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Game day will never be the same after you try these Jalapeño Stuffed Taco Soft Pretzel Sticks. Creamy, spicy and addictive!

Jalapeno Stuffed Taco Soft Pretzel Sticks



Are there any recipes or cooking techniques that you are scared of? Ones that you always say you want to try, but that you are holding back for one reason or another?

I was talking to a small group of food bloggers the other day, and one was saying that she wanted to try a Baked Alaska recipe, but was feeling a bit intimidated by it. I told her that I felt the same way before I had ever tried one, but once I made it, I realized just how easy it was.

And then I realized that is how most recipes are that I am scared to try at first. They are usually quite simple when you actually do make them, and you wonder why you put it off for so long.

One of those things on my list that has always intimidated me is homemade soft pretzels. But guess what?
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A creamy pumpkin cheesecake is topped with a caramel sauce for this decadent fall dessert.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce



Originally posted September 22, 2008 – You would think that I’ve had enough with the sweets after last week’s Red Velvet Week, but I’ve got another one for you today!! Since we are knee deep in all things pumpkin season, I thought it would be fun to re-make this pumpkin cheesecake and bring it back to you all today. This pumpkin cheesecake is cheesecake perfection – rich and creamy with just the right amount of pumpkin and spice. And the caramel sauce totally takes it over the top and gives it something a little different. While this caramel recipe is pretty simple, do be careful not to overcook it as it will harden up when it cools if you cook it too long. But even then, you can heat it back up and it’s still delicious!!
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Love cheesecake but want something a little easier? This no bake cheesecake has a cookie crust and red velvet flavored cheesecake filling.

Red Velvet No Bake Cheesecake


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Whew – 5 more red velvet recipes. That was fun, wasn’t it??

You would think that after years of doing Red Velvet Week, combined with 50+ red velvet recipes in my cookbook, that I would be tired of red velvet. Well, I’m not. I’m still loving it!!

In fact, I’ve already brainstormed some ideas for next year’s Red Velvet Week. (Returning to February!) While you may think that red velvet is mainly for Valentine’s Day, we are actually headed into the holiday season, where red velvet would shine! And really, what better dessert is there for Halloween than red velvet?

Red velvet is just as delicious in October as it is in February. I, for one, will be eating it year round. Especially when it comes in the form of a no bake cheesecake.
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Red velvet and marshmallows combine with popcorn to make a fun popcorn cake that everyone will love.

Red Velvet Popcorn Cake


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Growing up, my family would go to my grandparent’s house every Sunday night. My parents would play Scrabble with my grandma, my grandpa would sit in his recliner and watch his westerns, and us kids would do homework, play games, play in the basement, or watch the Sunday night movie on tv. (Anyone else old enough to remember when they played a Sunday night movie on tv?)

It was every week, something we could always count on.

We could also count on my mom making a dessert every Sunday to take over for dessert. Some of those desserts that she would make are still my favorites. Like Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes. Or Popcorn Cakes.
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Rich, gooey and sweet, this Red Velvet Cobbler Recipe is a fun version of an old-time Southern dessert.

Red Velvet Cobbler Recipe


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I think one of the things I love the most about being a food blogger is how it has taken me out of my comfort zone in the kitchen. I used to be a die-hard stick to the recipe kind of person. I wasn’t comfortable with substitutions, and even if I wanted to change something, I didn’t know how. Even reading back through some of my first blog posts, I see a lot of that.

But after 7+ years of trying new recipes and developing new recipes and failing at recipes and hitting some recipes out of the park, I feel like I’m a lot more comfortable with changing things up.

Don’t get me wrong – there are still plenty of times when I feel like I have no creativity running through me and all I need is a recipe to follow to the t. But a lot of the time now, I feel like I can change things up to my tastes or what I have on hand.
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Layers of red velvet cake and an easy no-churn cheesecake ice cream are layered in this impressive ice cream cake recipe.

Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake Recipe


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You had to see this one coming. :)

I have become a bit obsessed with ice cream cakes over the past year. It started with the Root Beer Float Ice Cream Cake, and then there was the Strawberry Milkshake Ice Cream Cake, and of course – I had to make an ice cream cake recipe with a red velvet twist.

And I wish I would have made this one sooner, because it very well just may be my favorite!
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