Bacon S’mores!

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It's summer!  Lazy, hazy, wonderful summer.  And with summer come all the delicious taste sensations that are at their best when the days are long and the nights are for sleeping with the windows open: sweet corn, cheeseburgers on the grill, lemonade mint iced tea, absolutely anything made with fresh-picked basil, and of course, s'mores.  I am like a little kid with s'mores and all their graham cracker/chocolate/melty-marshmallow deliciousness.  There's nothing that can be better than a sticky, sweet, warm s'more, right?  Right?  Well, now that you mention it... Read More & Get the Recipe

Baked Hot Chocolate

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Remember when you were a kid and you would be outside in the snow for hours, sledding and making snow angels and generally clowning around until your mittens were caked with snow, and you couldn't feel your ears, and there was melted snow in your snow boots? And you would go inside and by the time you had peeled off your snowsuit and your damp socks and your hat with the pom-poms and your hair was wild with static electricity and your nose was bright pink and you were out of breath from dragging the sled up the hill 500 times and screaming with excitement all the way down,  your mama had a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows melting on top all ready for you? Yep,  I remember that. Read More & Get the Recipe

Mud Hens

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One of the many things I have learned as a photographer is that it is pretty impossible to take a pretty picture of anything that has to do with a chicken, unless it is an actual live chicken. I had my first experience with this when I tried (and miserably failed ) to photograph some really scrumptious fried chicken that I made one day.  If you are interested in what a photographic food blogger resorts to when she needs to blog about something she actually CANNOT photograph in any decent way, click here. In the case of these little babies, which are called Mud Hens, the photographic-chicken-rule continued...but because I couldn't bear not to share them with the world, I did the next best thing and put these not so pretty mud hens on one of my grandmother's very pretty plates.   Now since I know you are going to ask, here is my FAQ about Mud Hens. I have no idea why they are called Mud Hens.   2. They are a Southern dessert made up of a sugar cookie dough that is Read More & Get the Recipe

Toasted Marshmallow Shakes…and a Crush!

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I have two crushes to tell you about today, and the first one is that glass of deliciousness up there. It is a Toasted Marshmallow Shake. Yes, you read that right. I know it looks like it might actually be a chocolate shake, but that delectable brown color comes from blender-ized toasted marshmallows, along with some milk and some vanilla ice cream. And when you take that first sip...it's a total toasted marshmallow in smooth, silky milkshake form. I helped one of my sweetest friends try this recipe out over Labor Day weekend, and speaking of sweet...this shake is almost as sweet as she is. It is sweeter than this: It is even sweeter than THIS: Photo by Bruce Sohl And that is pretty sweet. Here's the deal - you spread out a bag of marshmallows onto a cookie sheet. Make sure you line the cookie sheet with foil, and if you have the nonstick kind, even better. Toast them under the broiler until they are well, well, well-done. Watch those babies closely, and stir them around a little Read More & Get the Recipe

Peanut Butter Popcorn

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We are big old popcorn lovers in this house.  And not just the microwave variety of popcorn, although I am perfectly okay with that in a pinch.  No, we have a jar of the old-fashioned kernels, and a great Cuisinart popcorn popper than involves a little oil and some salt and melting up some butter.  And I thought that was pretty much the best route to old-fashioned popcorn.  Until my friend L sent me this. And I have to admit, I was a doubter.  Six ears of rock-hard corn.  It sat in my cabinet for a good long while, until the day that I decided to try this recipe I had kicking around for peanut butter popcorn.  And since I knew the popcorn was going to get drenched in a coating of peanut butter marshmallow wonderfulness, I thought, why not try the corn-cobs?  So I hauled them out of the cabinet and took a look at the label. The deal is that you take one of those ears, put it in a brown paper bag, put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and voila!  Perfect and delicious Read More & Get the Recipe

Payday Cookie Bars

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I have learned so many, many things from the Southern husband. For example: convertibles are light-years better than regular cars. Few meals in life are better than crayfish steamed in Old Bay spices and chased with Dixie beer. All the words to more Springsteen songs than I can count. And Payday candy bars.   Before he bought me my first Payday bar, lo these many years ago, I foolishly thought that all candy bars needed to involve chocolate. Not so...the wonderful Payday bar is peanuts and caramel with not a bit of chocolate anywhere, and it is GOOD. You don't see them around too often, but when you do, it's well worth buying one. Or two. So I was so excited to when I ran across this recipe for a cookie version of a Payday bar. This is the third dessert in a row that I have made with yellow cake mix as a base...what does this MEAN? Probably that I should start buying yellow cake mix at Costco. (Any excuse to go to Costco!) Anyway, this is a three-step recipe, and each of Read More & Get the Recipe