Cinnamon Rolls on a Stick

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Why is it that when you put food on a stick it tastes better? This isn’t just a Minnesota/Midwest thing. This is worldwide. Every country on earth has a favorite food-on-a-stick. Is it that we all secretly want to be Paul Bunyan, able to uproot pine trees and use them as toothpicks? Do we all…

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Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake

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I’m going to apologize to anyone who is on a diet or watching their waistline or avoiding sweets right now and get it out of the way. I also tender my deepest and most sincere apologies to carrot cake and pineapple upside down cake addicts because what I’ve done? Well, it’s dangerous. Really dangerous. My…

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Homemade Hot Dog Buns

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I make my own hot dog buns. I’ve had a couple friends tell me -in the most loving way possible- that I’m off my nut for making hot dog buns. “You can get them anywhere! You’re certifiable!” Why in heaven’s name would I make hot dog buns when there are so many available to buy?…

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Ultimate Guacamole

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I adore guacamole. I eat it on tortilla chips, pretzels, in burritos, on hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, over rice, by the spoonful… Whatever is the fastest and most efficient delivery system available to get the guacamole from the bowl to my mouth is the one I’m going to choose. This is one of those foods that…

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Cucumber Gin Coolers

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I’m not a very accomplished bartender. The sum of my barkeep experience was stalling the patrons at the restaurant where I worked on the late shift while the real, honest-to-goodness bartender ran into the back to make a personal phone call. When she returned to her post, I gratefully returned to mine; the deep-fryer and…

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Bacon and Eggs Candy

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I love food with a sense of humour. Something silly that makes you giggle and screams, “EAT ME!” * *Well, unless something is actually screaming “eat me” which would be more than just a little disconcerting. It just doesn’t get much cuter than these little “Bacon and Eggs” candies that I saw years ago in…

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Orange Vanilla Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecakes

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My childhood tasted great. It tasted like homemade pizza, tacos, lumpia, big green salads, sourdough pretzels, Jell-o Pudding Pops (swirl was my favorite), sun tea, grilled hamburgers, Necco wafers and cookies. It tasted like summer. Raised on the grounds of the summer camp and retreat center that my father managed, summer was a blur of…

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Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

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I’d like to observe a moment of silence for my waistline. *Silence punctuated by the sound of chewing. Munch, munch, mmmmmmm… It’s moments like these that I wonder what I’m doing to you folks: you kind, sweet people who come read my recipes, laugh with me, send me wonderful notes and leave flattering and/or hilarious…

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Shortbread Cookie Spoons (Spookies)

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You know how sometimes everything just comes together at the right time? Those moments where inspiration strikes at the same time that you have all the supplies to make it happen? This is one of those moments. I had just made some velvety, luscious chocolate custard and one of my friends started talking about the…

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Garlic Butter Soft Pretzel Bites

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I declare soft pretzels in their many forms to be my all-time favorite snack food with ZERO exceptions. Sure, there are many other delicious things with which to satisfy a snack attack, but there is nothing to compare to the pure satisfaction of biting into a chewy, salty, warm, soft pretzel. With mustard. Lots of…

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