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Nana’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups peanut butter, chunky or smooth
6 Tbs. melted butter
1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 6 oz. package chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
1/3 bar of parowax

Mix the first four ingredients together and form into one inch balls. This is a messy job, but licking your fingers when it’s all done can be fun! Let refrigerate overnight.

Melt the chocolate chips and paraffin in a double boiler. Stir often. Dip the cold peanut butter balls into the chocolate mixture and place on wax paper to harden. Be prepared to be eaten out…

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Fruit Pizza


2/3 cup butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour

Beat together butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add flour and combine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into 12 inch greased pizza pan and bake at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes until crust starts to brown. Let cool.


8 ounces softened neufchatel (light cream cheese) cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Beat above ingredients until smooth. Spread “frosting” evenly on crust and top with slices of fresh fruit. I like to use strawberries, red grapes, and kiwi fruit…..but be imaginative!

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Fudge Truffles

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbs salted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
bakers cocoa powder

Place all ingredients in a microwave proof bowl. Place bowl in microwave on high for thirty seconds. Take it out and stir thorougly. Place it back in for thirty additional seconds. Stir.

Do this until mixture is completely melted through. Cool mixture in refrigerator until it it relatively hard. With a teaspoon, scoop out a ball. Roll it in your hands until it is perfectly round. When you have rolled all the balls (about thirty), roll them…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 c. shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Sift together dry ingredients in one bowl. Cream together cheese, shortening, peanut butter, sugars, egg and vanilla. Fold into dry mixture. Add chocolate chips. Drop cookies onto sheet, pressing a crisscross pattern into each with the tines of a fork.. Bake at 350 degrees for nine minutes. Makes 3 dozen.

Conversation starter: Which would you rather have: braces or glasses? Why?

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An easy, amazing dessert using overripe pears


This recipe was born from overripe pears I couldn’t bear to throw away. My…

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Crepes, the perfect food of JOY!!!

Crepes a la Mary

I’ve been making these crepes nearly twenty years now. Forget the gimmicky crepe makers—all you need to make crepes successfully is a sturdy, non-stick pan and cooking spray. Our favorite way to eat them is Parisian style—rolled up with a smearing of Nutella inside. Raspberry jam and Nutella are also a great combination. Aidan eats them like pancakes, sliced into squares and topped with maple…

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Espresso Brownies, the best of all worlds

Who couldn’t resist coffee and chocolate morphed together in a brownie? I developed these several years ago as a use for my hubby’s leftover espresso. The brownies have no leavening other than eggs, so they’re decadent and rich.

3/4 cup cocoa powder (the baking kind, no sweetening)
1/2 cup old coffee or espresso
3/4 cup butter (yep! so fattening!)

Microwave the above in a glass measuring cup for 30 second intervals (stir between) until butter…

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A Time to Share

I once asked someone for a recipe for an amazing chicken dish. Later I asked for her muffin recipe. She didn’t say no, but she never really found the time to share them. Later, I found out, she doesn’t “do” sharing.

What would the world look like if we didn’t share? In my culinary world, it would taste rather bleak. So much of what I love to cook is part experiment, part shared recipe, part magazine recipe. Other than experiencing new food at a restaurant, the only other place we taste new food (besides what we…

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Crosses from the Dentist Chair

I’ve been visiting the dentist a lot.

Several weeks ago, my hubby was sweet and decided to take me out to dessert. We walked to a local pizza place, sat outside and ordered ice cream. No, it wasn’t Rocky Road. Just pistache (pistachio for you Americans). And, said pistache had a wee pebble within its greenness. I bit down. My tooth (molar) cracked.

I know. I know. You’re holding your jaw about right now. I know I did. You see, one of my greatest most terrible fears is that a tooth breaks. Sometimes I’ll have these dreams…

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