Thanksgiving 101

Perfectly Smoked Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving! I want to give my annual quick tips. I know that cooking in general can be stressful enough, without the added pressure of having a houseful of guests.  So I want to help you all out with a few tips, tricks and time saving ideas. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous.  I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible.  Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey.  Yes you can cook a frozen turkey and it will turn out delicious.  Its all in there.  If you have any other questions, click the Ask Rex link in the menu above.  I will be around answering emails all day.

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Valentine’s Day Recipes

Prosecco Mimosas

Valentine’s Day is upon us. I hope that you are ready for that special dinner.   If not, don’t worry, we have compiled a list of our most popular Valentine’s Day recipes.  Start it off your night with a nice refreshing cocktail!  Then select an entree and a couple of sides.  Finally pick one of our Valentine’s Day Desserts. You can even pick two.  Try our sinful chocolate souffles and strawberry poppers.  Hope you have a great date night.

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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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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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Labor Day Menu 2014

Labor Day Menu

Here is my Labor Day Menu.  All grilled, all the time.  It is the end of the summer and you and your family should spend the entire day outside.  For that reason, my whole menu is cooked outdoors.  It starts with some delicious shrimp and ends with a grilled nectarine.  Also, included is a nice grilled lemonade cocktail that will keep you socially lubricated all day.  Enjoy!

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Not so Epic Fail – Cheese Strip Danish

Cheese Strip Danish

Dana and I love Entenmann’s Cheese Strip Danish.  So I decided to try to recreate it.  Well I was partially there, but it was a fail.  I failed to let the danish proof so the final product was a little dense. Further, I am pretty sure that the instant yeast that I purchased did not activate. … Read moreNot so Epic Fail – Cheese Strip Danish

Soft Sugar Cookies With Light and Fluffy Frosting

Light and Fluffy Sugar Cookies

I was trolling around the internet looking for some inspiration and discovered these tasty cookies over at  They were posted by Fake Ginger and they reminded me of the super soft and delicious sugar cookies that the local Ukrop’s Bakery inside of Martin’s makes.  They were perfect.  Light and fluffy and exactly what I expected.  These cookies are almost like eating sugary air.  They are a must try.

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Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2011

Smoked Turkey

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and I wanted to give a few pointers. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for any cook. Accepting or asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It can the one thing that keeps you sane during this sometimes stressful holiday. Below I have listed a few … Read moreTurkey Tuesday Roundup 2011

Individual Peach Upside-Down Cakes

Individual Peach Upside-Down Cakes

Peaches are in season right now and they are sweeter than ever.  I have a pantry full of them.  I was looking for a new recipe that I have never even contemplated before.  Dana and I were brainstorming and one thing I have never made was an upside down cake.  So I looked around and … Read moreIndividual Peach Upside-Down Cakes