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Cherry Julep

Cherry Julep
Mint juleps are simple, refreshing cocktails that offer a boozy way to beat the heat on a hot day. Many of us associate them with the Kentucky Derby, as they are the official cocktail of that particular event, but they can be enjoyed any time of year. The basic recipe is made with …

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Carrot Oatmeal Quick Bread

Carrot Oatmeal Quick Bread
Carrot cake isn’t really a breakfast food, though it does contain a serving of veggies (well, sort of!), because it is usually fortified with quite a bit of sugar and topped with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting. If you’re a fan of carrot cake but want a more breakfast-friendly format, give …

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Mango Pavlovas

Mango Pavlovas

Pavlovas are a wonderful way to showcase fresh fruits. The desserts are based around a large meringue, which is crisp on the outside and marshmallowy inside, that is piled with softly whipped cream and fresh fruit. Of course, you can get creative with a plain pavlova and introduce all kinds of custards, …

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Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles
These Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles are a cross between a classic sugar cookie and a traditional peanut butter cookie, for a cookie that delivers the best of both in every bite. The cookies start with a peanut butter cookie dough that, like most snickerdoodles, is leavened with a blend of cream of tartar and …

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Ginger Bourbon Smash

Ginger Bourbon Smash
A smash is a style of cocktail where some of the ingredients – often fruit or herbs – are smashed in the bottom of the glass to release their flavors, just as the name suggests. A julep would actually fall under the umbrella of a smash, as the mint is muddled …

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Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Flaky, Self Rising Buttermilk Biscuits

When I was a kid, my family did not bake biscuits from scratch. We used refrigerated biscuit dough, which offers an easy and tasty option when you want biscuits in a hurry. My favorite biscuits were the ones that produced flaky layers. They were easy to pull apart so that I could …

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Key Lime Vinegar Pie

Key Lime Vinegar Pie
Vinegar pie is a very old fashioned style of pie, one that dates back many, many decades. The idea behind the pie is that shelf-stable vinegar can add a bright tang to a custard pie that would ordinarily use citrus (like lemon) when citrus was out of season. Since we can easily get …

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Amaretto Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Amaretto Buttermilk Bundt Cake

The next time you are in the mood to bake, but aren’t sure what you should make, look no further than this Amaretto Buttermilk Bundt Cake. This easy bundt cake is both very simple and absolutely delicious, making it a great choice for absolutely any occasion (even if that occasion is “hey, …

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