Spiced Pear Pound Cake with a Cranberry Glaze Recipe

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I was in the grocery store the other day and pears were on sale.  They looked so enticing so I bought a bunch of them.  I had been toying with a pear pound cake for a while and these pears, along with the cool temperatures that make me want to bake, helped me make up my mind.I’m a pound cake fan, always have been.  I like light and fluffy cakes too, but I really love the dense smooth texture and the rich taste of a good pound cake.   Because of that, I try to come up with recipes that take the cake to another level.  This is definitely one of those recipes.

Like pears, spice cakes remind me of the fall season.  Days get cooler, leaves start turning colors and meals become a little bit heartier.  The warm smells of cinnamon and spice welcome people home during the fall and winter months.

Wanting to combine my love of pound cake, pears and spices, I came up with this Spiced Pear Pound Cake recipe.  I added a cranberry glaze which gives the cake a nice fruity tang.  The result is a fruity, dense pound cake with a mild spice flavor that doesn’t overpower the pears or the tastebuds.

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Chinese Restaurant-Style Duck Sauce Recipe

It was always a special treat to go to our local Chinese restaurant when I was growing up.  I remember entering the dark room and being fascinated by the exotic decor that adorned the walls.  Hanging from the ceiling were beautiful red silk lanterns that shimmered with gold fringe. The walls were covered with a lush red velvety textured paper, and the booths were big and plush, perfect for sinking into.

I moved away years ago and, sadly, the restaurant was gone long before that.  There’s a huge impersonal multiplex theater where it once stood.

It was in that Chinese restaurant that I developed my fondness for Chinese food.  To this day I think that they had the best Mongolian Pork, and it’s still my go to choice when we go out for Chinese.  I also usually start my meal with a bowl of steaming hot and sour soup accompanied by some wonton crackers and duck sauce.

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I can go through a whole bowl of that lovely sweet sauce with it’s slight tang.  I dip egg rolls in it and slather it on my crab rangoon.  My daughter likes putting the sauce on her rice instead of soy sauce. Continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cracker Candy Recipe

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When I started getting the ingredients together for this recipe, my daughter came into the kitchen and said that this candy looked like it was going to be the best thing I ever made.
Wow, high praise from an 11 year old!  She and I both agree that chocolate and peanut butter together is just about the best tasting combination there is.  And if you enjoy this flavor combo as much as we do, then she was pretty much right on the mark with her comments.
These candies are out of this world delicious, and they are pretty easy to make.  Be warned though, that the process does get a bit messy, but the result it worth it.  They are delightful mix of semisweet chocolate, salty peanut butter and crisp, buttery crackers.  Pure goodness that makes it hard to just eat one.

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Buffalo Chicken Potato Salad Recipe

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Potato salad, the great summer picnic side dish.  Everyone has their own favorite version, and everyone puts their own special touch into their recipe.
I came up with this version because our family loves potato salad and buffalo wings, and I was in the mood for both one day.  I had some chicken in the freezer, and the celery and carrots from another salad I’d made for a party, so I played around with the dressing and voila…Buffalo Chicken Potato Salad.
This isn’t a salad for the faint of heart.  It’s chunky, hearty, and more like a main dish than a side. Served with some crusty bread, it’s awesome for lunch or dinner.  It’s also a lot like buffalo wings, except that you don’t get your fingers and face messy when eating it!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Dip Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but in my humble opinion there really is no better flavor combination than chocolate and peanut butter. Add some marshmallow, turn it into a dip, and you’ll find a hard time finding anything better.

This dip is reminiscent of “fluffer nutter”, but I like the added touch of chocolate.  Somehow it makes it richer. It’s incredibly easy to make and, if you are like me, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.

I like to serve this dip with pieces of pound cake and fresh fruit. I also like it by the spoonful, but that’s probably not the best thing for me.  At least with the fruit I don’t feel quite so guilty eating so much.

It’s great to take to parties and family gatherings, just don’t be surprised when it’s one of the first dishes gone.

I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed if you try this recipe, and any sweet cravings you have will be completely satisfied! Continue reading