Tasting Parties

30 08, 2015

Pineapple Cream & Rum Cupcakes

2023-03-02T17:47:37+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Cooking Blog, Recipes, Tasting Parties|

These cupcakes were inspired by my grandmother and mother. My grandmother loved sweets but was not a big fan of chocolate.  (Hard to believe not loving chocolate and being related to me, right?)  To satisfy her sweet tooth, she almost always had what she called "Plain Cake" in her kitchen.  It is easy to ...[ get the full recipe ]

26 08, 2015

For the love of buttermilk! Chocolate Cupcakes

2023-03-02T17:48:04+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Cooking Blog, Recipes, Tasting Parties|

My mom just had a big birthday, so we celebrated with a cupcake tasting party!  For my contributions to the party, I decided to use recipes that include one of my mom's favorite foods---buttermilk. Yes, you read that right---buttermilk.  You won't believe this, but my mom loves to drink buttermilk straight!  Unusual, right?  I finally ...[ get the full recipe ]

22 05, 2015

Winning Barbeque Sauces from Our Tasting Party

2023-03-02T17:51:52+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Cooking Blog, Tasting Parties|

Grilling season is finally here and to a girl like me who grew up in Texas that means barbeque ribs, sausage, chicken and brisket dripping with a tangy, tomato-based barbeque sauce!  My mouth is already watering. But over the years I have learned that everyone has their favorite style of barbeque.  The varieties are endless.  Do ...[ get the full recipe ]

23 12, 2014

Pie Crust Blog Tasting Party

2023-01-17T19:14:23+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Tasting Parties|

I must apologize for the lateness of this post, but as many of you know by now, yesterday was my last day at my old job and today was my first day at the new one.  That means that things have been hectic.  But work craziness aside, it is time to report on our ...[ get the full recipe ]

11 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Dressing (aka Stuffing) Blog Tasting Party—Drum Roll Please…

2023-01-15T21:48:53+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Tasting Parties|

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I always think of turkey and dressing, or as some would call it---stuffing.  While there are many ways to prepare a turkey, there seem to be even more versions of dressing, so we decided our pre-Thanksgiving Blog Tasting Party (BTP) would focus on that amazing comfort food---dressing. But first ...[ get the full recipe ]

11 05, 2014

Flan Mini-Blog Party—The Results Are In!

2023-01-23T18:55:18+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Tasting Parties|

J and I decided to have a last-minute mini-blog party over Cinco de Mayo weekend.  We invited a few friends over and asked them to bring a side dish or drink for our "Summer is Here" Cookout.  As you can see, our friends showed up with amazing summer salads, along with drinks. We started ...[ get the full recipe ]

26 10, 2013

Cornbread Blog Party—The Winners!

2023-01-17T16:39:54+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Tasting Parties|

Well it is time to announce the winners of the Southern Cornbread Blog Party.  We tasted 4 recipes for Southern Cornbread.  Of course, we had plenty of real butter to slather on the cornbread.  While J and I try to reach a balance in our eating overall (J often achieves that balance better than I do), ...[ get the full recipe ]

24 10, 2013

Southern Cornbread Blog Party!

2023-01-15T20:49:05+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Tasting Parties|

The Southern Cornbread Blog Party was a big success.  We asked our guests to bring their favorite dishes that go with cornbread.  That resulted in an awesome dinner.  We had two types of fantastic chili, a yummy casserole, delicious chicken and sausage gumbo with rice, pork shoulder simmered with salsa verde, and creamy pinto ...[ get the full recipe ]

15 10, 2013

Time for the Next Blog Party—Southern Cornbread

2023-01-16T17:26:48+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Tasting Parties|

It is time for the next blog party---Monday, October 21, 2013!   I had originally planned for this party to feature homemade pasta, but with fall rapidly approaching (already here according to the calendar), we decided it was time for true, Southern comfort food.  Therefore, we are returning to our Southern roots and will be tasting ...[ get the full recipe ]

6 07, 2013

Ceviche Blog Party—The Rest of Party

2023-01-16T17:25:54+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Tasting Parties|

The taco bar turned out great.  We had marinated, grilled flap (not flank steak---see below) steak. Lots of questions about flap steak!  What is flap steak.  Is it skirt steak or flank steak?  What part of the cow does it come from?  I have cooked all three in the past and have come to prefer flap steak, ...[ get the full recipe ]

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