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BANANA RUM SALSA

BANANA RUM SALSA

This easy recipe is a modified version of the classic recipe for Bananas Foster which was created in the 1950’s in New Orleans, LA where the Port of New Orleans was the port of entry for bananas shipped from Central and South America.  In 1951, the Owner of Brennan’s, Owen Edward Brennan challenged his talented […]

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Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

I don’t know about you, but I love Thanksgiving, and I especially love all the spice and yummy pumpkin desserts … There’s the pumpkin roulades with their tasty cream cheese frosting oozing out of every roll; there’s the traditional pies … pumpkin, mincemeat, apple, squash, and sweet potato and we can’t forget all the delicious […]

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Cruzan Rum Cake

Cruzan Rum Cake

 Way back when I lived on a 43 foot sailboat (a Mason 43 Custom Catch) and worked in St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and before my life as a yacht chef.  This recipe was extremely popular and became a staple in the West Indian yachting social circles along with the use of the […]

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Smart Batter Whisking

Smart Batter Whisking

When making your cake batter, try separating your eggs and put the egg whites aside.  Mix your egg yolks in with the batter.  Then using a wire whisk or your stand o mixer, or even your hand mixer, whisk the egg white separately. After you’ve combined all your other batter ingredients together, gently fold in […]

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Dividing Cake Batter Evenly

Dividing Cake Batter Evenly

Nothing can ruin the look of a layer cake more than uneven layers … the layers look lopsided, and they don’t bake evenly.  It can be frustrating getting a cake batter evenly divided between your 2 pans, so here’s a fabulous quick tip! Try mixing your cake batter and then divide the batter as evenly […]

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Snow Topped Strawberries

Snow Topped Strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries are wonderful and gorgeous and perfect for Valentine’s Day! Try using your microplane to grate some white chocolate over the chocolate coating while it’s still wet to create a snow effect as nice change to the expected drizzling of the white chocolate.  If you don’t own a microplane, a cheese grater will […]

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Easy Bake Biscotti

Easy Bake Biscotti

Making biscotti normally involves baking your biscotti 3 times; baking as a loaf to start; slicing into the oblong cookies and baking the slices for a shorter period of time on one side; and then flipping them over and baking again on the other side. My method is a lot easier and cuts the baking […]

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Freezing Cookie Dough Balls

Freezing Cookie Dough Balls

preNow that the Holiday Season is upon us, we are starting to do whatever advance preparations we can!  I do an annual Christmas cookie baking day with one of my dearest friends, Chef Debbey.  We spend the whole day making up cookies and cookie dough while we laugh, catch up with each other’s lives, and, […]

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Peach Cream Cheese Pie

Peach Cream Cheese Pie & Mom

I’ve gotten my love of good food and my talent for cooking from my Mom and Grandmother as I’ve told you over and over. This dessert was one of my Mom’s. The funny part of this story has to do with my Mom’s second husband! I never warmed up to my Mom’s second husband. My […]

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