Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Truffle Cups.

Two-ingredient chocolate mousse truffle cups are a rich, intensely dark chocolate experience!

For a dessert that’s only two ingredients, I sure had a hard time naming this one. An intensely chocolatey concoction of coconut milk + deep dark chocolate, chocolate mousse truffle cups are mousse-ish, but not fluffy, and truffle-like, but you can eat it with a spoon. I don’t really care what you call it, but if you need a quick, easy, make-ahead dessert for Valentine’s Day (or any day) – this is it! Continue reading “Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Truffle Cups.”

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Easy Lemon Pie.

I made this easy lemon pie (aka: lemon icebox pie) for the first time over the summer (okay, fine, the first couple of times) – and the bright citrus flavor is so fresh and summery! But even though lemons are available year-round, they do have an actual season – late fall through the winter. It’s really the perfect time of year for lemon pie! I’ve got sunshiii-iiine…on a cloudy daaayy…. Continue reading “Easy Lemon Pie.”

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Chocolate Cake (aka The Birthday Cake).

chocolate cake with chocolate icing

I’ve always loved to bake, and a few years ago I decided to part ways with cake mixes. I mean, making a cake from scratch has to taste better, right? Um, not necessarily. I’ve tried a lot of recipes and while they’ve all been “good” in the “I’m eating chocolate cake” sense, I haven’t always loved the texture, or the taste was unexciting. But this – this is by far the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made – and maybe ever had?? It’s so moist, so chocolatey, so light and fluffy, and it makes the perfect birthday cake. My four-year-old had it for her 3rd birthday…then we made it again for her half birthday (yes, we make half a cake for half birthdays around here), and her 4th birthday, and we just made it for my mom’s birthday! It’s pretty beloved around here. Continue reading “Chocolate Cake (aka The Birthday Cake).”

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Chicken Caesar Wraps.

Chicken Caesar Wrap

**This Faster-than-Fast-Food post brought to you by my sister, Laurie!**

When I was in college, one of my favorite meals from our little food court (affectionately knows as the Furman P-Den) was chicken caesar wraps. I haven’t thought of them in years, but all of a sudden last night I was consumed with the need to eat one again. Continue reading “Chicken Caesar Wraps.”

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First Taste: Copycat Outback Bread.

slicing outback bread

I made a pot of this ham, potato, and corn chowder (incidentally, I made it without ham – and no one missed it, because bacon), and my initial plan was to make a batch of no-knead bread to go with it. When I was getting out the ingredients, though, I noticed a box of vital wheat gluten that I bought like 6 months ago when Mel from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (<–one of my favorite food blogs!!) posted this recipe for a similar-to-Outback sweet molasses bread. (Actually, I noticed it the other day when our one-year-old raided that cabinet and ripped the box open. She also wandered by me with a pilfered tortilla chip recently. The natives are restless and they’re getting bolder.) Continue reading “First Taste: Copycat Outback Bread.”

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Apple Cake.

I’m not immune to pumpkin fever this time of year. I made a double batch of pumpkin bread last week (why yes, that is 4 loaves) and it was glorious. But you know what else can give you all the happy cinnamon-spicy fall feelings? Apples. In many forms…applesauceapple pie dip with cinnamon sugar pita chips…and especially, especially, apple cake. Continue reading “Apple Cake.”

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Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup (with crunchy baked tortilla strips).

a loaded bowl of crockpot chicken tortilla soup with crunchy baked tortilla strips

I’ve been wanting to add some more crockpot recipes to my repertoire…and according to the survey, that would help a lot of you, too! (Thank you so much for your feedback! If you haven’t responded yet, it would be a huge help!) To be honest, I tend to feel a little uninspired in my crockpotting. I haven’t found many recipes that I want to make over and over, which is my main barometer for a successful recipe.  (A notable exception is this bbq beef, which is delicious and only has three ingredients!) Continue reading “Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup (with crunchy baked tortilla strips).”

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The Best Oven Fries.

crispy crunchy oven fries

These aren’t just good-for-homemade oven fries. These are my favorite fries in all the land. They’re crispy and salty, thick but not stodgy…and you don’t have to peel the potatoes (which saves time and obviously pushes us to the right on the junk food<—–>health food continuum). Continue reading “The Best Oven Fries.”

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