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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!

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Mississippi Mud on a rainy day

There’s a lot to love about Southern food…not the least of which is this decadent Mississippi Mud Cake, which features moist chocolate cake, crisp pecans, and a gooey chocolate-marshmallow icing. Perfect for dessert after a family supper, or to take to a holiday gathering. Today, we are enjoying it during football games. It’s so good!

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Mama Steph’s Cinnamon-chocolate chip cookie bars

My cinnamon-chocolate chip cookie bars are so simple to make, and they feature ingredients which you likely already have in your kitchen, which everyone appreciates, of course. The lovely result of the easy, no-mixer-needed preparation is a pan of nicely dense, chewy bars with a lovely cinnamon flavor, accented by nuggets of velvety smooth, chocolate… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Cinnamon-chocolate chip cookie bars

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Mama Steph’s “quik” frozen banana coffee smoothie

Williams-Sonoma, a favorite longtime culinary resource, is celebrating smoothie week this week! Smoothies are perfect for busy, hungry, or impatient people, because they’re easy to make in a hurry, they fill you up with creamy goodness, and they can be as decadent or as healthful as you like. I often enjoy being creative and making… Continue reading Mama Steph’s “quik” frozen banana coffee smoothie

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Five sweet ideas for Mother’s Day treats

So, you don’t know exactly what to get your mom for Mother’s Day? I can tell you. Unless she’s told you something specific that she would like to have (you’ve been paying attention, haven’t you?) I can tell you right now what she wants. First, she wants to be told that she is loved. Not… Continue reading Five sweet ideas for Mother’s Day treats

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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Just in time for Halloween: Death by Chocolate Trifle

Death by Chocolate is a simple, decadent recipe that my friend Crista shared with me twelve years ago after she brought it to a care group meeting one Sunday night at a friend’s home. My whole family fell in love with it, so I asked her how she did it. I still have her email… Continue reading Just in time for Halloween: Death by Chocolate Trifle