Chocolate Cream Pie

I have been craving pie lately but couldn’t figure out which kind I wanted. I looked through both of my pie cookbooks as well as through my Grandma’s recipes and another old cookbook I have. Nothing jumped out at me, so I decided to look in the index of one of my pie books. FINALLY! A recipe for chocolate cream pie caught my attention and I decided that’s exactly what I wanted to make. I strayed from the recipe on the crust that was supposed to be used because I don’t have/didn’t want to get out and buy vodka. Instead I used a recipe for an all-shortening crust from the author’s mother and it works perfectly. Ready to make a delicious pie? Continue reading

The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls

For many years in high school and early college, I was obsessed with watching the Food Network. Almost any time the TV was on when I was watching, it was more than likely a show about designing cakes, making meals, or food competitions. One year a new show came on called The Pioneer Woman. I immediately fell in love with the show and ended up buying one of her cookbooks. This one to be exact.

After spending time perusing the cookbook, I finally came across a cinnamon roll recipe I wanted to try. However, the recipe would make 40-50 rolls, which is wayyyyy too much for me to eat by myself. I spent time halving the recipe then worked through it a couple of times to tweak it some more to my personal tastes. It’s sweet but not overbearing and has just the right amount of spice and flavor to it. Unfortunately with this batch I left out a few ingredients (so that step won’t be pictured). The good news is that the cinnamon rolls proofed and baked just fine and don’t taste too bad!

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Packing on the Pounds

Pound cake that is.

Yesterday I was reading a book called A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White when one of the main character’s grandmother made a pound cake. Reading about it got me craving one, so I figured I would find a recipe in one of my many cookbooks and make my own. The first place I looked was my grandmother’s cookbook. Lo and behold, I found a recipe for pound cake!

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It’s a Learning Process

The great part about baking is learning what you can and can’t use in recipes. Cooking is fairly easy – you can throw ingredients together and don’t really have to worry about using precise amounts of any given ingredient. Baking is tricky, though. If you use too much or too little of an ingredient, it can ruin the whole batch.

I wanted to make peanut blossoms to go with the rest of the desserts I made for our neighbors. Let’s face it, being on a baking kick and having no one to give your treats to isn’t any fun and leads to stomach aches and regret… or is that just me?

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Orange You Glad It’s the Holiday Season?

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the food. What other time of the year is it fully acceptable to eat cookies and candies and other delicious treats?!

Oh, yeah… Halloween.

A favorite sweet treat of mine are orange nut balls. They’re small bites of a delicious, sweet, orange, pecan, and coconut mixture that melt in your mouth. It’s hard to eat just one! It took a little while for this recipe to grow on me, but as my taste buds matured, a fondness grew for this dessert and I looked forward to having them every year. The great part about this dessert is that it’s fairly simple to make – it just takes a little time.

For this recipe you’ll need:

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  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  • 1 box powdered sugar – the recipe calls for 4x, but if you can’t find it 10x will work just fine
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • shredded coconut

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Back Again with Grandma’s Fudge

Well it’s been a whirlwind summer-to-fall season. A lot has happened between my last post and now including the passing of my mother, college graduation, the end of my internship on Hilton Head, moving back home to Alabama, and getting a job in Knoxville.

Since it’s almost Christmas, I figured I would make some cheery desserts. First on the list: Grandma’s fudge. Grandma (my mom’s mom) was an excellent cook and baker from what I’ve heard. When my Papa (her husband) passed away a few years ago, I was given the book she was published in. Yes, you read that right. Grandma’s recipe was published in a book – Farm Journal’s Choice Chocolate Recipes to be exact! Her copy has a letter from Farm Journal’s food editor as well as a picture of her with the book.

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