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Pizzelles

One of my favorite places to go after Christmas every year was to visit my relatives in Toronto, Ohio…a small town along the Ohio River whose most famous son may have been Robert Urich. The reason I loved to go…beyond seeing my relatives…was that many people in the area recognized Orthodox Christmas and the decorations […]

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German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

German chocolate cake is something that I have never been that into…except for its icing. I love its coconut-pecan icing. It was never a cake that my mom or grandmothers made very often. In fact, the only person I remember frequently making a German chocolate cake was my uncle. He made two desserts that I […]

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Oatmeal Pie

The only place I have ever had Oatmeal Pie is in the Amish Country of Ohio. I read that it is/was popular in the southern United States as well. However, I have never found it on a menu since moving to the South more than six years ago. It does remind me of pecan pie, […]

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Buckeye Balls

Having lived most of my life on the West Virginia side of the West Virginia-Ohio border I often heard jokes about the Buckeyes(Ohioans) being worthless nuts. Buckeye trees were common in the area, so I was also aware of making sure to distinguish between buckeyes and chestnuts when collecting nuts. However, my favorite reference to […]

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Coconut-Date Balls

One of the recipes I found stuffed in my mom’s recipe box was on notebook paper that I recognized as being from my paternal grandmother’s recipe binder. The handwriting did not quite look like my grandmother’s, but it was close enough that I assume it was either her or one of her sisters who wrote […]

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate + fiber rich oatmeal = delicious dessert goodness. Peanut butter oatmeal bars are an easy and quick treat to make. They are a great to serve family gatherings and potlucks.

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Caramel Icing

My daughter was having a difficult time deciding what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday, so I suggested that she decide what type of icing or frosting she wanted first then we could figure out a cake that went with it. So, I started naming over all the frosting and icing types I […]

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Grandma’s Banana Cake

In my mom’s recipe box, I found a recipe in my paternal grandmother’s handwriting for banana cake. I can’t say I remember either my mom or my grandmother making a banana cake, but I decided I wanted to give it a try. My daughter wanted caramel icing for her birthday, so I suggested we try […]

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Raspberry Filled Chocolate Candy

Whoever first thought of putting red raspberries and chocolate together must have had divine inspiration.  To me, there is not any better combination as raspberry goes so well with every version of chocolate from very dark to white. As Easter is just around the corner, I am back into the candy making.  I seem to […]

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Candied Sweet Potatoes

Whether you eat candied sweet potatoes as a side dish or as dessert, candied sweet potatoes are a sweet and delicious treat. The sweet potatoes not only bring great flavor, but nutrients and fiber to this classic dish. As I make this version of sweet potatoes only a couple times of year at my house, […]

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