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Pina Colada cake recipe by Lindsay McKenna
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix (I use their white cake but
it’s up to you)
1can (8 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup “light” olive oil
2 teaspoons rum extract
1 container Betty Crocker® Whipped white frosting
1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted
Combine water, eggs, rum extract and olive oil. Open box of cake Read More...
This dessert may be made up to two weeks in advance. A light, refreshing dessert, perfect for
Makes 12 servings:
30 lemon or vanilla wafers
4 egg yolks
½ cup of fresh lemon juice
¼ cup sugar
11/2 tablespoons grated lemon zest.
4 egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
¾ cup sugar
11/2 cups whipping cream
Line the bottom and sides of an eight Read More...
This sweet, potent syrup is featured in Cleo Coyle’s New York Times
bestselling culinary mystery HOLIDAY BUZZ. It’s delicious licked right off the spoon, but you
may want to serve it over ice cream, drizzle it over sugar cookies, stir it
into hot chocolate or tea, or use it the way Cleo’s amateur sleuth does—to make
delicious Candy Cane Read More...
Christmas in Williamsburg is a very special time of the year. The season's
festivities start on the first Sunday in December with the Grand Illumination
featuring decorated historic houses, fireworks, music, and the patriotic sound
of the fife and drums. I've included these recipes from our famous taverns for
your dining enjoyment. Chowning's Tavern Mulled Apple
Cider 8 cups fresh apple cider1 cup Read More...
Rugelach - we make these for the holidays.
2 sticks butter
8 oz. cream cheese
½ t salt
2 c flour
In a large bowl of electric mixer, cream butter & cream cheese until
completely blended & smooth. Beat in the salt and gradually add flour on
low speed. Wrap and refrigerate overnight. (I've even frozen the dough.)
½ c + 2 T sugar Read More...
This is an easy recipe that takes only about 5 minutes to assemble and twenty
to bake. It was something my granny always made and I think of her every time
I eat it.
2 large cans of sweet potatoes
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups walnuts, chopped or whole (optional)
One bag mini marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain sweet Read More...
As the weather gets colder, we hungry humans like something that sticks to our
ribs and warms us from the inside. Here's an easy, yet tasty and satisfying
recipe for something much, much better than anything that comes out of a can.
Hearty Potato Soup
6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced (Recently I used red potatoes and the soup
seemed less starchy, but I love this soup with traditional white potatoes, too Read More...
Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes—the husband and wife team behind VK
Sykes—want to wish you a peaceful and happy holiday season. One of the
many things they both enjoy during the holiday season is hosting friends and
family for dinner and dessert. Vanessa likes pulling out some of her mom's
fabulous old cookie recipes at this time of year, serving them up as a special
treat at the end of Read More...
This homemade treat takes its name from a key plot point in her next novel, THE
Dressed In White Chocolate Coconut Cookies1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1–1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2–3/4 cups Read More...
This treat honors the protagonist of her next novel, THE SEVENTH VICTIM, with a
recipe both delicious and memorable.
Lara’s Church Lady Maple Cookies
1/2 pound (two sticks) butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Read More...
My on–going CHANCE, TEXAS series is fast becoming a reader favorite. The
newest edition to the series, Gage Chance's story, appears in the novella
Christmas Confidential. I just love the holidays, don't you? The things I love
the most are baking and EATING Christmas cookies. A reader sent me a wonderful
cookie recipe a few years ago that is perfect for my Chance, Texas series and
will get baked this year Read More...
This is a family favorite. Think of the richest chocolate cake and yummiest
brownie you’ve ever eaten. It doesn’t disappoint.
4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line Read More...
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