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Hazelnut Coffee Brownies

I was out of my regular baking oil tonight, but I still wanted to make some brownies. As I looked through my pantry, I came across some hazelnut oil. So, I thought, “Why not?” Chocolate and hazelnut going well together, coffee and hazelnut go well together, and chocolate and coffee go well together, so all …

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Random Thoughts: Part 2

 Butter Substitute: I have used Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine sticks for years as my butter substitute.  For the most part, the difference between it and butter is minimal. Cookies tend to spread a little more and my sugar cookie edges are not quite as crisp, but the taste is the best in my opinion (and I’m …

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Random Thoughts

It’s funny how one little ingredient can make or break a dish. I made Kung Pao Pork the other night and when we sat down to eat it just tasted off. I couldn’t even finish it. I was quite upset with how it turned out. I’ve made this dish many, many times and I couldn’t …

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark, rich, velvety brownies are small squares of chocolaty paradise. I know some people like theirs with nuts, but I prefer the simple luxurious texture of the brownie itself. This particular recipe has A LOT of chocolate in it, but who’s going to complain about that? Not me! I added some black cocoa powder to …

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Homemade ‘Oreo’ Cookies

–> –> Who didn’t like Oreos growing up? Well, there may be some of you, but I think most of us enjoyed twisting and/or dunking those little black and white sandwich cookies. The Oreo chocolate wafers have a unique chocolate flavor that isn’t easy to recreate. To really get that flavor it’s best to use …

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Decorating Like Crazy!

I’ve been decorating cakes for a very long time, but I’ve never had any formal training. So, I decided to sign up for some cake decorating classes. I had a lot of the basics, but I wanted to tweak my method and learn a few new techniques in course 1. I have to say that …

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Did you know that peanuts are not really nuts, but are members of the legume (bean) family? I had no idea until I took a botany classification class in grad school. It is also known as a groundnut because the flower of the peanut plant bends to the ground and pushes the ovary underground where …

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