Coffee Walnut Banana Bread

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Tis the season!   And while there is no escaping the whirlwind of shopping and decorating and wrapping and yes, cooking, it's even more important to grab those little moments that the holidays are here to celebrate.  Decorating the Christmas tree with those finally home for a little while college kids.  Watching Love Actually for the millionth time with your honey.  Taking a nap with your dog in your fleece Grinch pajamas.  And sharing a little sweet something with friends you don't get to see NEARLY enough.  Something like this sweet and spicy coffee walnut banana bread! Read More & Get the Recipe

Sneaky Fudge

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It's the last day of the year!  Tomorrow we are off to the races with our New Year's resolutions.  All our low-fat, more exercise, less bacon resolutions. (Sniffle). New year, new you, new me and all the jazz, and you know what that means.  It means we have exactly 24 hours left to eat chocolate.  And by chocolate, I mean fudge.  And by fudge, I mean this particular version of fudge, that includes not only a generous amount of dark chocolate, but a few sneaky ingredients that will have you wondering why you spent all that time eating well-behaved fudge. Read More & Get the Recipe

Ham with Red-Eye Gravy

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The Southern husband and I had only been married a year or so when we spent one Easter at my sister-in-law's beautiful beach house in South Carolina.  The morning after Easter, my Southern brother-in-law asked who would like eggs and ham with red-eye gravy for breakfast.  Every hand in the room shot up...except for mine, as I was still trying to figure out what red-eye gravy might mean. Read More & Get the Recipe

Chocolate Espresso Cookies

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So, most of the time I'm not sure the teenager even remembers that I write this blog.  Sure, she sees me tapping away on the laptop, and stretched out flat on my stomach on the grass taking yet another close-up of a peach or a bowl of spaghetti, but most of the time her mind is on all the other things that swirl through teenage minds.  Taylor Swift.  The next episode of Pretty Little Liars.  The best approach for stretching out her curfew (asking Daddy is always the best bet.) So I was a little surprised to have this conversation last week: Teenager:  So Mom, where is the blog post about my prom? Me: Huh? Teenager: You know...the prom!  You haven't blogged about my prom yet. Me: Honey, you remember that it's a food blog, right?  Not a prom blog? Teenager: Mom!  You always figure out how to work pictures of my major life events into the blog.  You aren't going to skip talking about my PROM, are you???? And she does have a point.  As a matter of fact, I remembered that I did a Read More & Get the Recipe

Brisket Slow-Cooked in Coffee and Brown Sugar

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I think I may have said this once or twice or one million times before on this blog, but I wish I liked coffee.  I really do.  It is SO much easier to get a cup of coffee than to find a decent cup of hot, strong English breakfast tea unless you happen to be in the middle of London, and I am usually in the middle of New Jersey, so this is a problem for me.  I've tried to like coffee, just for the pure convenience factor, but I just....can't...do it. However, I DO (for some mysterious reason) like coffee when it is an ingredient.  Usually that means in ice cream, or in muffins, or other sweet stuff.  But in this case, I like it in a brisket recipe.  Whatever the hours and hours of cooking in the slow cooker do to transform the coffee, the sauce comes out not tasting like coffee, but like some rich, tangy, wonderful thing that you can't quite put your finger on.  (Spoiler alert: it's the coffee.) For all you slow-cooker fans out there, this one is right up your alley.  Toss a Read More & Get the Recipe

Last Minute Christmas Wonderfulness!

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Last year, right before Christmas, I came home one day to see this intriguing box outside my front door. The great folks at Tassimo had sent me this this fabulous little number. It makes cappuchino, hot chocolate, chai tea latte...oh and also coffee and tea. You get all this hot beverage stuff done via these handy little pods - you pop one into the top of the brewer and it magically figures out what you are cooking up and adds in the exact amount of hot water for exactly the right amount of time. Now THAT'S what I call the miracle of modern technology. It was pretty much love at first sight for me, and I've spent the last year saying to everyone who comes to my house, "May I get you a hot beverage?" And being ridiculously excited when they say yes. So you can imagine my excitement last week when I came home and there was ANOTHER Tassimo box outside my front door...this time with the T20 model. Which is kind of like the original machine's cute little brother. And before I Read More & Get the Recipe