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Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

What’s better than a bundt cake? I mean, I love making these extravagant layer cakes – LOVE! It’s an art. It takes skill. But sometimes, you just don’t have the time to do artwork. Or maybe you did, and it just didn’t turn out. Hello, bundt cake! Even better, let’s boogie with a chocolate chip bundt cake. Mix the ingredients, pour in a bundt pan, bake. It looks beautiful!

Vinegar-Braised Pan-Fried Chicken with Leeks and Peas

Low on cash, time and skills? This pan-fried chicken recipe has got your number! Confession: I’m not a chicken thigh lover. I’m just not. I can enjoy a chicken leg every once in a while, but for the most part, I’m a chicken breast sort of girl. However, I love the way dark meat pieces look when seared in a cast iron pan. It’s so elegant-looking, and yet it has that farmhouse chic thing going for it.

Individual Apple Pies

Individual Apple Pies

Pies are a thing of beauty, and it seems they are so hard to make. You have to do the crust just right. Maybe you want to par-bake the crust first, maybe no, who knows? The filling is typically pretty easy, but you have to do something fancy on top. Then you put it in the oven and just hope and pray nothing moves and everything browns evenly. Then the pie has to cool, and when it finally does, you cut into it with bated breath, and oh no. It’s all soupy inside. *sad face* Enter individual apple pies.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Is there anything better than a warm cinnamon roll? And what else could be more appropriate during these divine Autumn days then pumpkin cinnamon rolls? Autumn in North Carolina is a childhood dream come true. Leaves, smells, scarves and pumpkin everything make my heart happy. After living here a while, I realize that autumn is so much more than a California girl’s seasonal dreams. The humidity and the mosquitoes go away. That means more time outside with your family, more memories to make.

Deep Fried Cheddar Cheese

Deep Fried Cheddar Cheese. Deal with it.

There are so many great things to make with cheddar cheese, but this cheese is like a kiss to the tastebuds, a full-on *muah*. Should I shred it and smother something with it? Nah. This cheese can stand on its own. Let’s just deep fry it instead. Deep Fried Cheddar Cheese is going to make you sing “Hallelujah!” Believe me. It’s going to be the best Hallelujah you’ve ever sung. You’re going to sing it so well, you’ll get tired of being the best at singing “Hallelujah.”

Deep Fried Cookie Dough

Deep Fried Cookie Dough with Bourbon Cream Sauce

What could be a more festive Chanukah cookie than deep fried cookie dough? I know, I’m a genius, right? Sinful and delicious, they are sinfully delicious. Personally, I like it when the deep fried cookie dough cools a bit, and you are actually biting into cookie dough covered in fry batter. I’m the worst, you guys. I love this kind of food, and I don’t care who knows about it. There, I said it. I hope all of you who were thinking about a kale salad for lunch are craving deep fried cookie dough now.

Pumpkin Churros with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Sauce

When I began to think about what Chanukah recipes I should put together, the very first thing that came to mind was churros, and we have a lot of extra pumpkin, and the two make a great pair. I don’t know when I was first introduced to churros, but growing up in California, churros were a way of life. When I went to college, it seemed that the only place to get a churro was Disneyland, and I haven’t found a churro to taste in North Carolina. When I made these pumpkin churros, the smells, crunch and taste felt a bit like going home, and also felt like I was adding at least 7 pounds to my body.

Samoa Sufganiyot

Chanukah Sufganiyot Six Ways

I make sufganiyot, from scratch. Thinking sufganiyot is too hard to make? Well, you’d be wrong. It’s easier to make than Challah, and frankly, if you celebrate Chanukah, you should buy yourself a deep fryer. My Chanukah Sufganiyot are more than just boring old jelly donuts. I love to experiment with different flavors and textures to create a Chanukah Sufganiyot experience.