Pecan Buttermilk Fudge

Buttermilk fudge

I cannot make candy ! My husband loves divinity and I have never had any luck with it.   When I bought my Kitchenaid mixer I had this idea of grandeur thinking that with a new mixer that I could now make divinity.  After three attempts in one day I just gave up.  I’m just not a candy maker.  When I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit all my failures from making candy  just disappeared from my memory.  I can do this.    It looked so delicious. It can’t be that difficult.   Finally for me success at making the best Fudge ever!   This is a great candy for the holidays.  Use it for gifts or just eat it all yourself.   To top it off it is really easy.  You’ll just need a candy thermometer.

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Carrot Cake

 

Carrot Cake

I saw this cake in Cook’s Illustrated a couple of years ago and was so intrigued with the method of putting it together.  I just had to try it because it makes serving cake so easy and the cake is so beautiful.  You could do this with any of your favorite cakes.  I can see it done with maybe a yellow cake with a beautiful fudge frosting or what about a coconut cake for the holidays?  The only problem that I had with this method is getting it out of the pan without tearing the layers. Only because I did not have large cooling racks.  If you have those then you are good to go.  If you don’t  I’ve  got that one covered for you.   Freeze the cake in the pan after it cools about 10 minutes.   After about an hour or when the cake is good and firm.  Place  a cutting board or a large cookie sheet over the frozen cake and turn it out.  Remove the parchment paper and cut into 4 equal pieces.  Then you are ready to frost it up.

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Snicker’s Brownie Cake

Chocolate goodness

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate makes everything better.  This Snicker’s Brownie Cake proves that even on a rainy day there is some sunshine.  I didn’t change a thing about it.  The recipe is perfect as it stands.  It might be the meringue you fold into the chocolate that makes this so heavenly, or the chocolate and butter  melted into one beautiful bowl,  or the 10 Snicker’s  fun bars  you sprinkle on the top .  Any one of these could put this over the top, but together it is a masterpiece to enjoy.  Put this at the top of your list to make during the holidays to impress your chocolate loving friends.  You will not hear the end of it.  It is without a doubt the best brownie I have ever had.

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November 19, 2015 · 12:00 pm

Thai Chicken Soup

Thai Chicken Soup

Paris we are with you!

The weather is getting cooler so you’re going to  need some new soup recipes to pull out and this one is a winner.  I really mean that it is an A+ guaranteed to knock your socks off recipe!  I had something like this in Carrollton at Highlands Deli and could not stop thinking about then lo and behold Kathy from Noble Pig posted this recipe.  It is to die for.  I have made it at least 5 times and slurped it all up by myself.  Delish!

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Mocha Balls

Yummy bite

It’s already November and I can’t believe it. Seems as if it was just yesterday that I quit my job of 42 years.  You want to know what I have been doing for the last six months?  Absolutely nothing.  Just basking in the morning, noon, and afternoon quiet.  I’m loving my unstructured time.  Now back to the real reason you are here.  It’s for this chocolate recipe I know.    You really need to make these!  Pronto.  They are very easy. I know you want to make them so get in the kitchen.

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Monster Cookies from Paula Deen

Monster Cookies

My niece came to visit last summer and brought cookies along with a sweet baby.  We loved both the cookies and the baby!  Her baby boy is so cute.  I hated to see them leave, but will forever remember the visit as well as my first encounter with Monster Cookies.  These things are dang good!  During the summer I was on a mission to find the recipe and here it is.  Paula Deen’s recipe from one of her cookbooks Paula Deen and Friends.   It is ironic that my niece picked up the cookies from a bakery in Savannah which is the home of Deen.

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Halloween Peanut Butter and Toffee Candy Bark from Bon Appetit

Candy bark

Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate?  It is one of my favorites from ice cream to candy and when I saw this 5 years ago I saved it.  Yes, I know it’s been a long time coming.  I love this recipe if you even want to call it a recipe.  It’s so easy to throw together.  Just give yourself  time  to chill it either in the refrigerator or if you are in a bigger hurry use the freezer.  To make it a little festive try bagging it in clear bags and tie with some orange and yellow ribbon. Then surprise your friends with a bag of bark.    Keeping two pounds of this at my house is not a good idea , if you know what I mean.  Happy Halloween!

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Biscuit Beignets

Biscuit Beignets

In the mood for some Beignets, but you can’t swing the trip to New Orleans to Cafe du Monde  in the French Quarter? Here’s the next best thing. These are from one of my favorites from Southern Living made with Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits. They are a real treat and super easy. Give yourself 10 minutes and you can be sipping your coffee, eating your beignets and feeling as if are in the center of it all in NOLA.

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Key Lime Pie Cake Balls

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Want a recipe that  will make you look really good in the kitchen?  Here it is.   These cake balls are not as complicated as they seem, but you will need to cut yourself some slack. If you are an impatient person as I tend to be  step back and take a deep breath.   Have yourself a book to read or some laundry to do while  waiting for them to cool, because there is a good bit of down time.  The end results are totally worth it!

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Garlic-Herb Pasta

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Publix and I are best friends.  When you spend hours at the grocery store as I do you have to love the place.  I love their apron simple meals and have used them on this blog and have prepared them for my classes many times with great results.  This Parmesan-Crusted Chicken that I discovered this summer is a keeper.  Anyone that can boil water and turn on the oven has got it made.  Plus the meal is so delicious.  By the way for all of you that are interested school starts for me two weeks from today.  Where has my summer gone?  So I’m digging in and enjoying every last minute.

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