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Mini Hot Brown Appetizer Recipe

Serve these Mini Hot Browns as an appetizer or main course.  They are delicious warmed especially when served with melted cheddar cheese.  For the appetizer you could serve the melted cheese separately in a small pitcher, so each bite is not overly messy to eat.  Guests can add more cheese as desired.

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A Taste of Kentucky Derby!

Hold your horses, you don’t have to live in Kentucky to celebrate this festive southern tradition that takes place at Churchill Downs the first weekend in May. At the Derby spectators line the infield inside the track to enjoy finger foods and Mint Juleps at individual small parties and receptions. Celebrate in style in your own infield-backyard with an easy but elegant table spread that your guests will enjoy.

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Perfect Presentation Sweets & Savories

Creating food for teas, showers, or other important celebrations have two things in common guests like bite size pieces and a pretty presentation!  Pleasing the eye and the palate are twin companions when serving sweets or savory menu items.  Simple garnishes can add both flavor and beauty to each cup of soup or a tiny tea cake. Here are a few Sweet & Savory Ideas to make every plate a Perfect Presentation.

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Hosting a Wedding Garden Party with Pansies

Planning a Spring Garden wedding party…consider Pansies!  They are always blooming somewhere in the country and are readily available at your local garden center.  They can be planted in numerous pots and containers even as a living wreath.  For this wedding garden party, we have used purple and white pansies with yellow centers, some with center penciling and some with a pretty white face. Pansies are powerful punches of color and mean “thoughts of remembrance.”  It’s Pansy Power time, time to create a stunning garden party for the bride-to- be and groom if he is so inclined to attend. 

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Chocolate Mint Mousse

Chocolate Mint Mousse is made with fresh whipped cream and minted ganache.  Candied Shamrocks are added to swirled whipped cream dollops in a green sugar rimmed parfait glass making this the perfect St. Patrick’s Day Dessert!   Nothing better than whipped cream and chocolate ganache, except with a little bit of peppermint for a cool refreshing smooth dessert.  Ande’s Mints could be used as a garnish for any dinner party, supper, lunch event.

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Shamrock Butter Cookies

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations!  Serve these easy-to-make butter sugar cut-out cookies in the shape of shamrocks.  This roll and cut dough features Lime Jello to give that extra green color and adds a bit of extra sweetness.   Bake a batch and sandwich them with chocolate ganache or buttercream frosting.  Box them up as gifts and be sure to save a batch for you

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Double Chocolate Cookies

Need a Chocolate Fix and Now?  Bake a batch of chewy Double Chocolate Cookies!  These cookies are chocked full of mini chocolate chips and made with Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa.  Add a few pecans and you are in 7th heaven.  Bake a batch for Valentines day too.  They pack and ship well if you need to send some to your college kids.   This will become your all time favorite cookie!

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Twice Baked Valentine Cupcakes

Surprise your kids with a heart-shaped cake baked inside this sweet cupcake.  Twice Baked Valentine Cupcakes are really twice baked because you bake the center cake first, then add to the cupcake or cake loaf batter and bake again. With every slice when using the mini loaf pan you get a heart in the middle.  

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Home-Made Food Gifts

Home-made food gifts  for Christmas will make everyone’s holiday merry & bright. Chocolate Stained Glass candies, Almond breakfast rolls served on a pretty plate, and packaged brownie mix makes gift giving a breeze.  Take some time to make and bake, you will be happy your did.  These ideas were featured in December issue of VIP SEEN magazine  and Daytime Blue Ridge , Roanoke Virginia. 

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Christmas Cookie Countdown|Cookie Tray Assembly

What to create a Show-stopping Cookie Tray?  Think of your cookie platter as a round clock with placement of cookies at twelve, four and eight.  Select large cookies with no frosting for the bottom layer, then add medium sized cookies, and last…the smallest cookies and candies on the top layer. Ta Da! All the cookies on this plate were part of the Christmas Cookie Countdown Series featured on Daytime Tri-Cities.  Recipes are included in this post.

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Christmas Home Decor Ideas-Deck it out series

Christmas Home Decor Ideas for  last minute decorating; remake candles with sparkle, update a picture frame to serving tray, tie a large bow around pillows, and create a Christmas Tree napkin fold for your holiday table.  These ideas were featured on Good Day Tri-Cities continuing the Deck it out Christmas series.  Helping you Deck the halls sassy style. 

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Christmas Cookie Countdown|Spiced Gingersnaps

Christmas Cookie Countdown|Spiced Gingersnaps are spicy moist crackled molasses cookies with ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, all spice and black pepper. Black Strap molasses adds a deep rich flavor to these chewy cookies.

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Christmas Cookie Countdown|Cranberry Pinwheels

Christmas Cookie Countdown Cranberry Pinwheels are filled with fresh chopped cranberries mixed with chopped walnuts or pecans then rolled like a jelly roll, chilled, sliced into 1/4″ slices and baked to perfection.  So pretty for a Cookie Tray!  You will want to purchase extra bags of cranberries to freeze so you can have this cookie any time of the year. 

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Christmas Cookie Countdown|Chocolate Orange Fingers

Christmas Cookie Countdown|Chocolate Orange Fingers are shortbread butter cookies shaped like pressed logs with one end of cookie dipped in dark chocolate.  These are great dipping cookies and pretty packaged as gifts.  These make -a- head cookies can be frozen after baking with out chocolate for up to three months.   

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Pumpkin Pie with Spice Nut Crust |Recipe

Pumpkin pie with spice nut crust recipe is made with pecans & butter with a rich creamy pumpkin filling with ground cinnamon, ginger and allspice. The secret ingredient with this pie is Sweetened Condensed milk instead of evaporated milk.  Baked until golden brown, the pie performs beautifully with no cracks or separation from the crust!  YUM!!!  

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