Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes & a little history

Pineapples have been around forever, right? Yes! Well, almost. In reality, canned pineapples that we use in our beloved upside down cakes were not available until 1903 when Jim Dole of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole Pineapple) perfected a way to tin them. So where did people get the idea of putting fruit at…

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The Best Pound Cake Recipe & First Pressed Vintage Recipe Dated 1796

Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, dating back to 1796, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour. A successful pound cake should be moist, buttery, dense yet light and full of flavor. Here’s the recipe I have used for years and the one that gets the most requests,…

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7 Prosperous Good Luck Foods for the New Year

“Out with the old in with the new.” This age old wish rings true in most every home on New Year’s Eve and Day. Why not welcome in the year proper with the addition of your favorite foods to ensure good fortune? Here are the wondrous 7 to help lead the way. Fish Fish are…

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Culinary Reflections “Travels Through Christmas” by Jackson Stones

“Travels Through Christmas” by Jackson Stones Through my work and holidays I have been lucky to have traveled to many countries. Some of these were during the Christmas period, so I thought of recalling some of those memories here. I remember some of the Christmas dinners, yet as I was writing this I noticed how…

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Guest Chef Christmas Cookie Exchange! Maria’s Mexican Chocolate Wedding Cookies

The cookies that are served at most weddings and celebrations are known in Mexico as biscochitos. The basic ingredients are nearly identical to Russian teacakes or shortbread: ground nuts, flour, butter, sugar. In Mexico they are rolled into balls or formed into crescent shapes and covered with confectioner’s sugar. Maria has twisted the traditional recipe…

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A Real Twinkie Cupcake Recipe…Experience the Difference

Twinkie Cupcakes In the wake of yesterday’s post about the history of America’s beloved Twinkie, of course I had to offer a recipe to follow the blog. I chose cupcakes because they were the most similar tasting to pop culture’s spongy, cream-filled cakes. The addition of the Princess cake emulsion is what truly gives them…

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Traditional Southern Red Velvet Cake with Heritage Frosting

This is Mama Carmela’s cherished recipe for Red Velvet Cake with Heritage frosting.  Perfection takes a bit of time, but this is an easy to follow, classic, Southern cake, made with love and tastes outrageous; well worth the little bit of extra effort! It is incredibly delicious with cream cheese or cooked heritage frosting—my choice…

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Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes: Cupcakes

I love this recipe not only because I love pineapple upside down cake, but because they provide one individual serving. The perfect anytime treat without tainting the entire gorgeous cake. This is also a time to play with your food. This recipe is for a muffin-like cupcake and are amazing. However, I like to pretty…

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The BEST, EASY Fluffy Made From Scratch Pancakes

It’s National Pancake Week and we kicked off the week with a favorite of Abraham Lincoln’s, the Johnnycake. Now I’m bringing you the history behind pancakes and the best, fluffy,made from scratch recipe…ever! It’s said that the origin of pancakes can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks who made a form of pancake known…

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