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Hummingbird Cake

Skip the boring banana bread and breathe new life into that overripe fruit with this tropical Hummingbird Cake recipe.  The Caribbean is calling, and this cake is the next best thing! “If you build it, they will come,” has worked exactly (at least) two times in history: once in a Kevin Costner movie and once for the tourism board of Jamaica. It may be hard for those of us who dream of Montego Bay beaches to imagine, but in the 1970s it wasn’t exactly a tourist hotspot. In an attempt to bring more flights and full wallets in from...

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The Best Rice Krispie Treats

The BEST Rice Krispie Treats – soft and chewy, with lots of sticky, gooey threads of marshmallows melting in your mouth. This recipe makes just a few modifications to the classic treat to create something extraordinary!  I suspect most of you remember pouring a bowl of cereal on some cartoon-laden Saturday morning and leaning quietly over the pool of milk to hear the not-so-elusive snap, crackle, and pop. I also suspect many of you, like me, didn’t have that experience until AFTER biting into a chewy, crispy rice krispie treat and watching the little strings of sweet marshmallow stretch...

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Oreo Cheesecake

The simple perfection of a classic Oreo cookie combines with the rich decadence of a cheesecake to make this show-stopping dessert. My Oreo Cookie Cheesecake is guaranteed to bring back fond childhood memories of milk and cookies even though you’re going to need a fork this time! Few snack foods fill me with nostalgia like Oreo cookies. I enjoyed them as a little girl and then later shared them with my own children. What’s not to love about that signature sweet “stuff” sandwiched between two crispy chocolate cookies? I’d argue that the act of eating them is even a...

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Grape Salad

Spring has sprung and thoughts are drifting to warm days and cool picnic treats. Pull out your favorite Tupperware to share this sweet, light Grape Salad with your friends and bring copies of the recipe. They’ll want you to share! Raise your hand if you like simple recipes. Yeah, me too. There’s definitely a sense of accomplishment when you spend hours in the kitchen successfully tackling a long and complicated recipe, especially with something like a luscious lasagna or an eight-layer chocolate cake as a reward. Some weeks, though, are filled with extra appointments or kid’s soccer games or...

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Cosmic Brownies

Rich, fudgy Brownies topped with a wonderfully thick, chocoate ganache frosting. These are an amazing homemade copycat version of Little Debbies Cosmic Brownies!   Take a trip down memory lane with me: you are in elementary school, sitting in a big cafeteria. In front of you sits your lunch box, decorated with whatever cartoon character you happened to be in to at the time. As you open the box, you see a sandwich, an apple, maybe a bag of chips, and – yes! – a delicious little treat. You may see a different treat than me in that box,...

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