Cheese Pie (Thierrion Kagan)

From one of my awesome FoodiDudes, Thierrion Kagan. I proudly present (and highly recommend) his mama’s heavenly Ricotta Cheese Pie. Beat 4 egg whites – put aside. (save yolks for mixture below). Mix together: 1 lb. container of ricotta cheese ½ lb. margarine 2 cups sugar 4 egg yolks ½ cup flour 2 cups milk…

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Cake-like and not too sweet. They’re equally good plain or frosted! INGREDIENTS: For the Cookies: 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream 5 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda For the Frosting: 1 (8 ounce) package…

Deep Fried Pumpkin and Deep Fried Pecan Pie!

Yes, Virginia – they do exist. You don’t have to wait until the state fair to transform your leftover pumpkin pie into a little bit of heaven here on earth. Here’s what you’ll need: INGREDIENTS: However many slices of pumpkin pie or pecan pie you have leftover. Oil for deep frying 2 cups flour 1…

Pumpkin Pie

I’ve been using this pumpkin pie recipe for-evah – and I think it’s pretty darned decadent… The “secret” is to cook your pumpkin with the spices on the stove before pouring that delectable yummy-ness into your prepared pie crust and baking it to it’s full glory. This has been my go-to holiday pie for decades….

Milky Way Blondies

Blondies are fabulous things, IMHO. This year, anticipating bunches of Trick-or-Treaters, I bought a large bag of the fun-sized Milky Ways. No Trick-or-Treaters. Zero. Zip. Rather than consuming the entire bag of candy bars myself (and, yes, it was a consideration), I decided to use them up in these incredible cookie-bars. I’ve added chocolate chips…

Banana Pudding Cheesecake

This is perhaps the most “Oh Em Gee” worthy mashup I’ve ever attempted, peeps. I had fully intended to make (and photograph) these cuter than the dickens little banana ghosts (they’re coming later, I promise) – but, after I got banana number three cut in half, I realized that they were a wee bit too…

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Okay, kids… While we’re being creative here. Did you know that the recipe I shared for Pumpkin Cheesecake a few days ago ALSO makes awesome mini-pumpkin cheesecakes? (These would be perfect to munch on while reading a good book, by the way) Same ingredients, just spoon a bit of the yummy graham cracker crust in…

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

INGREDIENTS: 6 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and sliced 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 tablespoons molasses 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: 1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In…

Salted Caramel Sauce

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup granulated sugar 6 Tablespoons salted butter, room temperature cut up into 6 pieces 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon salt DIRECTIONS: Heat granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a high heat resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a…

Rum/Cinnamon Whipped Cream

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup (½ pint) cold heavy cream 3 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon dark rum ½ teaspoon cinnamon DIRECTIONS: Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. When it starts to thicken, add the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and rum. Continue to whip until…

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Creamy, yummy, delicious – you’ll wonder why you haven’t been adding pumpkin to your cheesecake all this time. And, may I suggest rewarding yourself with a spellbinding book while you’re enjoying this magical dessert? INGREDIENTS: Crust: 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup melted salted…

Butterscotch Pudding

Is there anything yummier than a bowl of butterscotch pudding on a crisp autumn evening? I think not. Here’s what you need for your own little bit of deliciousness. INGREDIENTS: 1-1/2 cups brown sugar, light or dark (Note: dark brown sugar will yield a more golden appearance for the cooked pudding) 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2…

The cutest little chocolate turkeys – ever!

These are too gosh darned cute, y’all. INGREDIENTS: 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups) 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted DIRECTIONS: MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. SHAPE into 16 – 18 (1-1/2 inch) balls. Freeze 10…

Lemon Brownies (yes, there is such a thing!)

Oh Em Gee. Lemon Brownies. Where have you been all my life? Here’s the how-to: … Preheat your oven to 350. Mix 1/2 cup salted butter, (one stick), softened, the zest of 1/2 a lemon and 3/4 cup of sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add 2 large eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each…

Hawaiian Style Banana Bread

Hawaiian Style Banana Bread (Courtesy of Dennis Charfauros) INGREDIENTS: 4-6 ripe bananas (2cups) 3 cups all purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 3 eggs 3/4 cup veg oil or canola 2tsp imitation vanilla 1 cup crushed pineapple drained DIRECTIONS: In a bowl smash bananas and…

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

One of my prized recipes is taken from a 1950’s cookbook that belonged to my grandmother. I tweaked it a bit with the addition of crushed pineapple because, hey, who doesn’t like a lot of pineapple in a pineapple upside down cake, right? INGREDIENTS: For the pineapple topping: 1 can of pineapple slices, drained –…

Chocolate Cake!

Chocolate Cake! Y’all knew I had to do this one right off the bat, didn’t you? It’s moist, nummy and – almost as easy as a mix (only you can actually pronounce all of the ingredients) For the Cake: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 teaspoon baking powder…