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The Ultimate Easy Creamy Chocolate Fudge

This is truly the Ultimate Easy Creamy No Fail Chocolate Fudge.  I took Mom’s classic fudge recipe and modernized it – no more standing at the stove putting in a workout just to stir it. Just a few minutes is all it takes to make this seriously delicious, super creamy, no fail fudge!

Growing up there pretty much wasn’t anything my Mom couldn’t bake.  She wasn’t a professionally trained chef but she could produce meals that were flawless and truly delicious. Now any chef, albeit home or professionally trained has their specialty area. Some are rock stars at making steaks, others crush it in the pie world.  Mom, yeah she owned the fudge realm.  Mom made all types though her most requested was plain chocolate and toasted walnut.  Now I’ll be honest, I was never a huge fan of fudge.  If given the choice between fudge and a cookie, the cookies won out every single time.  For me it was just too rich.  However my Dad… oh my darling sweet father was a Fudge Fanatic!  No people you don’t understand!  My Mom would have to hide the fudge from him, even the ones she had orders for because that man loved it THAT MUCH!

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I can remember her hiding containers of fudge in my baby doll stroller, underneath the blankets and then it got so bad that she start stashing containers of it in my Barbie Doll case, underneath my clothes in my closet waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the corner and in pretty much any thing that could act as a hiding spot in my room.  Well Dad got wise to this and well…let me tell you a little story about fudge and my Dad.

This no fail fudge is easy, delicious and seriously addictive!

Buttery Shortbread Fruit Spread Glazed Bars

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Be the star of your Cookie Exchange with these buttery, melt-in-your-mouth crisp short bread bars glazed with Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Fruit Spread and Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread plus white chocolate drizzle!  Seriously one of the best cookies this holiday season!

Oh hi there!  Sorry, you caught me with my mouth full *blush*. I can’t help it.  These cookies or are they bars? Hmmm… they are a cookie texture but shaped like a bar.  Cookar? Barookie?  If you ask me I’d call them “FanFriggenTasticalAwesomegasmic-Get-In-My-Belly Treat”!  But honestly it doesn’t matter what you call them.  What matters is that you MAKE THESE!  OMG people!  These are seriously so good.  And such a simple recipe with just a few basic ingredients.  The star for me is the Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread as well as the Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Fruit Spread. It’s so amazing I can’t even begin to tell you!

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Now I know what some of you may be thinking… “Jalapeno???  Oh that has to be hot!”  No it’s not.  It’s balanced out so beautifully by the honey and strawberries.  Yes it has some heat but it’s so good and on this cookie with the butter and white chocolate! Oh dear sweet baby Jesus people! But if you’re not adventurous then definitely get the Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Fruit Spread. And FYI… buy a few jars because you’re going to fall in love!  It’s just like how my Mom made hers!

Make these cookies and you’ll be the star of the cookie exchange!

Creamy Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish & Toasted Pecans

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This holiday season treat your family and friends to this seriously delicious Creamy Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish & Toasted Pecans! It takes only 15 minutes and will definitely be the hit of your holiday food table!

Ah the holidays are here – the hustle, the bustle, Christmas movies, shiny wrapping paper, caroling and getting together with loved ones.  And if you’re a foodie like me there’s one more thing to mention about the holidays… THE FOOD!  Let’s face it people.  When the holidays are here, we want foods that impress, wow and taste absolutely incredible.  In my family and circle of friends we don’t gather around the tv or even the fireplace.  Nope, it’s all about where the food is served.  To me the kitchen is the heart of the home.  So why not make foods that show folks you love them, that they are special to you.  As Mama always said “Put your best dish forward Lori!”

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And that’s exactly what I’m doing today.  This Creamy Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish & Toasted Pecans is truly incredible.  It’s creamy, cheesy, tart, citrusy and crunchy all on a single bite on a delicious Keebler® Toasteds® Cracker; Butter Crisp flavor to be exact.  I heart those – like it’s nothing for me to polish off a sleeve of those for dinner and yes, JUST those for dinner!
Impress your guests with this easy and delicious dish this holiday season!

Spinach & Cheese Puff Tarts

With the holidays in full swing now, these simple but elegant spinach & cheese puff tarts are the perfect recipe to WOW your guests and family!  These can be made in advance, kept in the fridge or freezer! Just reheat and serve!

So wow it’s like *counts on her fingers* 12 days til Thanksgiving!  However if you’re in any store or mall now we’ve apparently already had Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and are ready for Valentine’s day. I get the whole being ready for the holidays and all but come on, let me enjoy my holiday AT the time of my holiday!  I shouldn’t have to buy Halloween candy in July, my turkey in September and my Christmas tree in October.  However that seems to be acceptable thing now so I might as well go along with the flow; well that is food-wise at least *wink*

Okay seriously I’m ALL about holiday parties, get-togethers and the foods.  That’s when I think houses look the prettiest – the lights, decorations and stuff. Plus the food is just so much ….more. Sure during the warmer months we all have great food but for me, there’s just something a tad more special about holidays foods.

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I think for me it all started as a kid.  Every party we had Mom made it a big deal.  To this day I honestly have no idea where the foods came from as we were really poor; no seriously like REALLY poor but yet Mom would put out a spread that would rival any restaurant.  Starting right before Thanksgiving until the day after New Year’s Day the cooking, baking and holiday festivities were never ending.
Such a simple recipe but with an impressive end result!

Chocolate Chunk Donuts with Fudgy Ganache Glaze

“Donuts – An excuse to eat cake for breakfast!”  For those days when you need something so sinful that you *almost* feel guilty about eating it…. ALMOST.  These Chocolate Chunk Donuts with Fudgy Ganache Glaze should be illegal they are so good!

So did you ever get this idea in your head about something you want that no matter what you make, if it’s not that vision of what you have in your head, you’re not satisfied?  Being a food blogger/chef, that happens to me often. I get this image in my head of “Hey this combination would ROCK” and I don’t stop until I make it and get it right. I’ve actually woken up from a sound sleep from a dream about food and either have grabbed my notepad that I keep next to my bed to write down the “recipe” from my dream or I’ll go out to the kitchen and make it.  Yes, in the middle of the night…in my pajamas…with witchypooh medusa hair.  LOL

I’ve actually had several recipes that I’ve posted that are results of dreams I had. It’s a curse and a blessing to be honest.  My mind never stops to be honest.  I dream every single night, in color and they are very vivid.  Most are good but deep – very intricate, some scary and some odd. Most of the time it’s about every-day stuff (I take my work to bed with me) and there is always food in my dreams. The food may be in the background of the dream but it always sticks in my brain when I wake up.  Well this donut was part of a dream.
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The dream was around my doing some book tour for my cookbook (though in my dream I never actually saw the book or the contents but yet it was my book and I was doing food demos for it – wishful thinking!).  Well in my dream I was in some diner in Georgia that was in even a more rural town than then one I live in.  I was driving with my one girlfriend (Mr. Fantabulous was meeting us there) and some how we got lost.  And since we were in the country, we didn’t get GPS/cell signal.  It started to get late and we decided to find some place to stay.
Sweet dreams are made of these…donuts that is!

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