I haven’t been shy about my love of Brazilian food (and yes, I realize this may sound like a strange way to start a post with “wontons” in the title…). One of my favorite street foods in Brazil is something called a pastel. It’s a scrumptious little pastry filled with savory things like cheese and/or…

Dessert Wontons
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Last year around this time we did a whole month of healthy recipes since it seemed like everyone was working on those new year’s resolutions trying to sweat Christmas off their butts. I kind of thought we’d do that again but plans changed (at least for me) when at 4 months pregnant I found I…

Asian Wonton Salad
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I feel like I’ve been churning out unnatural amounts of food from my kitchen since mid-October and I’m just done. I swear, we’ve only eaten frozen pizza and cold cereal in the last week-and-a-half and I’m not a tiny bit sorry. Problem is, we still have New Year’s Eve festivities and, well, the fam can…

Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Sausages
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You’ll all be amused to know that once again I am stumbling through a post trying to type with one hand wrapped up in gauze. (Y’all remember this post?) We had French Dips for dinner tonight and as I was holding a roll in the palm of my hand slicing it in half with a…

Overnight Sausage and Egg Casserole
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So during my experience as a Utah girl transplanted to Louisiana, my feelings about this place have ranged from complete and utter despair (think August…humidity…mosquitoes…cockroaches…) to the thrill of living in a place so steeped in history and folklore. And the fact that I pretty much never have to wear pantyhose. One of my favorite…

Natchitoches Meat Pies
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For these cookies, you’re going to need an egg yolk, butter, sugar, molasses, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Cream butter and sugar. Add molasses and egg yolk. In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Chill for at least an hour. It’s a fairly…

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A huge number of my favorite family traditions revolve around food items and certain holidays. My own children are young and I’m constantly trying to think of new, fun things we can incorporate into our holiday celebrations to help them create fun memories just like I have of my own childhood. This past Halloween I…

Homemade Marshmallows
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Tis the season for goodies and it seems like people are always looking for quick and easy ones. It recently came to my attention that not everyone in the world has been introduced to the pretzel turtle and that’s just a cryin’ shame! This is possibly the easiest little goodie you’ll come across. They can…

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I’ve mentioned a time or two those moments of inspiration in the kitchen, like the Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls where this idea just popped into my brain and it ended up being just as tasty as I imagined it would be. Well, one day, I was just sitting there, minding my own business, and I…

Tutorial: Candy Penguin Cupcakes
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One of my favorite parts about the Christmas season is the treat-giving and goodie-exchanging. I love tasting new things, I love being surprised with unexpected gifts (who doesn’t?!), and I love enjoying something a bit sinful that I didn’t have to trash my own kitchen making. However, it seems like every year close to Christmas…

Chili Spice Mix: Ready for Gift-Giving!
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In spite of all the new and fancy holiday treats that come out every year, I’m a sucker for good old-fashioned Christmas candy, the kinds of treats Grandma and the little old ladies who are fabulous cooks make. Fudge. Toffee. Caramels. And…yes…peanut brittle, which is kind of on its way out in terms of trendiness,…

Peanut Brittle
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Have you ever known people who are just naturally crafty (*cough* Sara *cough*)? Yeah, I’m so not one of those people. I remember 4H craft activities when I was a kid and other girls would be turning out perfectly painted ceramics and wood cut-outs and mine were…very imaginative (read: ugly). I still draw like a…

Christmas Lanterns (and Treat Jars!)
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