Dinosaur Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Chip Meltdowns, Baking Realities and Lessons Learned

“Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones of genius.” ~Elbert Hubbard This weekend I hosted my annual Christmas baking get together with friends. I just returned to Kentucky a few months ago, and this was my first year baking at home for the holidays in 10 years. I pre-made 6 cookie doughs for […]

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Rosalie’s Mexican Wedding Cookies

These devilishly divine cookies were a favorite around my Grandmother’s Christmas table. I was lucky enough to inherit many of her recipes written by hand, to make for later generations. One of my friends asked me, “Why are these called Mexican Wedding Cookies?” I don’t know the origins but, in my opinion, the name is […]

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Peppermint Meringue Drops

Meringues are certainly outside my comfort zone, but I think these turned out pretty stellar for my first try. Anytime a recipe relies on the consistency of an egg white I get a little nervous. But thanks to my trusty, new Kitchenaid Mixer this recipe was a walk in the park…or at least the initial […]

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Cranberry Almond Biscotti

My friend Danni makes the most amazing Biscotti I’ve ever eaten. On my trip to Portland, OR this past week I finally snagged her recipe and made a batch. It is SO good. Seriously. If you’ve never made homemade Biscotti you’ll be amazed by the difference. For Christmas color, you can substitute unsalted Pistachios for […]

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Mild or Hot Buttermilk Cornbread

My friend recently made an amazing White Chili (whose recipe I will post soon), and I was in charge of bringing the cornbread for the dinner party. I made a Mild and Hot variety to suit everyone’s tastes. The base of this cornbread is slightly sweet and sets off the savory ingredients wonderfully. Be careful […]

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Bourbon Smashed Sweet Potatoes

These tasty sweet potatoes were a big hit at my dinner table last week. Everything was good, but these sweets were something special. The greatest thing is this is one of the easiest, most low maintenance side dishes you can make. It is a perfect addition to your holiday table. Yield: About 6 Servings INGREDIENTS: […]

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Homemade Spiced Apple Butter

I never knew how simple it was to make homemade apple butter until I read this post on the beautifully redesigned blog (with wonderful recipes) The Art of Homemaking. Megan’s variety is sugarless and simple and is made in a slow cooker (crock pot) which makes it much easier to walk away from for extended […]

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Garlicky Corn and Squash Bake

It has been Fall food madness at my house and all varieties of squash are at the top of the list. I went to the local market today and picked up some late season fresh corn and a couple varieties of squash. I brought them home and mixed them with lots of garlic and onions […]

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Cheesy Bison Quinoa Meatballs in Brown Pan Sauce

These meatballs were a miracle of happenstance. I went to look for my standard oatmeal and realized there was none in the pantry. I was rummaging around for an additional starch filler for my meatballs and stumbled across my Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’). If you’re anything like the three guests at my table that night, you’re […]

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Honey Bourbon Butternut Squash Soup

This soup tastes like the perfect Fall day. And the salty beer cheese croutons (which I also recommend for about any soup, particularly tomato) perfectly compliment the sweet honey, apples and bourbon in the soup. The worst part of the whole process is peeling and chopping the Butternut squash. It is the worst for me, […]

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