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Salted Caramel Sheet Cake is a moist and easy cake with a homemade caramel frosting. If you're feeding a crowd, you'll have a happy party!

Salted Caramel Sheet Cake

Salted Caramel Sheet Cake is a moist and easy cake with a homemade caramel frosting. If you’re feeding a crowd, you’ll have a happy party! I know I have bombarded y’all with desserts this week, but I have to share one more. First though, a little housekeeping. If you’re receiving my posts via email and you’re getting …

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Overhead shot of a serving of pumpkin bread pudding in a dish with whipped cream.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding made with challah bread, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and cloves, and topped with a warm caramel drizzle. This one is simple comfort food that tastes amazing! If you haven’t finalized your Thanksgiving menu yet (then you are a procrastinator!) this is a wonderful pumpkin bread pudding recipe that you could add to your …

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Southern Salsa

Fresh Salsa Southern Style

Fresh salsa made with garden fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, Vidalia onions, and herbs. It’s a great sweet and savory appetizer! If you’re lucky enough to live in the South, then you know we have an abundance of choices when it comes to fresh vegetables all throughout the spring and summer. One of our favorites around …

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Beef Enchiladas

Beef Enchiladas are made with ground beef and are so easy you can make them on a busy weeknight. These are freezer friendly and a perfect make ahead dinner! We love Mexican food here in our Southern kitchen. Like Italian, Mexican food is diverse enough that there’s usually something for everyone. If you don’t eat …

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Easy Polenta Recipe

This easy polenta recipe is creamy and cheesy and bakes in the oven—no stirring required! Here’s what I don’t understand about polenta: How is it that Southerners never discovered this dish? We do everything imaginable with cornmeal—bake it as cornbread, fry it as hushpuppies, use it as breading or thickener—how did we never cook it …

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Side view of a slice of new york-style cheesecake with strawberries on top.

Classic Cheesecake Recipe

Classic Cheesecake Recipe for a New York style cheesecake that is perfect every time! It’s rich, creamy and luscious and can be served plain or with a caramel, chocolate, or raspberry topping. My family tends to disagree about a lot of things. We are almost all on a different place on the political spectrum. Some …

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Easy brownies made with melted butter and cocoa, all in one bowl! These brownies are fudgy, moist, and so good!

Easy Brownies

Easy brownies made with melted butter and cocoa, all in one bowl! These brownies are fudgy, moist, and so good! Dear Brownie, When my friends in the Let’s Lunch club selected Grief Bacon: Your Comfort Food in Times of Great Stress/Grief as the theme for January’s post, I have to admit I didn’t immediately decide …

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Even though they’re not chocolate, Mexican Wedding Cookies are one of my favorites. I love the buttery, soft texture with just a little crunch from the ground nuts and the flavor is so divine…not too sweet even though they are rolled in powdered sugar. I usually make a few dozen of these cookies for Christmas, but we …

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Raspberry Brie Appetizer

Easy Raspberry Brie Appetizer that your guests will devour and come back for more! Just bake brie in a phyllo shell and top with raspberry preserves—simple yet elegant! Many times when we’re having a party, I will serve a fabulous, time-consuming main dish that I may spend hours getting ready. That means that the accompanying …

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Here’s the thing about having a best friend who owns an art gallery and another who should be a professional decorator…they love doing things like styling photos. We were hanging out at dk Gallery last weekend for a free jazz concert in Marietta. I had made this smoked salmon dip and needed photos for this post. …

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Caprese Bites

Caprese Bites made with grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil, and drizzled with balsamic glaze—this is an light, easy appetizer that will have your guests coming back for more! This is just about the easiest appetizer you can make, and the bonus is that it’s relatively healthy. All you need are grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, …

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Bolognese Sauce

We love anything Italian around here…pizza, pasta, bread…those things can get consumed in mass quantities. Of course, we probably don’t eat authentic Italian food, but the Americanized version is just fine. It’s so easy to throw together a dinner party with a pot of spaghetti sauce and your favorite pasta, or take a little more …

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Creamy Green Herb Dip

Creamy Green Herb Dip is cream cheese and sour cream-based, with lots of fresh herbs and garlic. And the best thing is that it’s all thrown in the food processor so it’s QUICK and EASY! Spring is finally here and I’m so glad! I love feeling the warm sunshine and seeing the green buds everywhere, …

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Raspberry and Strawberry Trifle

Easy Raspberry and Strawberry Trifle with layers of raspberry sauce, whipped cream, chocolate, and crushed shortbread cookies. This one is delightful for any of your special celebrations—or just Wednesday night! A trifle can be so many things…leftover brownies (is there such a thing?!) layered with whipped cream, or layers of fruit and whipped cream, or banana …

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup with rotisserie chicken, chopped onions and peppers, black beans and corn—lots of flavor happening in this easy and yummy soup! We usually have a few people at our house every weekend during football season. The Georgia game is on downstairs, along with whatever other game folks want to watch. Everyone brings something …

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Donna’s Italian Beef

When friends gather around the table in my Southern kitchen, there is usually not a preponderance of actual Southerners—more likely, we are the minority. Living outside Atlanta, most of our friends are transplants from around the country who have lived in Georgia for so long that they consider themselves half-Southern. One of my dearest friends …

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