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.

Iron Chef in Training: My Cooking Class with Lillian

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Yesterday, I had so much fun with Lillian! I was asked to do a private one-on-one cooking class for Lillian, an incredibly talented second grader for one of her birthday presents. She has a passion for cooking, and wow was she fabulous! I tailored the class specifically for her, and we made an array of healthy snacks, desserts and she even decorated these awesome cupcakes for Halloween. We set up the food for a photo-shoot, just like I do on the set with national food magazines, such as Southern Living. We prop-styled, food styled and critiqued the photos. If you’re interested in this type of class for your child, parent-child, groups of four, college age, newlyweds or yourself, contact me for more information.IMG_2602

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!”

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.

Simple and Low-Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Making lower fat cookies is always a challenge, but this time I wanted to make one of my favorite combinations-oatmeal and chocolate chip. I made these the other day just when three of my oldest son, Alec’s friends walking through the door, and they were so excited to have hot, fresh cookies out of the oven. When I told them they were low-fat, they said, “No way!” 

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

Spring Chocolate Molten Cakes in 30 Minutes

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Many of you may have seen these Molten Cakes on my blog before. If you have, please forgive me for running them again, but when I went out last for my friend, Julie’s birthday dinner at “Flemmings” restaurant, that was the top dessert pick. It was delicious and oozing of warm chocolate, as it always is, and I told Julie that she can easily do these at home. Then the next day, I saw these spring, Easter ramekins at Target, and was so excited to give them a new look. This is a great idea for an Easter or spring dessert. You can make them ahead and warm them up, right before serving. To see these and other spring dessert ideas, watch the link from  “Daytime Alabama” that was on Monday on NBC 13.

Alison Lewis and Paula Deen In Chicago at International Housewares Show

I had so much fun in Chicago over the past few days at the Chicago Housewares Show. I saw so many new kitchen gadget items that I can’t wait to share with you in my blog and store on this site.  While in Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet Paula Deen, who was so friendly and sweet. I thought I would share one of my favorite candy recipes of hers that my kids love, and who wouldn’t?