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March 12, 2018

Now this is the way to have your Baileys and coffee!  This delicious dessert comes from Clodagh's Irish Kitchen and is easy to prepare.  It is also pleasing to the eye.  If you are a fan of tiramisu or trifles, you will certainly enjoy this Irish-Italian dessert!  You can make this treat in individual portions (as shown by the pictures) or if you prefer, one big beautiful bowl.  Either way, friends and family will love this Irish take on an old Italian classic.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

This recipe calls for raw egg yolks.  If you are concerned about the safety of using raw eggs, please do not make this dessert.

The original recipe called for a 1/2 cup cocoa, I prefer to use about a 1/4 cup cocoa.

The stronger the coffee the better flavor the dessert will be.

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Preparation time is 25 minutes.  Chill time is 2 hours.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large free-range egg yolks

  • 5 1/2 tablespoons superfine sugar

  • 1 1/3 cups mascarpone cheese

  • 1/3...

March 2, 2018

This wonderful pie comes from Emeril Lagasse and is great for Saint Patrick's Day!  This recipe has crème de menthe and crème de cocoa in the filling as these liqueurs enhance the flavors of the pie.  The crème de menthe adds a subtle mint taste to the filling, while the crème de cocoa adds a hint of cocoa flavor.  The filling compliments the Oreo cookie crust perfectly.  This pie is great anytime of the year, but I specifically decided to post this recipe in March as the pie's lovely green color makes it a great dessert for any Saint Patrick's Day parties.  I hope you enjoy this delightful pie!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Have the egg yolks and sugar ready in the bowl so you can begin drizzling the hot cream/gelatin mixture.  This process will bring the egg yolks to a safe temperature for consumption.

If you prefer a stronger mint flavoring, omit the crème de cocoa and add an extra ounce of crème de menthe to the mixture

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Preparation...

February 22, 2018

These mini cupcakes are just adorable!  They are topped with a chocolate chip cream cheese layer and are absolutely delicious.  These black bottom cupcakes are rich and decadent for such a little sweet.  This recipe only takes about an hour, and I highly recommend you try it if you like chocolate.  The recipe makes about 4 1/2 dozen, so there will be plenty to go around if you have the urge to share, and they freeze great (if you don't eat them all within the first day as they are really addicting).  Try these delightful black bottom mini cupcakes, and you will have a perfect fix for any chocolate cravings!

Bon Appetit!

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Preparation time is 35 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar, divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup mini-chocolate chips

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ...

February 10, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  This special day of expressing love to those closest to you (whether family, friends, or a significant other) is a perfect occasion to bake something sweet and chocolatey.  These molten red velvet cakes bring a special ending to your Valentine's Day dinner, and they look and taste amazing!  I found this yummy recipe in the February 2017 edition of Southern Living magazine.  This dessert is amazing for sating my sweet tooth, so I hope it sates yours too!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can make the chocolate (filling) mixture and the frosting one day ahead.

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Active time is 20 minutes.  Total time is 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Ingredients for Cakes:

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate baking bar, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup cake flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa, plus more for ramekins

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted, plus more for ra...

February 2, 2018

These nachos are the perfect appetizer for Super Bowl Sunday.  What makes them perfect is bacon!  Anything with bacon in it is guaranteed to be a big hit for your Big Game day party.  I got this recipe comes from the July 7, 2014 issue of People magazine.  These nachos are loaded with cheddar cheese and creamy avocado.  They are simply delicious.  I suggest that you top these babies with a dollop of sour cream and a jalapeno pepper.  This recipe is sure to be a winner!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I like to use pickled jalapenos in this recipe.  I place each sliced jalapeno on paper towels to remove the excess moisture before placing them on the nachos.

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Total time is 25 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces sliced bacon, cooked crisp

  • 1 avocado

  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, or cheddar/pepper jack combination, shredded

  • 24 tortilla chips

  • 1 (8 ounces) container sour cream

  • 1 small can sliced jalapenos (or...

December 28, 2017

I have baked a ton of lemon bar recipes over the years and have never found "the one".  I took what I liked from my top recipe picks and developed what I think is an awesome lemon bar recipe!  They are incredibly luscious and luxurious.  You might wonder what the secret is to these wonderful bars - well, I'll tell you.  It's the flour in the filling.  The flour gives the filling a rich creaminess that I absolutely love.  The short bread cookie is all that it should be - buttery with a hint of lemon.  They would make great additions to a New Year's Eve celebration or any party really.  Please try these lemon bars and let me know that you think!  I would love to hear from you.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Place the lemons in a microwave for 15 seconds to make it easier for max juice and zest.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Total time is approximately 1 hour.

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Ingredients for Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • ...

December 27, 2017

Caution...these are extremely addicting!  If you are a jalapeño fan, these poppers are for you.  With a creamy cheesy filling and bacon crumbles, they will not disappoint.  These cheesy bacon poppers are hard to resist and so very yummy!  I served these appetizers at a dinner party not too long ago, and everyone loved them.  These poppers are perfect for spicing up a New Year's Eve party, but just make sure that you have plenty of them on hand (the recipe can be easily doubled) as they will disappear fast.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can make the filling and arrange the jalapeño's on a broiler proof low rimmed cookie sheet/jelly-roll pan.  Divide the filling among the peppers, and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate until ready to broil.  You can also cook and crumble the bacon and refrigerate until ready to use.

I found the red pepper jelly at my local grocery store where they keep all the other jellies (grape, strawberry, etc.).

When handling peppers, you may wa...

December 14, 2017

I have been making these cookies for many years now.  They have become a holiday favorite with my family.  When you take your first bite into one of these mouthwatering cookies, you will understand why these cookies are always on my baking list for Christmas.  What makes these decadent cookies unique is the browning of the butter.  The browned butter adds a depth and richness to the flavor of these Christmas cookies that cannot be beat!  They really are extraordinarily good.  I believe even Santa would approve!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

When browning the butter, keep a careful eye on the color of the butter as it cooks.  Once the butter starts to brown, cook until it is golden, but watch closely, as it will burn easily.

When adding dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, I like to add in thirds, mixing after each addition.  This method ensures the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Baking time is 10 minutes per batch.

C...

November 17, 2017

I love these cookies!  They are soft and sweet.  When the autumn weather begins to have that chill in the air, these cookies are a must on my baking list!  With real maple syrup and a dash of maple extract, they have a wonderful autumn taste.  The spices enhance the flavor and add to how yummy they are.  If you are looking for a new cookie recipe for your fall baking, I highly recommend these spiced maple cookies.  My family and friends absolutely love them!  I'm sure yours will too.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

With most cookie recipes, I like to add the flour to the creamed butter mixture in two to three batches at a time to ensure all the ingredients are mixed well.

As a way for the cookies to have a nice look to them, refrigerate the cookie dough for an hour before baking.  This is an optional step.  The cookies can be baked right away, but I prefer the way they look when I've refrigerated the cookie dough.

Always keep a close watch on your cookies while baking!...

October 26, 2017

This is a delicious and lovely fall cake that features pears.  Upside-down cakes are wonderful, because they are very easy to make and at the same time look like they were made by a master chef.  One of the ingredients that sets this cake apart is the addition of cardamom.  If you have never used cardamom in a recipe before, I encourage you to give this recipe a chance as the cardamom in it is subtle but really enhances the flavor of the cake.  If you love pears and the taste of fall spices, give this yummy pear upside-down cake a try!

Bon Appetit

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 Bartlett pears; peeled, cored, and sliced into medium-sized segments

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1/2 cup (1 stic...

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