baking · chocolate · Uncategorized

Red velvet-chocolate chip cookie bars

I believe that love can be created in the kitchen. Well, maybe not love, itself, but expressions of love certainly can be. When I look back on the gifts my children have given me over the years, the most memorable and valuable ones to me were the things that they created, wrote, or worked to… Continue reading Red velvet-chocolate chip cookie bars

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chocolate · desserts · easy recipes · holidays · seasonal recipes · southern food · Uncategorized · what southern folks eat

Southern salted caramel-praline fudge

This easy-to-make fudge is so pretty that it just begs to be given away as gifts in pretty boxes, but it is incredibly delicious, too, which is the most important part!

baking · chocolate · desserts · holidays

Easy-to-make and deliciously decadent turtle bars

Are you ready for a decadent sweet treat that is easy to make, sturdy enough to travel well, and completely chewy and delicious? Then today is your lucky day! Here is a simple version of turtle bars…no candy thermometer needed, just bake up the crust, pour over it the easy filling and yummy toppings, and… Continue reading Easy-to-make and deliciously decadent turtle bars

chocolate · comfort food · desserts · Farmers Market recipes · Uncategorized

Mama Steph’s bread puddings: simply decadent comfort food

  Bread pudding is such a lovely traditional Southern dessert. Food historians say that it was originally made by home cooks who, due to necessity, didn’t waste a scrap of food, ever. When there was stale bread, some genius, practical cook decided to break it up into chunks and pour a custardy liquid over the bread, adding in other things that… Continue reading Mama Steph’s bread puddings: simply decadent comfort food

chocolate · comfort food · desserts

Make your own brown sugar (plus, a chocolate chip cookie recipe!)

We’ve all been there:  you’re in the middle of assembling a recipe, your mouth watering just thinking about the cookies or cake you’re about to make, when it hits you…you are out of brown sugar. Ok, maybe we haven’t ALL been there, but those of us who love baking most likely have. It happened to… Continue reading Make your own brown sugar (plus, a chocolate chip cookie recipe!)

chocolate · comfort food · desserts

Mama Steph’s sour cream-chocolate chip pound cake

(Note: this is my 200th blog post! Thanks for being here to celebrate that with me!)  Some years ago my husband and I worked in  youth ministry. We worked with all kinds of lovely, love-hungry teenagers; many from broken homes, poor homes, abusive homes, as well as some from strong, loving families. We embraced them… Continue reading Mama Steph’s sour cream-chocolate chip pound cake

chocolate · holidays

Chocolate cupcakes: What’s not to love?

I happen to love chocolate. I don’t eat a lot of it,  because I don’t eat a lot of sugar, but when I do eat it, I usually go for chocolate! During the Valentine’s Day season, chocolate becomes a nationwide obsession, practically. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate show up in drugstores and grocery stores, magazine covers… Continue reading Chocolate cupcakes: What’s not to love?