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Grandma’s Mincemeat

My paternal grandma’s mincemeat pie was a much sought after item by relatives close and far on my dad’s side of the family.¬† It was not turned down on my mom’s side of the family either ūüôā¬† It was a staple at the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. She and my parents tweaked her original […]

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Liege Belgian Waffles

While light, airy Belgian waffles that fill breakfast plates across the United States are very tasty, they are not my favorite of the Belgian waffles. ¬†Yes, there are actually two different types of Belgium waffles in the world. ¬†The light, airy one is often referred to as a Brussels waffle. ¬†The other smaller, sugar-laden type […]

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Nut Bread Roll

One of the Christmas breads my mom made was a Nut Bread Roll. ¬† She was originally given the recipe by a neighbor of one of our relatives after mentioning that it was the best nut roll she had ever eaten. ( I am not sure how many she had ever eaten as they were […]

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Pear Jello Salad

Gelatin salads remind me of my grandmother. ¬†I think she made a different one for every holiday. ¬†I loved ones with fruit and without cottage cheese. ¬†Cottage cheese in any gelatin salad was always a dissappointment to me and was not something I would usually eat…despite liking both Jello and cottage cheese seperately. I was […]

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Pumpkin Ice Cream

Inspired by the delicious small-batch pumpkin ice cream at Clumpies in Chattanooga, I decided to make my own pumpkin ice cream for Thanksgiving. ¬†Despite my winging the recipe, it turned out great! ¬†Dare I say it…I think it may have even been better than Clumpies. Frankly, I think I like it better than pumpkin pie […]

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Banana Chimichanga

Inspired by a dessert my daughter and I shared at a local Latin American restaurant that closed a couple of years ago. I decided to use some of an abundance of tortillas I had to make a tortilla wrapped banana dessert. As I only had my sketchy memory to go by, I decided to make […]

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Chocolate Mousse a.k.a. Mousse Au Chocolat

I am not sure what prompted my fascination with a recipe for Mousse Au Chocolat (Chocolate Mousse) I found in the French section of my mom’s early 1960’s McCall’s Cook Book, but I find that, on some level, it still continues to this day. I started making it as a teen for my chocolate-loving dad […]

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Mom’s Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

Have you ever left a partial carton of ice cream in a sink to melt so you could discard it only to find that it would not really turn into a liquid? Instead, the melted ice cream produced some liquid and a blob of a substance that did not look very appetizing. Moreover, it was […]

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Berry or Cherry Angel Delight Dessert

Berry (or Cherry) Angel Delight is a delicious dessert that can easily be made without heating anything. Plus, this crowd pleasing dessert takes just minutes to throw together. It just needs to chill out for awhile in the refrigerator before serving. Thus, it is one of my go-to desserts. My mom would frequently make this […]

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Easy and Sweet Phyllo Tartlets

Little individual desserts not only are automatic portion control, they also are great for entertaining and cute. Plus, small desserts like phyllo tartlets allow you to easily offer options to accommodate a variety of food restrictions that are frequently encountered. These particular tartlets are vegan-friendly. Non-vegans need not be concerned because unless someone tells you, […]

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