Avocado Brownies

That's right.  You heard me.  Avocado BROWNIES. My initial reaction was, "gross... I have to try these!" And when I did, they were surprisingly fudgy and delicious! I have mentioned before how I have an addiction to chocolate.  I'm not kidding... chocolate addiction is very real and very serious, kids.  Indulge responsibly.   I'm on the…

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Take the Cake

Christmas is quickly approaching!  And you know what that means!?  Party time!  Christmas parties and potlucks are some of my favorite get-togethers of the whole year, but there's always the question of what to bring.  No one wants to be the person whose dish doesn't get eaten. So how do you know what will be…

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Vegan Dark Chocolate

This is my initiation post, so I thought it would be fitting to share a couple of things about myself.  First of all, I really like eating healthy.  I love working out and running and eating well because it makes me feel good.  Second, I REALLY love chocolate.  Especially DARK chocolate.  Almost anything with chocolate…

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Got Chocolate? DIY Valentine Gifts

Fudge doesn't have to be for Christmas-time only!  At our house "anything chocolate" equates to a ♥ fantastic gift ♥ for my Chief Love any time of the year! This fudge was gifted to us this Christmas by our friends Peggy and Barnett.  I will be making it this week for my funny Valentine. ♥…

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Peppermint Patties

Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows are back!  Why is this important to you? Because if you want to be the hit of the Christmas goodie parade you are going to want to use these super-charged, JUMBO peppermint-infused marshmallows to make some awesome Peppermint Patties! In December 2011 I stumbled upon these mallows while shopping for groceries that…

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Sweet and Salty Christmas Treats

I do realize refrigerators all over this country are stuffed full of Thanksgiving leftovers.  But truthfully, the turkey is cold, the gravy has jellied and the pumpkin pie is gone.  To me that means one thing -- Christmas!  Brunch, luncheons, parties, Christmas eve, Christmas dinner and New Year's eve ... it will all start tumbling…

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Boca Negra

Today the Tuesdays With Dorie baking group has put together another fabulous Julia Child recipe for Boca Negra.   Boca Negra actually means black mouth. That black mouth allegedly comes from eating this intensely chocolate cake. I say allegedly since I haven't actually tasted this one yet! The recipe calls for twelve ounces of bittersweet chocolate…

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Healthified Triple Chocolate Pie

With Valentine's Day next week wouldn't it be lovely to make a chocolate pie to share with those you love?  How about a chocolate pie that is fast and easy?  How about 58% less fat and 33% fewer calories than the original recipe? Now am I talking your love language? The recipe can easily be…

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Black Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day I was taking my friend Susan Christmas shopping and she asked me if we were making any chocolate chip cookies for Christmas. I told her I hadn't thought about it but that we could.  She said "Oh I would just love some homemade chocolate chip cookies!"  Chocolate chip cookies are so classic…

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TWD: Best-Ever Brownies

Before you say "What? brownies the week of Thanksgiving and just before Christmas? How boring."  Oh, wait a minute, that is what I mumbled to myself as I began today's project. Boy was I wrong! Twice a month a group of 400+ bakers join together, bake the same recipe from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, Baking With…

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Win with a Chocolate Chip and Walnut Mini-Pie

When my Chief Culinary Consultant won second place in his age group at the Southern Tennessee Plunge Half-Marathon on Saturday I set off straight to the kitchen.  After a cold-drizzly rain, falling temperatures, and an increasing wind I knew we would all need a good meal with a winning dessert. I started with the one…

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Weekend RoundUP with Squash Relish

Last spring my neighbor Gaye was telling me about a squash relish that she makes and serves with pinto beans and cornbread.   Growing up in Nebraska my mom would make white navy beans and ham with cornbread, but it wasn't until I married my Southern-born husband that I actually cooked pinto beans.  I was a…

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