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Dark and rich, this Chocolate Pound Cake is any chocolate lover’s dream. A dense chocolate cake has dark chocolate chips throughout and then is topped with a dark chocolate glaze.

Dark and rich, this Chocolate Pound Cake is any chocolate lover’s dream.  A dense chocolate cake has dark chocolate chips throughout and then is topped with a dark chocolate glaze.


Are you noticing a theme around here lately?

Um…. cookbook review….cookbook review….cookbook review…

So I just realized that this is the 3rd cookbook review I’ve done in the last 5 days. If you didn’t already know that I’m a little obsessed with cookbooks – well, you do now!! And this time of year is like Christmas for a cookbook collector. There are SO many great cookbooks that have been released that I can’t wait to get my hands on. I’m obviously working on getting my hands on all of them though! :)

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Chicken wings are marinated in a quick mixture of thai-inspired flavors and then baked to perfection in these Sweet Thai Chicken Wings.

Sweet Thai Chicken Wings - Chicken wings are marinated in a quick mixture of thai-inspired flavors and then baked to perfection in these Sweet Thai Chicken Wings.


I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m a fan of Frank’s RedHot sauce. I’m always game for a buffalo chicken inspired recipe!! I always have a bottle of the sauce in my refrigerator, and use it for everything from adding some heat and flavor to chili, add a little bit to my morning eggs, or of course – anything “buffalo”. So it’s only natural that I would jump at the chance to take a look at the newest cookbook from Rachel Rappaport – Cooking with Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce.
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Cheesecake and pumpkin pie combined! A cheesecake layer is topped with a pumpkin pie layer and then a layer of streusel in this holiday worthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie - Cheesecake and pumpkin pie combined! A cheesecake layer is topped with a pumpkin pie layer and then a layer of streusel. Perfect for any holiday!

Photos updated November 2014



Originally posted December 28, 2007 – A few months ago when a few friends and I got together to bake pies, I had a thought that I really wanted to work on my pie making skills.  So the plan was to make a pie a month.  I technically made this pie for the first time in October, but was having a very off day in the kitchen and it didn’t work out like I wanted it to.  I didn’t want to feel defeated, so I had to try again.  Luckily, the second time around it turned out perfectly.  I’ve actually made this pie several times over the last few years, and I love that you get both cheesecake and pie in one. It’s great for people that are indecisive like I am!  This Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie is sure to be a hit at any holiday celebration!

I should be posting about another Cookbook of the Month recipe from this month’s book – Candymaking – but I don’t have another recipe to share!! This last week has been busy and lazy at the same time. When I haven’t been busy, I’ve just wanted to take it easy. I did set out to make some chocolates yesterday, but because I still haven’t bought a new candy thermometer, I ended up overcooking the centers, and instead of starting over, I just gave up. I think I just wasn’t in the mood. So no candy recipes today, but instead, I bring you a pie!

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Chicken thighs are cooked in the slow cooker in a tomatillo and pasilla pepper mixture, then served up in tortillas for these Tomatillo Chicken Tacos.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos - chicken thighs are cooked all day in a salsa verde sauce for easy yet amazing tacos.


It is that time of year when everyone seems to be pulling out their slow cookers. I think there is something about the cooling of the weather and the changing of the seasons that make us want that is slow cooked and comforting. And easy, since I swear this time of year until the end of the year is so busy that I can’t even see straight most of the time.

So to celebrate our love of the slow cooker, I have another cookbook review for you today!!
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Creamy homemade macaroni and cheese is made with gruyere cheese and filled with leeks and ham for an irresistible version of macaroni and cheese that the whole family will love.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Leeks - Creamy homemade macaroni and cheese is made with gruyere cheese and filled with leeks and ham for an irresistible version of macaroni and cheese that the whole family will love.


Have you ever felt like you were fated to make a recipe?

What? It’s just me?

Maybe it’s my obsessiveness with food, but this recipe came to me at the perfect time. Here’s how it went down.

I love using leeks, but most (almost all) recipes call for 1 leek. Yet I can never buy just one leek. At the grocery stores near me, there are always 2 or 3 of the bundled together. Well, I needed one leek for a soup that I was making for dinner. The store had bundles of 3, so I just went for it. The soup was delicious, but I was still stuck with 2 leeks.
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Pumpkin, sage and nutmeg add a warm richness to this Alfredo recipe that is served over ravioli for a comforting and easy fall or winter dinner.

Ravioli with Pumpkin Alfredo - Pumpkin, sage and nutmeg add a warm richness to this Alfredo recipe that is served over ravioli for a comforting and easy fall or winter dinner.

As much as I love pumpkin desserts, I think that using pumpkin in savory dishes often gets ignored. Which is quite a shame, because I think it works so perfectly for dinner just as well as it does for dessert. I’m no stranger to adding pumpkin to my pasta or chili, and whenever I come across a recipe that uses pumpkin in a savory recipe, I’m automatically drawn to it.

I was at a dinner last night, and there were two people at the table who admitted to not being big pumpkin fans. I think I need to share this recipe with them, as I think even pumpkin haters would love this. The pumpkin flavor is not overpowering, but the sauce definitely tastes a little different than your normal Alfredo sauce. I think it’s the perfect way to warm up your pasta sauce!
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