One Bowl Apple Snack Cake

One Bowl Apple Snack Cake

Apples are one of fall’s most iconic foods. Raw, dried, sauteed, simmered, baked, jammed, jellied, pressed into cider or juice, or cooked down into unctuous butter – apples are an awesome addition to your autumn kitchen repertoire. Of all the apple dishes that may come to mind, Apple Pie is perhaps the most iconic.  However, sometimes I want a simple apple dessert. Not much is as easy in the kitchen as a one-bowl cake! Read on to learn how to make my One Bowl Apple Snack Cake fragrant with warm spices that’s good for breakfast, snacking, or topped with something decadent for dessert. (more…)

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

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Pumpkin and pumpkin spice is everywhere. The flavor has permeated the food and lifestyle scene. From cereal to coffee to candles, it is the flavor for fall. Granted, many of us are ready for 2020 to be in the rearview mirror, but it seems that PSM started showing up right after the 4th of July! The great news is that this winter squash can be both a delicious and healthy addition to your menu — and it pairs well with chocolate! What’s not to love?! Read on for more….

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Healthy-ish Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes can pretty much solve all the world’s problems. Well, that might be a stretch. Ok, it’s flat out not true. I will say, however, that sometimes it feels like it could be true. Chocolate Cupcakes are the culinary equivalent of a dog wagging its tail — simple, clean pleasure. They cause children to beam with joy and can bring out the kid in fully functioning, (overstressed and anxious) responsible adults. Read on for more info about my healthy-ish Double Chocolate Cupcakes that are lighter in calories and fat, but double the chocolate flavor. You’re going to love them! (more…)

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Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Raspberry No Bake Cheesecake Trio

It’s hot. Need a dessert? “No-Bake” is the way to go! I hardly want to turn on my toaster, much less the oven.  I’m sharing a recipe for a refrigerated no-bake cream that is super flexible and adaptable. First up, it’s served solo, a veritably virtuous Raspberry Yogurt “Mousse.” Pour the cream into crisp chocolate cookie crust and it is transformed a delicious, but not too decadent Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake. And, for kicks and giggles, you can fill a mold lined with slices of sweet cake for a modern yet still pretty fancy Charlotte Royale. Ooh, la la. One filling three ways — and something to satisfy everyone!

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How to Make Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

Look at those luscious Georgia peaches! During peach season I love eating them fresh as well as making jams and jellies. Each and every summer Mama peels and slices the peaches and packs them into sealable plastic freezer bags. Most often, they appear later in the year as a topping for Angel Food Cake. Angel Food Cake is a classic cake and one of my favorites. Did you know it is a low fat cake? It’s practically health food. Ok, that part’s not true, but it is a really good cake and as far as cake goes, it’s one of the more healthy cakes. And, that’s why you can feel positively virtuous and still serve it with those beautiful Georgia peaches — and decadent dollops of whipped cream.

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Snickers Chocolate Pudding Cups

Snickers Pudding Cup

 

“You got peanuts in my chocolate!” “You got chocolate in my peanuts!” Well, who cares, right?! It’s all good. I’ve got a combination that is going to blow your mind. Rich, dark, and creamy chocolate pudding meets bittersweet caramel and salty peanuts. It’s a flavor combination reminiscent of a Snickers Bar. Snickers are hands-down, my favorite candy bar. It’s been my favorite candy bar for as long as I can remember. Chocolate, caramel, and peanuts are a confectionery trifecta like no other – and now I’m putting that combo in a pudding cup. Check it out.

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Make-Ahead Almond Crumble Peach Tart

Make Ahead Almond Crumble Peach Tart

It’s peach season!   I grew up in Macon County, adjacent to Peach County, home to The Big Peach, a glorious seventy-five-foot tall peach mounted on a hundred-foot tall pole. When I was in high school, my school breaks were dictated by the season, as many of my classmates were the sons and daughters of farmers. I know and love Georgia peaches! The best way to eat a peach over the sink, with sweet juices running down your wrists. Peaches are serious business in Georgia. (more…)

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Easy Butter Cookies

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This recipe is so simple and quick! And, best of all during these trying times, it’s flexible. I baked them three ways: immediately after assembling, straight out of the mixing bowl; scooped the dough into balls and chilled them before baking; and chilled the dough in the mixing bowl before scooping and baking, as well. All three baking techniques were a success! These buttery bites are also amenable to being rolled in various things or topped before baking.  Tender, buttery, and crisp all at the same time. No rolling or shaping into logs. These Easy Butter Cookies are the cookie you need in your go-to list of recipes.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Soft Serve Frozen Dessert

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Believe it or not, I am hesitant to call this decadent bowl of delicious dessert chocolate ice cream. It looks like chocolate ice cream, scoops like chocolate ice cream, is cold and creamy like chocolate ice cream, even tastes *a LOT* like chocolate ice cream, but there’s nary a drop of cream. There are no eggs and sugar, either. The big news is that it may be one of the most favorite techniques I have discovered in the kitchen in a long while! (more…)

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Mama, Faith, and her Classic Poundcake

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Mama, it’s a word that is veritably primal, one of the very first words tiny human baby mouths and brains can conjure. I am a Mama’s girl through and through. Anyone that speaks to me more than a couple of paragraphs essentially knows I love my Mama. She and I have always been very good friends. We’ve spent a lot of time together in the kitchen! She has a sweet tooth and is famous for her poundcake, French butter cookies, and peanut brittle. My love of food and cooking took root in the kitchen with Mama. (more…)

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