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The VERY Best Cheesecake — and a Cherry Bourbon Sauce

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Among cookbooks and sheaves of pages torn from culinary magazines, my mom keeps a few boxes stuffed with recipes — Rolodex-style, written in a cramped hand on yellowed index cards. These boxes are where you will find the very best recipes, the ones she tried at a party or family gathering and just HAD to have. This basic cheesecake recipe is from one of those boxes, and it truly is the very best cheesecake I have ever eaten. Continue Reading

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No Bake Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

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No Bake Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

My dad is a food scientist, so growing up we didn’t get to do the fun stuff like licking the mixing bowl clean of cake batter or eating spoonfuls of cookie dough…because salmonella. Sometimes, if his back was turned, my sister and I would brave foodborne pathogens and sneak a bite of forbidden confections. Nothing ever happened, but now that I’m a mom, I’m less willing to gamble on food safety for the siren song of unbaked sweet treats. Continue Reading

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Nutella Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutella Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe by HoneysuckleAfternoons.com

 

Nutella Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

I can say, without hyperbole, that these Nutella Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies are the most amazing cookies I have ever made. They are crispy, chewy, chocolatey, peanutbuttery morsels of hazelnut heaven. The BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe in this hemisphere. Continue Reading

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Peach Cobbler

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The BEST Peach Cobbler recipe!

It’s mid-September and we’re on the cusp of autumn. The farmers’ market is fairly bursting with produce, and summer peaches sit next to displays of fresh fall pumpkins. Continue Reading

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Summer’s End Soup

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Summer's End Soup by Honeysuckle Afternoons

I brought home a haul from the farmers’ market this weekend, including bags of sweet corn and a behemoth of a Hubbard squash (which I had never even heard of before, much less cooked). You can substitute with butternut or similar squash.  Continue Reading

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Spiced Caramel Corn

Spiced Caramel Corn- a twist on classic caramel popcorn by HoneysuckleAfternoons.com

Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cayenne flavor this Spiced Caramel Corn recipe- it’s a richer take on the classic, with a sweet heat from the cayenne and ginger balanced by vanilla and a bit of salt.

The recipe calls for 16 cups of popped corn; you can use an air popper, pop on the stove, or (my favorite method) place a scoop of kernels in a brown paper bag, fold the top over tightly (but leave plenty of room in the bag), and microwave for 2 minutes or less.

If you like a higher caramel-to-popcorn ratio, double the caramel mixture recipe. I’m sure you can find something else to dip in the mixture if you have extra (grapes, tortilla chips, oatmeal cookies…).

I added a cup of peanuts to make copycat Cracker Jacks- but I bet PECANS would be even better in this recipe!

Make sure you sift out any unpopped kernels before coating them in caramel so you don’t break your teeth off!

Spiced Caramel Corn
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Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cayenne kick this classic caramel popcorn up a notch.
Spiced Caramel Corn
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Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cayenne kick this classic caramel popcorn up a notch.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250
  2. Spread out popped popcorn on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven while you make the caramel.
  3. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt, and spices. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat. Then STOP stirring. Let boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Add baking soda and vanilla extract to the caramel mixture.
  5. Retrieve popcorn from oven. Pour caramel mixture over the popcorn, stirring to coat evenly. Pop back into the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, let cool to the touch, and break apart.
Recipe Notes

Make sure the popped popcorn is free of unpopped kernels. You don't want to break teeth!

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Earl Grey Cupcakes with Honeyed Lemon Icing

Earl Grey Cupcakes with Honeyed Lemon Icing- HoneysuckleAfternoons.com

Hello Spring! It was a mild winter here in NC, but our house is excited to get outside and welcome warm  weather!

Branches are budding and blossoming, but there aren’t any fresh fruits and veggies yet. Until spring produce starts rolling in, I’m brightening up the kitchen with lemon everything. Continue Reading