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My lovely wife and dear daughter recently had a family baby shower to put on; and around here, part of entertaining the shower crowd is making your own mints. Oh sure, you cold buy a big bag of those butter mints and call it done, but if you really want to add a personal touch to that next baby shower that's yours to throw; or even if we're talking about your own wedding reception, then making your own mints is the way to go. This time-tested cream cheese recipe is ubiquitous enough so as to be included with just about every pack of those flexible candy molds that are all but a necessity for this method (These are the ones the ladies used here).
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Chile and chocolate is one of those combinations that's hard to get until you've tried it; but once you have, you tend to find yourself looking for reasons to work it into any recipe that lends itself to the flavor profile. The back of a jumbo can of Ass-Kicking Peanuts features a recipe for peanut cookies that I took the opportunity to try for myself; however not before I made some adjustments, including the addition of a shot of Bourbon Whiskey, and a dip thru a pool of molten semi-sweet chocolate. The combination of habanero-spiked peanuts and sweet, creamy chocolate is a tug-of-war for the tastebuds that leaves you wondering "what just happened there?" as you reach for another cookie!read more >
Sometimes, practical overrules in the kitchen. However, that caramel apple dip they sell in the tub around the corner from the produce section simply isn't worth the trade-off in convenience when I can grab three ingredients from my kitchen and put something much better together. Leveraging some individually-wrapped caramels and your trusty microwave, you can put together a peanut butter caramel dip that'll make your pretzel sticks cheer and your apple wedges swoon. I guarantee Your kids are gonna love it! (...unless your kids are allergic to peanut butter and/or dairy; then probably notsomuch.)read more >
Spaghetti and meatballs is an American institution. And while pasta and sauce may be a turn-key event, many folks seem to shy away from making meatballs and just dump the ground beef into the sauce. I think that somewhere along the way, we all got duped into thinking that homemade meatballs were difficult and messy to make. Those in the know will tell you that this couldn't be further from the truth. If you've got a cookie scoop and a couple of other kitchen essentials, making meatballs from scratch is as easy as making meatloaf; and just like meatloaf, the best place to cook a mess of perfectly portioned orblets of beef is your oven.read more >