Fudgy M&Ms Brownies with a Peanut Butter Swirl

These M&Ms Brownies are chewy, fudgy, chocolaty, and they have a river of salty peanut butter coiling through all of that rich, chocolate goodness. You know what that means? It means they are irresistible —  don’t even try, y’all.   I made a big batch of M&Ms brownies in a 13 x 9 inch pan …

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Pillsbury Artisan Bread Mixes Review

A week or so ago I got an email asking if I’d like to try the new Pillsbury artisan bread mixes. I always kind of waffle about whether or not to test a new product — especially when it’s a convenience food. On the one hand I don’t like using convenience foods but on the other, …

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Easy Orange Vintage Layer Cake Recipe

This vintage cake recipe has a delicate citrus flavor and a rich, velvety crumb. Your guests won’t be confusing this with a boxed mix – that’s for sure! I posted this recipe back in 2008 but it is so good it needs to be pulled out of the archives and brought back. As you can …

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Homemade Chili Powder from Scratch

If you have never had real, homemade chili powder from scratch you haven’t had chili powder. I am not talking about buying tired herb powders at the grocery store, either. I am talking about toasting a mixture of dried chiles and whole spices, then grinding them into a vibrant mixture that is so good you …

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Spicy Aztec Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

I first came up with Spicy Aztec Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies when I was writing my book, Everything Cookies and Brownies. I liked the idea of something that was dark chocolate but that would give you that little burn in  your mouth. The first time I made them I knew they were a hit. My …

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Easy Red Sangria Recipe

If you are looking for an easy red sangria recipe you have definitely come to the right place. I have tried a lot of variations but this one is my go to recipe for summer entertaining. It’s pretty, it’s refreshing, and it’s delicious. (Click here to jump straight to the recipe) So, a little history. …

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Cuban Picadillo Recipe that Will Change Your Life

If you’ve never had Cuban Picadillo then you’ve missed out on one of the best things you ever put in your mouth. Picadillo makes a great filling for tacos, served over rice, or stuffed in a sandwich bun. You can put it on tortilla chips, baked potatoes, or just a spoon. It’s one of those …

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Chill Out This Summer with Slim Chillers Skinny Freezers

Remember those Popsicles that came in a plastic sleeve and you put  in the freezer? Well, how would you like to have that same kind of fun with cocktails? Not just cocktails but low calorie cocktails? The folks at Slim Chillers contacted me and wondered if I would be interested in trying out their new …

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