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Pear Cake

This moist, tasty, simple pear cake is super easy to make. Seriously, I don’t think you could ask for much more except if would not require frosting…oh wait, it doesn’t. Unlike many cakes, this pear cake is good if it is still a little warm or made the day before. It is also a very […]

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Making Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

While there are recipes to make apple butter in a crock pot or an oven, the best apple butter is made over an open fire in a large kettle with the help of family and friends. This very old method may require a commitment, but the taste and the experience can not be matched. It […]

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Everything is Delicious at Everything Bagels

There is a hidden treasure in Cincinnati.  It is a bagel shop, Everything Bagels. Hidden from view of, yet almost next to, State Route 32  in the Eastgate area is this wonderful local gem that serves fantastic bagels and sandwiches. From the first time I ate there, it became one of my favorites and “must go-to” […]

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Strawberry Mascarpone Filled Cake

My daughter usually wants me to make her a strawberry cake for her birthday. The first year she asked for one, I made the strawberry cake with a strawberry filling completely from scratch. Although it was good, the color was kind of muted and not extremely appealing. The second year she asked for one, I […]

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Basic Buttercream Frosting

This frosting is a simple classic. it is easy to spread for a “crumb coating,” a filling between layers, and to frost an entire cake. Recipe: Basic Buttercream Frosting Ingredients 1/2 c. soft (room temp) unsalted butter 3 1/2 c. sifted confectioners’ sugar 1/8 tsp. salt 3 – 4 Tbsp. milk, half and half or […]

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Luigi’s Pizzeria in Louisville, Kentucky

We almost did not eat here. We walked by it to see what else was in the area. After all, it was very close to the Louisville Slugger Museum, so we thought it was probably overpriced and not very good. After walking several blocks, we returned and took our chances. It was a very good […]

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Cooked Rhubarb

Whether you call it stewed rhubarb, rhubarb compote, or any other name, this simple, delicious preparation of rhubarb reminds me of my mom. She just called it cooked rhubarb. She often made it from the fresh rhubarb in my parents yard or what she had frozen during the growing season. In fact, she often served […]

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Cookie Crumb Pie Crust

Inspired to make a different type of pie crust for an amaretto cream pie, I decided to try and make a crumb crust using almond spice cookies. The result was delicious. I have found that most crisp cookies work well in this basic, simple recipe.  I make either one deep dish pie or two standard […]

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Amaretto Cream Pie

A few years ago, my husband insisted we go to the Mt. Vernon Restaurant in Chattanooga, Tennessee for my birthday.   As it had always been our tradition for the birthday person to pick the restaurant,  I was not happy about going…to say the least.  To try and calm me, he explained he had been there […]

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Authentic New York Style Pizza in TN? New York Pizza Department

The NYPD: New York Pizza Department has brought authentic New York style pizza to the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Their Neapolitan pizza is a 24-inch pie that has to be folded a little to fit in the to-go box and has enormous slices. Most importantly, it has a great texture and taste. Located in a strip […]

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