Archive for December, 2008

Monday, 15 December, 2008

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This recipe is inspired by my wonderful friends – it’s sort of a blend of the recipes that you all sent me! I took it to hubby’s family Christmas celebration on Sunday, and it was a HUGE hit – people just couldn’t stop talking about it and asking me for the recipe! It always feels good when you find a recipe that gets that sort of attention. So here it is!

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Friday, 12 December, 2008

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I was inspired to make chicken tortilla soup one cold and rainy night this week. I had most of the ingredients on hand to make the base for a soup, and just added some of hubby’s and my favorite “Mexican” ingredients. It turned out wonderfully.

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Thursday, 11 December, 2008

Dawg Balls

Okay, so there’s a story behind the name of these cookies. I got this wonderfully delicious cookie recipe from the lovely, talented, and resourceful friend Hayley because I was looking for a festive cookie to take to a tailgating party before a Georgia Bulldogs football game. (Go Dawgs!) My hubby saw me making these the morning of the party, and when he saw me rolling the chocolate balls of dough in red sprinkles, he said, “What are you making?!? Dawg balls?!?” And I said, “Yes!”

And that is how this cookie’s name came to be.

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Tuesday, 9 December, 2008

Easy Breakfast Casserole

This is a Christmas morning tradition in our household: I make the monkey bread, and mom makes the breakfast casserole. Both can be made the day before, and then popped into the oven while the family is opening presents. Mom’s strata is sooooo delicious, and not too greasy or heavy like the recipes I’ve seen that use crescent rolls. It puffs up and browns beautifully, and it heats up well the next day if you have leftovers!

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Monday, 8 December, 2008

My Father-In-Law’s Favorite Cookies


My father in law has one weakness: coconut macaroons! Since he was going to be at our Christmas gathering, I wanted to make him his favorite treat.

I’ve tested a lot of different macaroon recipes – the ones that use condensed milk seemed promising, but ended up too dry. The ones based on egg whites sounded okay, and they ended up being PERFECT.

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Monday, 8 December, 2008

Traditional Cut-Out Cookies

When I was growing up, every year we would make Christmas Cut-Outs and leave some by the fireplace for Santa. I have a shortbread recipe that I love to use for cutouts (I’ll post this before Christmas, don’t worry), but over the past few years, I’ve grown quite fond of Alton Brown’s Sugar Cookie Recipe.

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Monday, 8 December, 2008

Bourbon Baked Brie

This is a true southern delicacy. Brie is stuffed with bourbon-brown-sugar-soaked pecans, wrapped in puff pastry, and baked to golden perfection. I like to bring this as an appetizer when we are invited for dinner or a celebration – I always get requests for the recipe afterwards!

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Sunday, 7 December, 2008

Turtle Pretzel Candies


I adapted this recipe from one that I found on Allrecipes.com – one of my favorite websites because I love to read people’s reviews of different recipes! It’s been a much-loved treat in my family and my husband’s family ever since I discovered it.

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Sunday, 7 December, 2008

Winter Wonderland Cupcakes

Here are some Winter Wonderland Cupcakes that I came up with for my husband. He loooves peppermint and chocolate, so what could be better than combining these flavors in a scrumptious cupcake???

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Sunday, 7 December, 2008

Creamy Chocolate-Almond Fudge


This is the most balanced, easy-to-eat fudge recipe I’ve ever made. The perfect amount of sweetness, creaminess, crunchy nuts, and chocolate decadence. It was a big hit at our Christmas party!

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