Pralines

Pralines

A couple of weeks ago, I visited New Orleans.  While visiting New Orleans, I enjoyed all of the fabulous food and drinks that I could.  I had everything from beignets to po-boys.  However, my favorite treat was the Praline.  It was sweet, nutty with a hint of caramel.  They are freaking delicious!  So as soon as I got home, I had to find a recipe to recreate these delicious treats. Of all of the recipes that we tried, this recipe created the most authentic tasting pralines.

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Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

There is no dessert out there, that screams bbq, better than banana pudding. If you go to any hardcore bbq joint in the south they will have a banana pudding. It is a great dessert that is cool, refreshing and balances out the smoke of the main dish. So I decided that I had to have an awesome banana pudding in my repertoire. This banana pudding is amazing and I hope that you get a chance to make it for yourself.

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S’more Mix (AKA S’more Crack or S’more snack mix)

S'more Mix

The other day I was watching TV and they were going over the history of the S’more.  It totally got me wanting one and I didn’t have a campfire handy.  So I wandered through the store and came up with a handheld way to make them for me or for a party.  The S’more Mix, still only uses three ingredients. Plus the S’more Mix comes out just as good, or dare I say, even better than the original.

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Oreo Cookie Cake

Oreo Cookie Cake

I have had a craving for a light and fluffy cake, but I didn’t know what to make.  Then I asked my son and he said make it taste like Oreos.  Sounds like a plan.  So I decided to create a super simple, super delicious cake. The basis for this cake is a simple box cake mix, but the frosting and Oreos put it over the top.

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Valentines Day Pressed Cookies

Valentine's Day Pressed Cookies

My family loves to eat cookies.  Some of our favorite cookies are pressed cookies.  They are easy to make, equal in size and consistent in quality.  They are basically the easiest cookies in the world to cook the same repeatedly.  In order to make these we had to pick up a cookie press.  After looking at  various reviews online we decided to pick up an Oxo Cookie Press.  Next since it is Valentines day we decided to make some Valentines cookies.  This was easy as a few of the various cookie cutters included with the Oxo cookie press were hearts, flowers and teddy bears.  Perfect for Valentines Day!  The go to dough for these cookies, is Dana’s Mother’s recipe.  Thanks for letting me reprint this Jane.

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Royal Icing

Royal Icing

I love Christmas Cookies.  They are delicious and fun to eat.  My favorite cookie is the humble sugar cookie.  However, you can turn that humble cookie into an extraordinary cookie by using royal icing.  This simple icing uses meringue powder as a base to form a strong and delicate icing that can hold together a gingerbread house or add whiskers to a Santa cookie.  I love it!

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Glazed Apple Pie

Glazed Apple Pie

My wife used to enjoy glazed apple pie when she lived in New York.  The other week when her family was down here visiting, I decided to try my hand at making it. The apple pie is a mixture of a classic American Pie, a Dutch Apple Pie and a French Apple Pie.  The first step in creating this pie was to choose the right apple.  Since this pie has a sweet glaze over the top, I choose a tart apple (Granny Smith).  That way the tartness was balanced with the sweet glaze.  I also used my super simple Food Processor Pie Crust.  This pie crust is quick, easy, flaky and delicious!

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Food Processor Pie Crust

Pie Crust

Last week I wanted to bake a few pies for Thanksgiving.  However, I did not have any pie crusts and I really dreaded making my own.  Pie crusts are a pain in the butt.  Then I discovered an old food processor that Dana and I had.  Who knew that we owned one.  Anyways, 3o seconds later, I had a fresh pie crust chilling in the refrigerator.  I don’t use food processors much, heck we just found out that we owned one, but they are the ultimate tool for making pie crust.  All you have to do is measure out the ingredients and be able to press the on button.  Food Processor Pie Crusts are the best!

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Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

With the weather getting a bit cooler outside, I wanted to create a drink that would warm me up and celebrate the season. Nothing says this more than Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate! A mixture of pumpkin pie spices, pureed pumpkin and a rich and creamy hot chocolate. It does not get any better than this!

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Chocolate and Pumpkin Marbled Brownies

Chocolate and Pumpkin Marbled Brownies

The other day Dana and I were having a little back and forth regarding chocolate and pumpkin.  Do they go together or not?  I thought they did and Dana was not sure.  It seemed a tad bit icky to her.  So I decided to combine my two favorite desserts and see.  I combined my favorite … Read moreChocolate and Pumpkin Marbled Brownies

Homemade Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

Come February every year, I am always on the look out for the golden arches to release the Shamrock Shake.  I love that minty, delicious and creepy green milkshake.  I dream about throughout the year.  So I decided to go and try to make it myself.  It was simple and now I can drink them … Read moreHomemade Shamrock Shake