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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Easter candy: Caramel coconut candy recipe

I have adapted this recipe from a recipe posted by Rachael Ray and have made this candy every year for Easter with my 17 year old son, since he was a little guy. Since it is no-bake, it is perfect to make with the kids.
Now, I have a 4 year old that loves baking with me, so we have started making this together.

Caramel coconut candy recipe
  • 1 cup Kraft caramel bits, unwrapped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, roasted and salted
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coconut flakes, sweetened
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes, sweetened
  • Handful of white chocolate chips
Line an 8x8 pan with no stick foil.
Spray Pyrex glass 4 cup measuring cup with butter spray.
Add caramel, peanuts and coconut, and microwave for 1 minute.
Remove and stir.
Place back in for 30 seconds and stir.
Repeat if needed.
Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
Top with “topping” ingredients and press into mixture.
Set aside to allow to cool.
Slice with a knife into 1 inch pieces.
Store air tight.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easter Dessert: Chocolate chip cookie pie recipe

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I found this recipe years ago and made it one year for Easter dessert. I chose to omit the nuts, and it was still super tasty and sweet!

Instead of vanilla ice cream, try coffee flavored... It is out of this world (if you are a coffee addict like me).

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Pie Recipe
  • 1 unbaked, deep dish, pie shell
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup Nestle semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional
Preheat oven to 325*.
Beat eggs with mixer until foamy.
Beat in flour and sugars.
Beat in butter.
Stir in chips and nuts.
Spoon into pie shell.
Bake 55-60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool and serve with ice cream.

More Holiday ideas:

Chocolate pudding cookie recipe

How to customize your sprinkle cookies for any Holiday

Holiday preparation: Prepare your kitchen for the Holidays

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Chocolate pudding cookie recipe

Instant chocolate pudding ads cocoa goodness and moisture to these sweet cookies. I like to add a dab of cinnamon to these cookies to enhance the chocolate flavor.

My daughter decorated these with spring decorations. You can eliminate the decorations all together or you can add other seasonal decorations to your cookies.

Chocolate Pudding Cookie Recipe
  • 2 sticks butter, salted and room temp
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1.4 cup white sugar
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding, small box
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 
Preheat oven to 350*.
Line 2 cookie sheets with non-stick foil.
With mixer, Cream butter and sugars.
Add pudding and mix.
Add eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt.
Scrape down sides of bowl if needed.
Add flour.
Add chips.
Use medium ice cream scoop to scoop cookies onto prepared sheets.
Bake for 11 minutes.
Cool on pan and transport to cooling rack.
Store air tight.

Storing tip: You can store in an air tight container or place on a paper plate and place paper plate into a gallon sized zip top bag and seal.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Interview with Chef Duff Goldman

Photo credit: Blake Little

August 15, 2009… I was taking a mid-day nap when my cell phone rang. I did not recognize the number but answered anyway. On the other end of the line was Willie Goldman, Duff Goldman’s brother. At the time, Willie was his public relations manager.
I sent an email to Chef Duff asking if he would be willing to answer a few interview questions for me, as I was a food writer at the time. I was expecting an email interview, but to my shock, they gave me a phone interview with Chef Duff.
After speaking to Willie, I was instructed to call Chef Duff on his cell phone in about ten minutes…I did as I was told.
I was nervous and excited at the same time. I was going to get to speak with Duff Goldman…business owner and Food Network star!

When Chef Duff, AKA, “The Bread Guy”, went to culinary school, he was the only male in an all-female class. He had a lot of informal art training prior to starting school.
In 1998, he started working at, “The French Laundry”, but left because he was lonely. He ended up in Colorado that summer, where his friends encouraged him to stay. Chef Duff took a job at, “The Vail Cascade Hotel and Resort” as a pastry chef. There he learned how to carve ice, create chocolate sculptures, and clean fish (particularly salmon). While working there he also learned that he enjoys curing foods and making sauces.
As time went on, Chef Duff began making and decorating the wedding cakes for the guests of the resort. He made ten generic cakes and suggested they sit and have consultations with the guests in order to personalize their cake. After having a consultation, Chef Duff would draw the cakes for the guests. He took these ideas and is currently applying now at, “Charm City Cakes”.
As he continued to work at the resort, Chef Duff learned new cake decorating techniques that he implemented on the cakes. A friend of his, Mary Alice reached out and asked him to make a wedding cake for her brothers wedding. He agreed and made a six-tier cake that included 2000 to 3000 marzipan butterflies and ladybugs.
Fast forward to 3-3-2002. Chef Duff opened “Charm City Cakes” and the rest is history.
Chef Duff is kind, understanding, helpful and down to earth. The man you see on television, is the man he is in real life. He is humble, happy and funny.

Thank you, Chef Duff, for your time and advice. I am honored to have spoke with you and to have the opportunity to write this article, not once, but twice about you!

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Writing about Chef Duff Goldman
Photo taken from Food Network: click pic for link

Picture this: 2009, I spoke with Duff Goldman over the phone for nearly an hour.

I wrote an article about him and published it to, and my old food blog,, where I was writing at the time. That food blog is now non-existent and the Examiner site closed down and gave us very short notice to get our articles saved before they were gone for good.

One of the articles I failed to save was the one I wrote about Chef Duff. How sad, right? So, several nights ago, I decided to reach out to him again and ask if I can rewrite the article.

I am happy to announce, I have been given permission to do so! I will be publishing it very soon. Squeeee.... (that means super excited in English).


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Friday, March 15, 2019

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I'm not one bit Irish, but I will definitely do my part for St. Patricks Day by baking up Irish Soda Bread! (Spotted Dog?)

I am going to share my recipe with you, as I have it baking in the oven...

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt

6 tbsp. salted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup raisins
1 3/4 cup buttermilk*

*You can make buttermilk by mixing .25 cup lemon juice in with a cup of milk.

Preheat oven to 400*.
Line jelly roll (cookie sheet with sides) pan with no stick foil.
In a large bowl, whisk first 4 ingredients.
Add butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly.
Add raisins and milk and combine.

Form dough into a ball. You will need to add a bit of flour to do this.
Separate into 2 balls and place on prepared sheet.
Use a knife to score each ball with a cross.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until light brown and bread feels more hollow than heavy.

Coat with sugar water by brushing it over the tops.
Microwave 1/3 cup sugar with 2 tbsp. water.

Cover with damp towel to keep moist and eat within 24 hours of baking!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Valentine's Day love: Baking apple cinnamon sweet bread

There is nothing quite like baking for the one you love...that definitely includes Valentine's Day baking!

Bake up a sweet treat for your special someone this year. Instead of buying treats, take your time to make one.

Apple cinnamon sweet bread is the perfect treat to bake...Click here for the easy recipe!

Perfect for dessert, breakfast or brunch, you can't go wrong with this easy recipe.

More easy sweet recipes:

Peanut butter delight recipe

Easy brownie recipe: no mixer required 

Triple chocolate chip espresso cookie recipe