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World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pimiento Cheese

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Print Pimiento Cheese 1 cup mayonnaise 1/4 small Vidalia onion, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded 1/2 cup diced drained pimientos (4 oz jar)In a food processor (I used my blender), blend the mayonnaise, onion and hot sauce. Add the shredded cheese and pulse until finely chopped. Add […]

Dinner with the VanVoorhis’

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Last night our good friends, Aaron and Emily, came over for dinner. They live in California and are in town until Monday visiting family for the holidays. It was so fun to see them again and just eat, relax, and hang out. We played a few games of Sequence (a board/card game we got for […]

Layered Polenta

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And so this is Christmas! Unfortunately, I’ve been sick all weekend and didn’t feel like cooking or baking a thing. Good thing my mom and Ben’s mom took the lead and did it all. It probably would’ve been that way even if I was feeling healthy. There is just something about eating someone else’s cooking […]

Pretzel Rolo Bites

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We hosted the Ph.D. Christmas party tonight and asked everyone to bring either an appetizer or dessert. As I suspected, we ended up with way more desserts than appetizers, and then with much food left over. My co-workers will be happy since they’ll reap the benefits tomorrow. One of the desserts I made is this […]

Pumpkin Bread

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Florentines and Pizzelles were part of my Christmas boxes this year, along with this pumpkin bread. Usually,  I make this pumpkin bread into two regular size loaves (as pictured above). But, since I decided to add it to the Christmas box this year, I made the recipe into mini loaves. It made about 20 mini […]

Chocolate Florentine

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One year when Ben and I were visiting my parents in Michigan, my whole family spent a winter afternoon in the Gaslight Village of downtown East Grand Rapids. There were quaint little shops, ice cream parlors, luxury condos, and then we happened upon a small little bakery. Because we were full from ice cream, no […]

Pizzelle

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This year I haven’t had much time to bake for my Christmas tins, so I had to limit the kind of cookies and limit the number of recipients. There are two delicate cookies, though, that I make sure I include because I want them to become a tradition. First, is pizzelle which are Italian waffle […]

Yummy Joe Joe’s!

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What a busy week so far!! It’s only Tuesday! I have no time to post an actual recipe, but I do want to take the time to share this very yummy treat from Trader Joe’s. These are a seasonal product and I found out about them from a food blog I periodically read. But, once […]

Sweet Dinner Rolls

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I promised I would post a recipe for these rolls that I brought to our Christmas dinner last weekend. These were SO easy to make! Although they didn’t have the light airy texture that I usually love in bread, they were still very tasty. Leftovers were sent home with the other guests, at request. The […]

Wookie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My sister sent me this delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe with the above picture that she took. I made them last night not knowing until mid-recipe that the dough needs to chill for 1-3 hours. Well, I only had time to let it chill for 1 hour, so my cookies turned out a little flatter […]

Tiramisu Bowl

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I brought this dessert last Saturday to a Christmas party we attended. Our friend, Laura, hosted the dinner at her home. My other dish to bring was rolls, so I’ll post that next. Although I wasn’t too fond of this dessert, others at the party seemed to like it so I felt like I should […]

Green Chile Chicken Empanadas

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Thanks to my friend, Emily (who just started a food blog titled Joy of Cooking), dinner tonight was very easy! I used a recipe from her site called Green Chile Beef Empanadas and made a few changes to my tastes. Instead of beef, I used taco flavored shredded chicken (store bought in a tub). It […]

Pumpkin Scones

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Biscuit-Topped Italian Casserole

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My sister and I bought new Le Creuset baking dishes on a great sale at Macy’s. They are the first Le Creuset’s I’ve owned, so naturally I was excited to use at least one of them right away. So, before I left work, I searched AllRecipes.com for a quick and easy casserole recipe where I […]

Cranberry Sauce

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My sister, Angie, also made this cranberry sauce for our Thanksgiving dinner. With mixed fruit included, it’s extremely good!! Ingredients • 1 cup water • 1 cup white sugar • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries • 1 orange, peeled and pureed • 1 apple – peeled, cored and diced • 1 pear – peeled, […]

Zucchini Bites

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My sister made these the eve before Thanksgiving for snacks and then we had some left over to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. Zucchini Bites Recipe INGREDIENTS: • 3 cups grated zucchini • 1 cup baking mix (such as Bisquick or homemade) • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese • 2 […]

M-dubs (Pickle Wraps)

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I know it’s the day before Thanksgiving, so I should be posting more elegant recipes for the season. But, I live away from my family, so they wanted me to make two apple pies for tomorrow since they haven’t tasted it yet. I’ve already posted the recipe for the apple pie and I’m not really […]

Garlic Cheese Bread Rollups

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We had some pasta the other night and I wanted to serve some garlic bread with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to go to the store, so I pulled out my last frozen loaf of bread dough and made something up real quick. Keeping with saving money and using up leftover food, I included […]

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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So I posted my Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream CAKE, but now I’m going to tell you how to make just the ice cream! If you do not have an ice cream maker, then stop now and run to the store and pick one up before reading on… Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Ingredients 3/4 […]

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

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Ben’s birthday was October 25, but I waited to make his birthday cake until this last weekend when his parents were visiting from Maryland. His mom’s birthday is mid-November, so we decided to celebrate together. When I found this recipe a few months ago, I knew right away that I would wait to make it […]