Tin Roof Cheesecake

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It seems that certain nuts are getting all the attention these days:  walnuts and almonds, I’m lookin’ at you.  Even pistachios have their own commercials with famous people and cartoon characters!  Don’t get me wrong, I love all nuts.  There are great walnut, almond and pistachio growers in my county and I buy local nuts [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes (with Nutella)

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella

There are some days when you just need a triple chocolate cupcake. You know you are in need of a triple chocolate cupcake when a cold front in mid-May kills all the peppers and melons in the field.  Or, when a 2-minute hail storm pelts holes into your tender collard greens, swiss chard and zucchini [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

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I come from a long line of hard-working farmers.  My mom’s side of the family grew cotton in the Alma and Telico areas of Texas, while my dad’s family grew tobacco in North Carolina.  If you don’t know anything else about the South, know that cotton and tobacco put us on the map.  Cotton and [ Click to continue Reading! ]

French Macarons (with Nutella)

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I bet this Texas girl would have never had the chance to taste a French macaron unless she moved to California.  Trends seem to take their time creeping down South, sometimes never making it at all.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but after taking one bite of a macaron, I don’t think I could have [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Margarita Pie

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My friends would tell you that I have an annoying habit:  anytime someone mentions a margarita, I will always chime in and say “the frozen margarita was invented in Dallas!”  Every.single.time.  I can’t resist informing anyone who’ll listen that the most delicious cocktail was created in my home town.  I’m so proud.  In fact, I’ve [ Click to continue Reading! ]

S’mores Cupcakes

I feel like I am the last person to offer a riff on s’mores.  Are cupcakes even still trendy?  No matter, I’m sharing s’mores cupcakes with y’all today because they are delicious—sticky, but very delicious.  These soft chocolate cupcakes have chunks of graham crackers scattered throughout and brûléed marshmallow fluff that oozes down your fingers.  [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Carrot Cake

I make a lot of carrot cake this time of year.  It’s not just for Easter in my house; it’s also the birthday cake of choice for many friends with spring birthdays.  We’ve been munching on carrot cake cupcakes, carrot muffins, carrot cake whoopie pies and the like since February.  I’m confident this cake is [ Click to continue Reading! ]

1 Dozen Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cookies are the hardest dessert to scale down to size.  Between trying to halve eggs and butter that melts and spreads too much without exactly the right amount of flour to hold it together, it takes months of recipe testing to achieve a cookie that doesn’t taste like you monkeyed around with the ingredients.  I [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Hello Dolly Bars

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Coconut desserts are commonly served on Easter in the South.  Coconut desserts are also popular around Christmastime.  I’m not too sure why some desserts are associated with certain times of the year in the South, but all I know is: don’t mess with it.  If you make a fruit pie at Christmas, we’re gonna look [ Click to continue Reading! ]