Lemon Christmas Cake — Simply Made Kitchen and Crafts

A couple of years ago, I was invited to an afternoon luncheon where a gathering of friends would celebrate the coming of Christmas. When I arrived, several women were happily chatting as they placed holiday favors at each place setting. An assortment of Christmas chocolates, candy canes, and holiday ornaments were individually wrapped for each […]…

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Jamie & JB’s Braised Chicken in Milk

I have so many noteworthy Guest Chef recipes that I simply need to extend the offerings in this category to a 2 week period. I have a few fresh recipes from new guest chef’s on the agenda as well. So many incredible culinary contributions-so little time! Please Note: I’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with my reader…

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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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Pacific Northwest Glazed Smoked Salmon: The 30 Minute Marvel

Get to know your food: Did you know that salmon is considered anadromous: born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, and then return to fresh water to reproduce? They maintain one color when living in fresh water, then change color when they are in salt water. Good to know and makes me tired just…

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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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The Best Moist Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf Recipe…Ever!

Today we celebrate National Banana Bread Day! There are as many banana bread recipes as there are plantations in the Americas. However, this is mine with the addition of nibs of chocolate which add a rich, chocolaty depth. This lovely loaf is moist and luscious with a hint of spice to compliment the banana flavor….

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Barbecue Ranch Chicken: 3 Ways 3 Ingredients

3 Ingredients and 3 different ways to prepare one of the moistest, tenderest, flavorful and easy chicken dishes around! Prep is minimal, but bottled ranch dressing is NOT recommended—it’s not thick enough. In fact, I use a little less milk and more mayonnaise when preparing the dressing. It sticks to the chick better 🙂 A…

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Guest Chef Ricky’s Blue Ribbon Double Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

This simple, fudgy chocolate dream couldn’t be easier! Dress it up or dress it down, but start with a box of chocolate cake mix and a few simple ingredients like sour cream and chocolate chips and the end result will make a moist, intensely-flavored chocolate cake with textbook results every time! Ingredients: 1 (18.25 oz)…

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