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Cup of Yule Tide Cheer

Where has this month gone? I swear I had a list of 13 different tasty treats I wanted to post this month, I had it all planned out with go live dates and everything! I was going to crank those posts out like they were french macarons. [sigh]

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Chocolate Layer Birthday Cake

March seems to be chock-full of birthdays in our family.

It’s a popular month what can I say? ;)

There was of course a particular birthday we celebrated which stood out from the rest. The birthday was number 88, and the birthday boy was my father-in-law.

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Chocolate Garlic Cheesecake Truffles

Now before you run away… let me just say that I wanted to start the year by challenging myself to come up with a new recipe using an ingredient you wouldn’t normally think of using to make a dessert.

Last summer I created a video for Paula Dean’s Real Women of Philadelphia in which I demonstrated how to make Espresso Hazelnut Cheesecake Ice Cream

Well, just a few weeks ago Real Women of Philadelphia announced a new video challenge using Philadelphia’s newest product, Philadelphia Cooking Cream.

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Chocolate Crunch Snowball Cookies

Although I come from a humble family, my father a Cuban immigrant, and my mother a former nun who decided to leave her life behind in Mexico and start a fresh beginning here in the U.S. I don’t recall a time during my childhood where I experienced hunger, true hunger.

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ChocoMintArita Macarons

Yes, I did it again… I created another margarita/tequila inspired macaron.

I’m sure you would have taken exactly the same course of action if someone invited you to a “Ladies Night In” event sponsored by Sauza Tequila right?

And if that wasn’t reason enough…

Let’s just say you were also going to be treated to a private cooking demonstration given by the very talented Food Network Chef from Mexican Made Easy and Author of Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor; Marcela Valladolid.

See… I knew I made the right decision.

Chef Marcela Valladolid

This chica has it all, talent, beauty, mean cooking skills, and tons of charm!

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