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Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake

I’ve been thinking about making this cake for months, but for some reason time slipped away since the summer started. Maybe it’s because these kids are home all the time, distracting me… I dreamed of these fluffy yellow layers of cake with strawberry filling and an icing that is a combination of cream cheese icing and freshly whipped cream. Well, having a birthday in July gave me the perfect opportunity to make it. But let’s be honest here, do I really need an excuse to make a cake? Of course not. All I have to do is yell, “FREE CAKE!” and people come running to help eat it. (more…)

Chocolate Cream Pie

When I told my mother-in-law that I was making a Chocolate Cream Pie, she started laughing and said, “That makes me think of the movie ‘The Help’ and the Chocolate Pie!” I grimaced as I thought about that particular scene, then started laughing as well, picturing Two-Slice Hilly eating her chocolate pie with it stuck all up in her teeth. I replied, “When I think of Chocolate Cream Pie, it makes me think of Goldie Hawn in the movie ‘Overboard’ as she hands the boys a Chocolate Cream Pie that she made, then attacks them with a water hose!” Either way, tt’s funny how we associate things with movies, especially when it comes to food. (more…)

Sauteed Shrimp

I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy entrees during the week, and this dish has become one of our family favorites. I grew up on the coast in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, and you would be amazed at how much seafood I did not eat as a kid. My love for good seafood developed as an adult, especially after going to culinary school. Now when we go back to visit, it’s become a necessity to hit one of the restaurants in Murrells Inlet on the Marshwalk. My husband’s one requirement for going out to eat at the beach is that we don’t eat at a chain restaurant where we can eat at home. I can definitely handle that. (more…)

No-Churn Banana Pudding Ice Cream

A few weeks ago while working on my next cookbook, I learned how to make no-churn ice cream. What started out as 3 little no-churn recipes turned into almost 70 recipes and ended up adding an entire chapter to the book. Go big or go home, right? My brain went crazy when I learned how to make all of these different ice cream recipes without having to use an ice cream machine. How is this possible?!  (more…)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

It amazes me how recipes can come together. One of the guys from Krafty Draft Brew Pub sent me a picture of a dessert that he knew his girlfriend would absolutely love, and asked if there was any way I could recreate it for her. It was a chocolate covered strawberry inside a New York style cheesecake, and I stared at it in awe. That looks amazing I thought to myself. It should be illegal if I didn’t recreate this if only for my own sanity. (more…)

Cocktail Pouches

My parents threw a big party at their house, and I got sucked into the vortex of food and beverage production, along with inviting people and creating a playlist. Thankfully, the thought of a party excites me, so it wasn’t like pulling teeth. In fact, I tend to go a little overboard and get carried away, adding more items to the list. Imagine that. (more…)

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Every year for my husband’s birthday, he asks his mom to make his favorite cake that she’s made since his childhood. Nope, NOT Chocolate Mousse Cake. Wait, what? Okay, so his favorite cake is a sponge cake layered with chocolate whipped cream as an icing. It’s simple, it’s light, it’s his absolute favorite. Last time Mimi made the cake, we talked about what it would be like with chocolate layers instead of the angel food cake. Our daughter’s eyes widened when we talked about layering that chocolate whipped cream icing with chocolate cake (her favorite), so I hopped to it. It sounded delicious. (more…)

The BEST Creamed Corn

It seems like everyone says their recipe is the best, and they’re right. Everyone is different and has their own special brand of crazy, so I’m here with my special brand of crazy to tell you that THIS is the best creamed corn. Well, at least our family thinks it is, so that’s what matters to us. But hey, when your kids go out of their way to get second helpings, I’d say that’s a winner in my book. (more…)