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There are a lot of recipes for making candy in a crock pot. This is one of the easiest and most versatile around! Crock Pot Chocolate Candy Balls are loaded with flavor and so simple to make, this is a great project to tackle with the kids. Read More


Recipe: Cake of the Irish

I first met Maggie back in 1988 when I was hired as a Resident Advisor at The Ohio State University. Maggie was the Hall Director, my boss and the zoo master for a staff of misfits that really blended into a high functioning team. While Maggie is not a member of the Gourmet Club I am in (the commute to Ohio might be rough), she made this in honor of the Irish theme for the Gourmet Club’s dinner this past weekend. Take a look: Read More

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Vanessa Diaz

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

We all know the holidays are the time of year when we’re on a baking frenzy.  Moms, you know what I’m talking about. You’re baking cookies, cakes, pies, and anything else you can think of for family, friends, kids, and co-workers. I know it’s great to keep traditions alive by making the same recipes each year, but sometimes you just get the urge to switch it up.

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Crystal Ponti

Pumpkin Bars

Caden’s grandmother gave me this recipe years ago, which has been in her family for many years. Moist and bursting with flavor, these pumpkin bars are easy to make and the recipe is pretty much fail proof. The frosting is not too overpowering (some people do not like a strong cream cheese flavor) – adding a nice texture to an already perfect treat. Enjoy a bar with a hot cup of seasonal coffee or a chai latte with a hint of cinnamon. Oh yum! Read More