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...]

Slow Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut, Fennel and Apples

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Inexpensive pork shoulder is roasted slowly with fragrant fennel, apples and sauerkraut until fall-apart tender.  A great way to start the new year and an amazing Sunday dinner option.  This recipe can also be made in the slow cooker for quick weeknight meals. Happy New Year to you!  I hope your holidays were festive and sparkling...whether that be from glitter or champagne.  Who stayed up to see the ball drop?  Or did you do something else to ring in the New Year?  I will confess....I … [Read more...]

Easy Lobster Arancini

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Crispy, creamy lobster risotto stuffed with buttery lobster tail and peas make the most incredibly unforgettable appetizer ever.  Easy to assemble and make ahead, these are worthy of any celebration....big or small. I ate a little too much during the holidays.  I may have mentioned that before.  The cookies, the mouthwatering Chocolate Turtle Biscotti, the Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Eggnog Bourbon sauce....I ate it all.  And now....I have to pay the price.  So, today....I registered for a … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Blondies with Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Swirl

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Soft and chewy gingerbread blondies are swirled with a citrusy, smooth cream cheese filling.  Full of holiday spice, these blondies are a great dessert option for a last minute addition to your holiday menu. I should be wrapping gifts.  I've procrastinated all day  all month long.  I have a pile stacked to the ceiling in the closet in my basement and I just can't seem to get my butt to do it.  Plus, I have this recipe I have to share with all of you.  Because I know some of you are … [Read more...]

Cranberry Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

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A game day favorite, Jalapeño Poppers are all dolled up for the holidays with a little cranberry thrown into the mix and a big piece of bacon wrapped around them for good measure.  Make a batch of these as festive appetizers for Christmas Day or whip them up to munch on during your favorite bowl game this week. I really wanted to hate jalapeño poppers.  I tried my hardest...I just didn't think they sounded very good but my friends ordered them at a bar and once they put that big bowl of … [Read more...]

Create the Ultimate Cheese Board on a Budget

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Wow your holiday guests with a beautiful and inexpensive cheese display this year.  Combining a variety of flavors and textures is easy and a fantastic way to kick off any party. Creating the perfect cheese display doesn't have to be difficult or expensive.  With a few quick tips, you can keep more money in your wallet this year and still have a palate pleasing display to share with your guests.  You don't even have to make a special trip to a cheese specialty shop, most well-stocked … [Read more...]