched a special on Food Network about it and arrogantly thought, “I can do that!,” without ever considering that I’d never made my own pie crust before.  After that first disasterous year, I read, practiced, and studied pies. …

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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 …

Desserts Uncategorized World Food Championships

Orange Natilla (na-tee-ya) Custard Pie

My first trip to World Food Championships  was in 2013.  I was excited to go, but to be honest, I was completely skeptical about the experience.  I knew going into it that I would not do well.  I wasn’t a professional chef; I had no formal training, and I would undoubtedly be out classed. Before …

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Winning Cake…Coastal Coconut Cream Cake

My son learned to bake 3 years ago. Since then, he has had 3 award winning cakes, one for every year he has entered our local youth fair. His first year, he baked a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream and tons of chopped Reese’s cups. He desperately wanted to be original, and even though …

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Inside Out Peanut Butter Kisses…aka Little Debbie Swiss Roll Stuffed PB Cupcakes

The challenge was…use Little Debbie Snacks to create a dessert that kids would love.  My first question is, ‘is there a dessert that kids don’t like?’ My second is, ‘Little Debbie’s aren’t considered “dessert”?’

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Beer + Sugar = Beer Syrup = Liquid Gold

A few years ago, we had the good fortune of meeting one of the most talented and innovative caterers in the Tampa Bay area. John LoScalzo of Loko Cuisine was catering the monthly brunch at Cigar City Brewing and selling out every month.  What first caught my attention were his “Beer-mosas,” which combined your choice …

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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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