Wayward Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Wayward Chocolate

Today’s recipe comes courtesy of Wayward Chocolate, an artisan chocolate company located right here in Austin, TX. Aside from the fact it’s from Texas, Wayward Chocolate is unique in that it’s enriched with antioxidants.  Ingredients in Wayward include  rosehips and berries sourced from Alaska; and one Wayward chocolate is said to have  as much antioxidant…

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Caramel Cake and Caramel Icing

Caramel Icing

Caramel cake is a southern specialty, but I didn’t discover it until well adulthood. That introduction came via The Cake Mix Doctor’s Caramel Cake. It’s a doctored cake mix cake topped with a quick caramel icing made with confectioners’ sugar.  It’s a wonderful cake, but  I wanted to try a more authentic caramel icing and…

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Chocolate Layer Cake With Chocolate Icing

Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake — Throw All Your Other Recipes Away! Just kidding.  Keep all your chocolate layer cake recipes as they are precious little gems, but try this one too. If you like cakes that are dark, dense, and moist, it may become your new favorite.

Monkey Bread with Garlic

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread Goes Italian! Monkey Bread may seem like an unusual choice for an Italian meal, but we had company last night and I wanted to partner the lasagna with something a little more interesting than garlic bread.  A savory version of Monkey Bread, which is usually made in a Bundt pan and often called…

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Favorite Pie Crust Recipes

Favorite Pie Crust Recipes

Favorite Pie Crust Recipes — Because I Could Never Pick Just One A friend asked me to name my favorite pie crust recipes, so here’s a list of my current top picks. These are the ones I turn to when I have to make a pie and can’t screw it up. For a shortening crust, Ruth’s…

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Caramel Cashew Bars For The Holidays

Caramel Chews

Caramel Cashew Bars — A Blast From The Past! I was going through old posts trying to find interesting yet sadly forgotten about recipes and found Caramel Cashew Bars.  How did I forget about Caramel Cashew Bars? Everyone is crazy about them and they are super easy. They have a layer of brown sugar flavored…

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Terry’s Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Apple-Oatmeal Muffins

Today’s recipe is from Paulding & Company, a Bay Area catering business run by culinary instructor and chef, Terry Paulding.   Along with offering a full range of catering services, Terry Paulding and her daughter, Tracy, host  team building classes, cooking parties and kids’ cooking camps in a converted warehouse kitchen in Emeryville.   Based on…

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Apple Pie with Buttermilk Crust

Favorite Pie Crust

Pie Crust That Taste Like a Biscuit! I made this pie yesterday to make our new little house smell good and to see what a buttermilk crust would taste like. I love buttermilk biscuits, so I imagined a crust made with buttermilk would taste like a big biscuit and have a flaky texture. And it…

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Cream of Coconut Dream Bars

Dream Bars

After discovering what I think will be our new Key lime pie recipe for now and forever more, I realized that after making the pie I was always going to be stuck with a half can of cream of coconut. That’s not a bad thing, but it means I need to have a few more…

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Cream Cheese Brownie Pie

Cream Cheese Brownie Pie

Cream Cheese Brownie Pie – ‘Tis the Season! In our house it’s always pie season, but now that it’s *really* pie season, here’s a recipe I think you’ll like. Or maybe you’ve tried it? This one’s an oldie, but it’s a recipe I tend to forget about just when I need it most. It’s easy…

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Soft Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

After making this week’s Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream Squares and using half a can of pumpkin, I needed a recipe to use up the second half of the can. These cookies were the result. They have a cream cheese filling that’s baked on top, and then swirls of cream cheese icing are piped out over…

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Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream Squares

Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream Squares

If you like the idea of pumpkin at Thanksgiving, but aren’t too crazy about pumpkin pie, a pumpkin ice cream dessert is a nice alternative.  You get your pumpkin, ice cream and cookies all in one!  The only thing missing is chocolate, but if you’re like me you’ll find ways to make up for it.

Key Lime Pie Recipe With Cream Cheese

Key Lime Pie Slice

Best Key Lime Pie in the Country? Could this be the best Key lime pie in America? I don’t know, but it might just be a contender. Our family loved it (it kind of reminded me of Fleming’s Steak House Key Lime Pie), and the American Pie Council awarded the recipe 1st place in the…

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Peanut Butter White and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter Chunk

One of our Sunday rituals is a trip to Trader Joe’s, where we scout out cheap wines, see what’s new and load up on favorites.  Fuzz likes TJ’s lentils, Todd’s pick is the frozen roasted corn, and my personal favorite is Trader Joe’s Salted Peanut Butter.  It took me a while to get used to…

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White Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Candies

white-chocolate-pretzel

This recipe was inspired by a creation from Beth Royals, a contest cook who enters and wins hundreds of cooking competitions. Not surprisingly, she made it to the finals of the upcoming Bake-Off with one of her clever ideas. For this candy/snack she took a roll of pie dough (the sponsor product) and cut it…

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Vienna Coffee Pie And Slice Solutions Pie Pan Review

Vienna Pie Slice

It’s nice when a new kitchen gadget actually does what it’s supposed to do, which is why I am dedicating this post to the Slice Solutions 9-Inch Sectioned Pie Pan Set. It’s a 9 inch pie pan with a top and bottom that separate in springform fashion, and has a divider insert that you put…

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