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Cook the Book: 'Rustic Fruit Desserts'

strawberry shortcake
cobbler-peach, apple, cherry, blueberry, raspberry

Cook the Book: 'Endangered Recipes' by Lari Robling

Making Hobo Dinners. Ground chuck patties, sliced potatoes, onions, bell peppers & mushrooms. A little salt and black peppered within an inch of their life. The old school way was to make them in heavy duty foil packets and bury them in coals in the ground. Now, we make them on weeknights in the oven. It's my childhood in a steaming silver package!

Cook the Book: 'Serious Barbecue' by Adam Perry Lang

Anytime I tackle grilling in unperfect weather. I'm like the Post Office--no weather event can hold me back when my grill beckons! In snow, sleet, thunderstorms and soaking rain (last night, in fact) my grill wins out everytime!

Cook the Book: 'Tacos'

Finally perfecting my shredded beef taco recipe. Soooo good!

What’s Your Favorite Weird Snack Combo?

@jujyfruit- My hubby & I do that with Wendy's Frosty's & fries! So many people (we found out) love that combo!

What’s Your Favorite Weird Snack Combo?

@jujyfruit- My hubby & I do that with Wendy's Frosty's & fries! So many people (we found out) love that combo!

Cook the Book: 'Real Cajun'

Here in the South, we associate love and food. All of my memories are of all of the great foods and snacks my momma made throughout my life. Cheese toast or cinnamon sugar toast in the morning, sometimes cut in long strips if I were on the go. Goulash, fried chicken, chicken and noodles, roast, taco salads, mashed potatoes, desserts galore.
No wonder I have a "junky trunk"! But it was packed on out of love! :o)

Cook the Book: 'The Asian Grill'

The country club where I used to work was always losing power. Trouble was, there are a ton of members who have homes on the same grounds as the club. So, when their power went out too, they would all swarm the club for food, not caring or realizing that we were without power as well. Members are always "right"!
We were able to make cold item like salads & sandwiches and we also fired up the grill outside for burgers, dogs, brats, chicken, etc. One man simply blew his top when he was told we could not serve french fries, since the fryer was down and demanded to know why we could not just place them on the grill. No, we did not attempt even though he was livid.
Ahhhhh, the country club life!

Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs....Easter Nirvana?

I love them striaght out of the freezer! Sooooo Goooood!
I agree with flags for the 4th of July. How about pumpkins for Halloween? Turkeys at Thanksgiving? Flowers for Spring? There is too long of a stretch between Easter & Christmas!
And I wish I could take advantage of them discounted after the holiday. I've learned if you don't snatch your batch up at least 2 weeks before said holiday, you will be S.O.L. They FLY out of our small town Wally World.

Laid-off Restaurant Critic's Plan B? Cook

Birkis black Kitchen Clogs all the way! I LIVED in mine for the past 10 years! (Well, a few pairs actually)
Good luck on your new job!

Cook the Book: 'Urban Italian'

Pulled Pork BBQ Lasagna--where Italian food and the South combine.
The best of both worlds! Made with a smokey tomato sauce

We also make a killer BBQ Spaghetti!

Cook the Book: 'Ten'

Being broke & unemployed, but scraping up the money to order Florentine Lace cookies from an Italian bakery in Boston because they make the BEST! I was never so happy to see a FedEx box in my life!

Cook the Book: 'Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating'

To be more aware of what I purchase & eat.
You don't always have to have meat at a meal and thats okay!

Cook the Book: 'Kneadlessly Simple'

Cornbreads- honey & orange, broccoli cheddar, mexican
Buttermilk Biscuits
Tropical Banana, with the addition of coconut & pineapple
Tropical Carrot- Made with the above additions
Cinnamon Swirl

Cook the Book: 'On the Line'

or in a N'awlins style boil with sausages, potatoes and corn!

'Top Chef' Season 5, Episode 12: 'Top Chef,' Not 'Top Pussy'

@dmarina --As soon as Fabio said that, my first thought was "That's this season's t-shirt!"
I have to admit, I almost bought Dave's "I'm Not Your Bitch, Bitch" shirt-and kick myself that I never did. But I did purchase the "Culinary Boner" shirt that I proudly my house only as a sleep shirt!

Valentine's Day Giveaway: Macarons from Itzy Bitzy Patisserie

Dark chocolate cookie with toastes coconut & almond filling
Chocolate cookie with salted caramel filling
Blood orange cookie with dark chocolate filling

Cook the Book: The Essence of Chocolate

My first Chocolate Chess pie of my grandmother's as a kid....
I was sooooo hooked!

Cook the Book: 'Osteria'

Spaghetti Bolagnese with homemade Garlic Bread
Beef Stew
and the ultimate....Buttery Cinnamon Toast w/ Hot Chocolate--a favorite from childhood!

Cook the Book: 'Baking Unplugged'

While making ganache for my cream cheese pound cakes, I added a HEALTHY DOSE of bourbon as usual....

...Then, I remembered that I was making these for my CHURCH bake sale.

Well, I sent them anyway and they sold like MAD!!!

Cook the Book: 'The Great Wings Book'

Wings of course-- ones spiced similar to Outbacks, sweet & spicy or bbq
Smoked sausage and cheese with crackers
Chips, salsa & rotel
Hot sausage & mushroom dip

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get my hands on this book!!!!
Thank you!


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