Baked Blackberry Brie

Baked Blackberry Brie

 

I recently grabbed a wheel of brie on my last big grocery haul, having zero clue what I would really end up doing with it. I thought it would be nice to use at some point. It sat in my fridge for a while. I didn’t want to just cut it up and eat it. That seemed too boring.

 

I happened to have some blackberries around and a few day-old homemade buns that I tend to always make too many of (because they are SO good!). I decided to go with a Baked Blackberry Brie with some crispy toast points made from those leftover buns.

 

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Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

 

As a P.K. (Preacher’s Kid in layperson speak), Easter was always a bit of a stressful day. Everyone would throw on their best dress; Mom would force me into some pastel sweater or children’s clip-on bow tie. You know the drill. All of this didn’t seem to matter though because, well, PEEPS®! Those delicious, sugar-coated sugar puffs made everything juuuuust fine.

 

Having made marshmallows before, I though I would see if I could birth a few beloved baby chicks of my own in the kitchen.

 

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Cinnamon Sticky Buns {w Dulce de Leche Caramel}

Sticky Buns

 

Waking up is hard to do…. — UNLESS you are waking up to a sweet, sticky pastry packed full of cinnamon and topped with a deliciously creamy dulce de leche caramel sauce! Actually, you probably won’t even want to sleep at all when you have these waiting for you in the kitchen.

 

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Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

 

If you need a super quick party treat, this is it! I don’t mean super-quick as in 30 minutes. I’m talking 5 minutes. You probably already have everything at home to make them, too. Grab the rest of the bag of milk chocolate chips that you have been snacking on since you last made our lovely cannoli recipe, some peanuts or cashews and you are ready to go!

 

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Candied Pecan Cheese Danish

Candied Pecan Cheese Danish

 

I doubt you have noticed… but I tend to post more sweet recipes than savory ones. It’s not that I don’t enjoy regular food or anything. I just really enjoy the baking side of a kitchen. Baking is very technical, something that I find comforting (Scientist, what?) once you have a good grasp on it. With this in mind, there are a few techniques that have given me a run for my money. Laminated pastry dough is certainly one of them. There are so many ways to completely screw it up and end up with a big [still delicious!] pile of non-layered pastry. When you finally get that perfect pastry, there is really nothing better. Danish pastry is one of my favorite applications. Cheese Danish, of course!

 

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Baked Candied Pecans

Baked Candied Pecans

 

Short and sweet… and certainly addictive! With my family being from Georgia, I grew up on pecans. I can remember sitting in my grandmother’s living room after family holidays with a nut sheller for hours. That was the deal. She would give us a couple boxes (yes… boxes.) of perfect Georgia pecans if we shelled them ourselves. Deal! After all, I could sneak a few [handfuls] in during the labor.

 

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Loaded Fried Green Tomatoes

Loaded Fried Green Tomatoes

 

Continuing with our movie food theme, I decided to make one of my favorite side items– fried green tomatoes. Mashed potatoes, maybe a steak or BBQ chicken and crispy fried tomatoes. The perfect country meal! This time, I decided to make it the feature item instead of the lonely bench player that nobody ever notices. We will put this dish center-stage just like you would a potato. We are gonna load it up!

 

 

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