Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiked Cream Cheese and Coffee Frosting

An easy (from a mix) cupcake but wait to you get a load of this frosting. Whip some up for the holidays. . . . → Read More: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiked Cream Cheese and Coffee Frosting

Mini-Cheesecake

What? I thought we were on a rice bowl and salad challenge. We had to throw in one dessert. It’s just a mini one…. . . . → Read More: Mini-Cheesecake

Surprise Carrot Cake for Blogger CLUE

The theme for this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E. Society is EASTER. See what I whipped up for an Easter dessert. . . . → Read More: Surprise Carrot Cake for Blogger CLUE

Caramelized Onion Dip for #10DaysofTailgate

A delicious dip that can be served hot or at room temperature. . . . → Read More: Caramelized Onion Dip for #10DaysofTailgate

Peperoncini Pepper Dip

What screams Valentine’s Day? Chocolates, truffles, candied hearts, pickle dip. Pickle dip? Yes, only here at EE would be be celebrating Heart’s and Flower’s Day with a piquant and tart recipe. . . . → Read More: Peperoncini Pepper Dip

Fiesta Cheese Ball with Baked Tortilla Chips

Try this unexpected cheese ball for your Super Bowl party tonight. . . . → Read More: Fiesta Cheese Ball with Baked Tortilla Chips

The “Party Book” and a vintage dip recipe (circa 1960)

During the holidays, I often wax poetic and get nostalgic about my childhood.   This is going to be one of those posts.   (Please bear with me.)

My mom and aunt were both home economics teachers.   (Today they would be called FACS teachers for Family and Consumer Sciences.)    They would often discuss the latest food trends, . . . → Read More: The “Party Book” and a vintage dip recipe (circa 1960)

Chilled Jalapeno Poppers

This post is not so much of a recipe as it is a suggestion.

With all the huge jalapenos coming on, it was time to make some appetizers for Sunday afternoon.  After canning all the pepper jelly, I was pretty much spent, but I needed to use more peppers.

I went with an old stand by . . . → Read More: Chilled Jalapeno Poppers

The Gifts from the Kitchen Kick-Off: Cheese Ball Kits

The first year that I was invited to spend Christmas with The Hubs’ family (my future in-laws), I was thrilled.     We had been dating a long time and I had only met the parents once.

It was to be a momentous occasion to be sure.

His family always celebrated on Christmas Eve with an appetizer/sandwich/snack . . . → Read More: The Gifts from the Kitchen Kick-Off: Cheese Ball Kits

Another great new appetizer: Not your ordinary cheese dip

Who knew there was a World Cheese Dip Championship? Here is a great recipe for Avocado Goat Cheese Dip that would get my vote! . . . → Read More: Another great new appetizer: Not your ordinary cheese dip

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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