Triple Chocolate Cherry Cookies for Your Valentine!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to make sweets for your sweetie (or sweeties, as the case may be)! I’m so happy to be sharing a recipe with you in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as part of a Valentine Food Blogger Event hosted by Julie at The Little Kitchen (Julie, you rock!).  I am always grateful for an opportunity to support important causes, especially when I can get in the kitchen to do it.  I think my Triple Chocolate Cherry Cookies are a delicious way to celebrate our Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Valentine’s Day event – chocolate, more chocolate, cherries and pistachios – what’s not to love?

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Food in Jars Mastery Challenge – Marmalade

What fun!  I’m participating in the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge this year, hosted by Marisa McClellan, whose books about small batch preserving (check them out here!) gave me the courage to take the step from refrigerating or freezing my jams to actually processing them in a water bath so they can be stored in the cupboard.  Every time I pick one I end up writing several different recipes into my planner so I remember to try them when the fruits or vegetables are in season. Of course, I don’t always get around to making them, and I’m excited that each month she’ll be giving us a different method of preserving to try…along with posts with hints and troubleshooting tips to reference in addition to her wonderful books. And I’m hoping that the challenges and some advance planning for seasonal canning will keep me on track for gift-making this year too.

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Caramel Candies

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You CAN Make Candy! Do you keep your eyes peeled for fun foods that can start a new holiday food gift tradition? I do. A couple of years ago I tried my hand at making caramels…and just like that, new recipes were added to my holiday season make-it list.  Caramels are delectable and very easy to make, even if you’ve never made candy before, and they make great gifts – that’s why I wanted to share them in The Recipe Box for December.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Disclaimer: I was compensated by DMI Agency for writing this recipe in the printed column, The Recipe Box, in Direct Magazine’s November issue. All opinions are my own.

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November is filled with cherished moments as we gather together to celebrate family, friends and all we’re thankful for. Busy days before Thanksgiving give way to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Inspired by a deliciously different breakfast I had at Another Broken Egg Café in Tuscaloosa, Alabama last fall, this dish is my selection for Direct Magazine’s November issue of The Recipe Box, and it’s a perfect start to a day of cooking or holiday fun.

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