Healthy Thanksgiving or Christmas Side Dish: Marinated Broccoli and Cauliflower

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Yesterday I was a presenter in Wetumpka, Alabama at “Gathering at the River”, a Cookbook Fair and Tasting. This was a fundraiser for Trinity Episcopal Church. I had a great time and met some fabulous, sweet people who loved my book, recipes and Ingredients, Inc. t-shirts. We talked a lot about Thanksgiving, and a few asked me for some low-fat, healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas side dish ideas. This recipe for Marinated Broccoli and Cauliflower is a great one and is so easy to prepare. Thanks to everyone who attended! Hope you like this recipe.

In Company with Martha Stewart and Bon Appetit: Dark Chocolate-Pistachio and Cherry Bark

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One of the best parts being a food blogger is when some of my favorite media writes about me, and it’s just out of the blue. Yesterday, a very famous food blog, “The Kitchn” listed their favorite top 10 Brittle and Bark recipes. I made it on the list in great company with Martha Stewart, Bon Appetit, Epicurious and many others. Check out the post http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/break-off-a-piece-barks-and-brittles-101614

This recipe ran last year during my first month of my blog. It’s 3 ingredients and fabulous. I will be making it on television next month in Birmingham NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” and NewsChannel 4 CBS “Talk of the Town” in Nashville, Tennessee.

Holiday Cookies with a Kick: Chocolate Chipotle Shortbread Cookies

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I live in interesting (and fortunate) life as a Recipe Developer creating Christmas recipes in the heat of July and summery recipes and grilling during winter. I created this recipe last summer for a “REAL BUTTER” recipe project coming up with “regional” cookie ideas and recipes. I’m not from the west, but I thought a touch of chipotle mixed with chocolate in a shortbread-type cookie would rock. They did! My assistant, Alacia, has been a fan of chipotle ever since. You can’t go wrong with Chocolate Chipotle Shortbread Cookies. They are perfect for holidays or anytime of the year.

Reduced-Fat Desserts for Parties: Dark and Semisweet Chocolate Brownies

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I have a lot of of television cooking segments coming up next month in Birmingham and Nashville. One of which is making “lower” fat desserts. Everyone wants ideas for great, easy desserts to take to a party, and if they are reduced-fat, even better. I like to use a combination of dark and semisweet chocolate and all egg whites in these Dark and Semisweet Chocolate Brownies. Feel free to make them with or without nuts but just remember: keep a glass of cold milk (or red wine) nearby.

Three Ingredient Easy Treats: Chocolate Turtle Candies

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One of my subscribers from Florida, Melanie, asked me to make these delicious treats and put them up on my blog. I wasn’t familiar with this recipe or idea, but some people are. If you haven’t ever seen this, you will love it. They are only 3 ingredients, and everyone loves them. I taught a private cooking lesson today for an amazing and adorable second grader, and she even said, “What a great party idea!”

Leigh and Zachary’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Everyone thinks Leigh and Zachary, my middle and youngest children, are twins. They are actually two years apart, but they are so close in size that I get that question all of the time. They are both incredible kids and are huge food lovers as well as helpful in the kitchen. This is one of their favorite chocolate cookies from Southern Living magazine. If you’re looking for a wonderful but basic Chocolate Cookie recipe, look no further.

Four Ingredient Brownie: Easy Almond Butter-Topped Brownies

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Since I have been getting many requests for a quick brownie recipes, I thought I would give you a semi-homemade idea: Almond-Butter Topped Brownies. Start with your favorite brownie recipe or brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines) and top with almond butter, nuts and chocolate. These also work great with your favorite peanut butter or Nutella. These make a quick party dessert, bake sale item or Halloween treat.

Lower-Fat Cookies: Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

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With only 118 calories and 6 grams of fat, you can make these easy, delicious cookies with ease. Instead of using store-bought cookie dough, try these heavenly chocolate delights. It’s the end of June, and I’m in heavy recipe testing for Christmas cookies-just one of the perks and odd things to work on Christmas in the summer and summer in the heart of Winter.

Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies in under 30 Minutes

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This is not one of my typical low-fat recipes, but sometimes you need a special sweet treat. Trust me, these are awesome! I have been searching for an easy brownie recipe, and I finally have found the winner: Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies. The recipe is so simple to prepare and can be prepared in 30 minutes. I was asked to make something for the school’s bake sale, and these were highly requested. Also, for Mother’s Day, this brownie pan, below, was one of my top present picks because it makes slicing brownies so easy. This pan also works with any box brownie mix if you’re short on time.

Check this great brownie pan out