Chubby Hubby Peanut Butter Pie 2.0

This isn’t my first attempt at a Chubby Hubby Peanut Butter Pie; however, this is the new & improved version of it. Other than a traditional pb&j sandwich, I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter.  HOWEVER, my husband and kids have peanut butter running through their veins.  Peanut butter candy, peanut butter ice cream, peanutContinue reading “Chubby Hubby Peanut Butter Pie 2.0”

Strawberry-Rhubarb-Blueberry Pie

For this year’s National Pie Championship, I knew that I wanted to make a fruit pie, but I also knew that it couldn’t be an average fruit pie. It had to be amazing. We are fortunate enough to live in the dead center of the state, right in the middle of prime citrus, strawberry, and blueberry growing,Continue reading “Strawberry-Rhubarb-Blueberry Pie”

Civics & Lasagna

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, … -Declaration of Independence, 1776 As a parent, multitasking is a requirement and knowledge of all subjects is a prerequisite. When our childrenContinue reading “Civics & Lasagna”

What My Stepmom Taught Me about Spaghetti

It’s no secret that I never attended culinary school.  All that I know was learned in the kitchens of my mother, grandmother, and aunt. They taught me how to bake bread, cakes & cookies, how to make jams, jellies & marmalade, and most importantly, how to follow a recipe. 

Summer Pound Cake with Plums & Nectarines

Ohhhhh….summer is coming!  Granted, spring has barely begun, but I saw my first peach, plum, and nectarine displays at the grocery store this past weekend.  Besides going to the beach, one of the best things about summer is the fruit.  I LOVE peaches, plums, and nectarines. Last summer, I bought so many that I mixed themContinue reading “Summer Pound Cake with Plums & Nectarines”

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 theContinue reading “Guava Bars”

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 beContinue reading “Harley’s Winning Red Velvet Cake”

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 forContinue reading “Aunt Martha’s Carrot Cake…SOLD $600”

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.Continue reading “Creamy Coconut Custard from the 2008 National Pie Championships”

A New Take on the Sticky Bun…Guava & Dulce de Leche Sticky Buns

I saw a recipe on line last week that boasted pizza dough in 20 minutes, so I filed it away and figured that I would test the idea at some point this past weekend. When I decided that I wanted to try out guava in my cinnamon rolls, that became the perfect opportunity.

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