Nutty Irishman Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting

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A twist on the popular Nutty Irishman coffee served commonly as an after dinner drink, these Nutty Irishman Cupcakes taste just like it!  Topped with a creamy buttercream frosting spiked with Bailey's they're a festive way to toast the irish this St. Patrick's Day. It's snowing again.  All I keep thinking to myself is "15 days until spring."  It can't come soon enough.  I'm sick of the cold, tired of the crunchy ice under my feet every time I walk outside, bored with the gray trees and … [Read more...]

Easy Lobster Bisque

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Rich and decadent, Lobster Bisque is the perfect way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.  Easy to make and inexpensive, your special someone will think you spent hours in the kitchen.  Lobster is fancy pants.  It is.  If someone serves you lobster, in any form, you tend to gasp a little.  Even if it’s just an internal gasp but it’s there.  You’re a little impressed.  Unless you’re allergic to shellfish then your gasp has a completely different meaning.  But other than the fact that your … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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Two favorite cakes combined into one towering dessert, this Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting is bright and festive.  A great dessert to share with anyone you love. I made you a cake.  It's another gigantic cake and I couldn't decide which flavor to make so I made both....in one mammoth cake mashup.  What do you think?  Do you think it's big enough? My grandmother used to make a red velvet cake when I was like 2 feet tall.  I loved it....it was my favorite cake … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Oreo Truffles

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Limited Edition Red Velvet Oreos are crushed beyond recognition in a food processor, mixed with cream cheese and rolled into little bites of bliss.  Then they're coated in white chocolate and decorated for Valentine's day making these Red Velvet Oreo Truffles the perfect gift for your sweetheart.  Or the perfect gift to yourself.   I found them!  Red Velvet Oreos DO exist and I found them at my local grocery store.  I've been waiting for them since their rumored existence in the fall. … [Read more...]

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

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Extra cheesy, creamy and tangy....Pepperoni Pizza Dip is just like your favorite pizza without the crust. Serve this treat at your Super Bowl party this Sunday and your guests will be hooked after the first bite. Like any normal person, I'm a pizza lover.  I like it all, any topping, any cheese, sauce, no sauce, veggies, meat-lovers....I will eat just about anything.  Put an egg on it....I'm there!  But I don't always love the crust.  Scratch that....I don't like the crust at all.  When I … [Read more...]

Death by Chocolate Layer Cake

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Layers of fudge brownie, mocha mousse, chocolate meringue and rich ganache make up this chocolate lover's dream cake.  Death by Chocolate Layer Cake is the ultimate special occasion cake. Do you know what today is?  National Chocolate Cake Day!  I've been saving this recipe for just this occasion.  The first time I made it was to take to my new husband's parents house for Christmas.  I saw this cake on a show called The Best Of back when The Food Network was still young.  The Best Of was … [Read more...]

Champagne and Garlic Braised Chicken Thighs

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Inexpensive chicken thighs are given the royal treatment in this recipe.  Champagne and a ton of garlic are used to braise crispy-skinned thighs until they're tender, juicy and fit for a king.     It's snowing.  Which is cool but I'm wondering if the forecasters called this one correctly.  It was supposed to snow overnight and then start again around noon.  At least that's the last I heard and that was last night around 11:00.  Now I'm watching Peter Rabbit and forced to check the … [Read more...]

Pimento Cheese Spread

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Sharp cheddar, Colby Jack and cream cheese are blended with spices to create this classic Southern staple. Pimento Cheese is easy to make and crazy addictive. Pimento Cheese is one of those foods that looks kind of mysterious. I was a little scared to try it the first time it was served to me. We were visiting my mother-in-law, who just happened to live in South Carolina at the time, and she served Pimento Cheese as part of a cheese platter. There it was, heaped in a bowl...kinda … [Read more...]

CopyCat Milk Bar Birthday Cake

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Funfetti cake stacked sky-high, filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with crunchy Funfetti crumbles.  This is the ultimate birthday treat you will crave all year-long. Today's my birthday.  Another year older and a little more fluffy.  The fluff I can fix, the age...I will embrace.  It's just a number...that's what people tell me anyway.  So, I try not to think about the "number" and focus on how brilliant I'm becoming.  Right, older and wiser?  So, I'm nearing Einstein territory … [Read more...]

Italian Baked Eggs

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A twist on the traditional "Eggs in Purgatory" recipe, Italian Baked Eggs are easy and the perfect lazy weekend breakfast, lunch or brunch.  Leftover sauce, marinated artichokes, eggs and cheese are baked to perfection for the most comforting egg dish ever. Eggs are king in my house.  We go through dozens in a week and before I start hearing how they raise cholesterol levels and yada yada yada....remember, I run a food blog.  We're not just eating them willy, nilly....we have them for … [Read more...]