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Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Yum! Yum! Yum! That’s about all I have to say about these Toasted Coconut Marshmallows. Well…almost all I have to say about them. I purchased a new stand mixer a while back and was searching for the perfect first stand mixer recipe. After all, you have to break a good piece of equipment in properly, right? I was also searching for a finger food dessert for a party I was attending. After some thought and a serious sugar craving, I knew Toasted Coconut Marshmallows would be a hit at the party. I was right! These little babies were flying off the platter and received raving reviews!

With the season turning to candies and desserts for all those parties and family gatherings you will be attending, you will want to make up a batch of these delicious marshmallows. They are sweet, pillowy and irresistable. They also can be stored for a few weeks in an airtight container – so make some now!

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Pumpkin Week! Day one – Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Every fall, I work myself into a cookng frenzy. Something about the cooler weather, the colors of the leaf turning (Note I said leaf. That is not a mistake. Here in Florida there are not turning leaves.), and honestly, the millions of commercials with so many delicious looking dishes make me want to cook up a storm. This year I decided I needed to get to know the pumpkin. I have always resisted the pumpkin. Every November dinner I attend has a pumpkin pie, which is delicious but not all that exciting. My goal was to cook up a variety of pumpkin dishes without ever thinking about the pumpkin pie. So, I give you Pumpkin Week! This week will be devoted to everything pumpkin….sans the pumpkin pie.

I kick off this week with a recipe that is so simple but will make your family and friends think you slaved away in your kitchen. Pumpkin Seed Brittle is a wonderfully sweet way of using a part of the pumpkin that so regularly gets discarded. This nutty brittle has that sweet and salty flavor that works perfectly as a snack to have around the house, or as a unique gift to wrap and give to your friends and coworkers. Next time you have a few minutes to spare (that’s about all it takes to make), try your hand at some Pumpkin Seed Brittle!

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Try Something New: Kale Chips – Two Ways

Kale Chips - Two Ways

No…I am not going all “healthy” on you…although I could use a bit of healthy eating right about now. Actually, I was recently checking out some recipes online when a recipe for Kale Chips caught my attention. For some reason (likely the description of how tasty and “Southern Style” these chips are), it seems that Liz at www.southerncharmnola.com  had me hooked! I have heard from numerous people that kale chips do not taste “healthy”, rather they taste like whatever flavors you apply to them combined with a satisfying crunch. I knew I had to give these a shot. 

I tried the kale chips two ways….Liz’s “Southern Style” Kale Chips, and then one more personal recipe for a Garlic Spiced Kale Chip. I gotta say….both were pretty tasty. Now, these are not a replacement for potato chips. How can you compare potatoes to kale? No, these kale chips are a treat all on their own. They have the crispy texture you are looking for but have the great taste of the spicy kick of Liz’s recipe or the garlic flavor of my take on Liz’s inspiration. Maybe I should combine the two flavors into one…Hmmmmm.  

Whether you choose the spicy or the garlic kale chips, give these Kale Chips a try. Don’t be afraid…they are a perfect unique snack that will really surprise you! Now that I think about it more I could see these kale chips crumbled on top of soup, served with a soft and creamy cheese, or maybe tucked into a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich…guess I have more kale chips to make!

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