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Today just felt like the right day to light something on fire.  I love tart cherries.  I’m a huge fan of cherry pie, but I didn’t feel like making pie crust.  Cherries Jubilee came to mind and this recipe was born. My very first grown up solo holiday was Thanksgiving of my freshman year in […]

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  Sugar cookies are a universal childhood favorite.  I’ve yet to meet a little who can turn one down.  But these sugar cookies are a treat for the grownups, too.  My husband swears they go well with Bourbon.  My friend, Angela, and I were discussing cooking at lunch the other day.  She’s a trained chef, […]

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This is the Chocolate Bottom Crusted Chocolate Pie I made for Julia, a friend of my daughter, when her grandfather passed away.  Hers had meringue on top, but I’m a big fan of real whipped cream over meringue, any day.  For years, every time I saw Julia, we talked about this pie.  It was the […]

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This Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe is the most requested cookie recipe from my husband and children.  It’s taken some adjusting over the years, but the end result is perfect.  My personal three cardinal rules of baking apply.  They are: 1) For any baked goods, use White Lily Flour.  2) Always, always completely preheat your oven.  and […]

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Cherry Pie reminds me of Lums Diner in Peoria, hot tea, good friends, and deep conversation.  Back in my high school days, my crowd and I would congregate at the the Lums Diner, as years of soul searching, bored, but generally well behaved teenagers had done before us. This wasn’t your wild crowd, it was […]

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Brrrr… It’s cold out there!  Well Texas cold anyway.  As I break out the long sleeves and track down the jackets, I remind myself.  The only good part about winter is the holidays!  DinnerandConversation will have you ready to prepare the perfect holiday feast.  This year I’m offering cooking classes to help you feel at […]

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I’ve decide to eat cheesecake for lunch today.  I made mini cheesecakes last week for my china and jeans dinner party, but didn’t manage to photograph them that night.  So I’ve made more and photographed them today.  Then I realized I didn’t eat them at the dinner party either, as I was entirely too full […]

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When sitting at my computer last night, I had a burst of inspiration.  I need fudge.  With a heath bar mixed in like a Blizzard.  And it has to be super deliciously chocolate.  Then I realized, wait.  I can make that.  My family has made English toffee every Christmas for as long as I can […]

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The title may be a tad bit misleading, as I’d guess most people wouldn’t call this party an “easy” menu for a child’s 5th birthday party, but I’d say it was certainly elegant.  Since I’m just rolling from one party straight into the next, LE’s Fifth birthday party was a combination of two events in […]

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You strawberry souffle, are my nemesis.  Damn it.  I’ve been attempting to make strawberry souffles as a custom dessert order for Kari.  I can count on one hand the things I’ve cooked in the last five years that have been inedible and strawberry souffles count for two of them.  Technically, John and Kari ate these […]

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