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Meet 8-year old Baking Sensation, Taylor, the Chef

Posted 6/6/2014 6:45:00 PM

Every now and then you run into someone who is so special, you just want to share them with the world.

That's how I feel about Taylor Moxie, the 8-year old baker who is taking Miami by storm.

Some quick facts about Taylor:

She started baking when she was ... 5!

Her original motivation to bake was to earn enough money to buy a doll that she saw at Target. After that, she just loved creating new flavors & designs. Her favorite thing about baking is "taking somebody's recipes and adding your own personal touch". Hmm. When I was 8? I ate my grandmother's cookies & cakes, and my Mom brought home dessert from the bakery once a week. I couldn't have told you how to work an oven.

Taylor's first experience with baking was on an Easy-Bake Oven.

She also studies dance - ballet, jazz & hip hop.

Her ...

Recipe Exchange: A New Shrimp Cocktail

Posted 6/5/2014 5:23:00 PM

Miami resident Steven Raichlen is an expert on barbequeing, grilling and men.

And why not? He's an expert chef, and a man!

Raichlen's recent book, 'Man Made Meals' is a cookbook just for men, and it goes beyond throwing a couple of steaks on the grill, or handling the hot dogs and hamburgers on a holiday.

Share it with your guy, and discover the joy of sharing cooking duties!

From the book, here's his simple, tasty take on shrimp cocktail, A New Shrimp Cocktail.

What You'll Need:

For the Shrimp

1 1/2 pounds peeled, deveined raw jumbo shrimp

2 to 3 tbsp Old Bay seasoning

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 cilantro sprigs (optional)

For the Chipotle Cocktail Sauce

3/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup (drained) prepared horseradish

1 tsp grated fresh orange zest  (the outer-rind)

3 tbsp fresh orange juice

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 to 2 canned chipotle ...

Recipe Exchange - Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake on a Brownie Crust

Posted 5/30/2014 2:05:00 PM
When you see something like this, you don't even try to count calories. Just surrender to the sweetness (and find someone who's willing to do the baking).

Brownie Crust:
6 Tablespoons Butter, melted plus 1 T. butter to grease pan
1-¼ cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 Eggs
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Flour
⅓ cup Unsweetened Cocoa
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup Peanut Butter Chips
6 whole Peanut Butter Cups, Cut Into Quarters
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan, line with a parchment round and butter the parchment. Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Add eggs. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Spread in prepared pan.  Bake about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle on choc chips, peanut butter chips and the peanut butter cups.  Lower oven to 325!!!!! Pour ...

Thursday Recipe Exchange: Nana's Noodle Pudding

Posted 5/22/2014 6:35:00 PM

This picture on Facebook made me think of my grandparents - Nana Clara & Papa Phil and Nana Doris & Papa Abe - and even though National Grandparents Day isn't until September 7th, I couldn't resist sharing my Nana Doris' recipe for Noodle Pudding. You might as well serve it for dessert :)


What You'll Need:

1/2 lb. wide egg noodles, cooked and drained

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup cottage cheese

8 oz cream cheese

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups hot milk

1 stick margarine, melted in a 13 1/2 x 8 3/4 glass pan

1/4 cup crushed frosted corn flakes (optional)


What You'll do:

Put all ingredients except noodles, margarine & corn flakes in a large bowl and mix well.

Spread melted margarine to cover bottom of pan, then add remaining margarine and noodles to the bowl. Mix well.

Pour into the pan and spread evenly.


Thursday Recipe Exchange: Mom's Day Breakfast in Bed

Posted 5/8/2014 6:15:00 PM

Breakfast in Bed is one of the most-cherished Mother's Day traditions for kids to show mom they love her. Of course, since kids are not likely to be experienced chefs, I thought keeping it simple would be ideal. Here's one kid-friendly breakfast-in-bed menu from Cooking With Kids.

The other suggestion for breakfast-in-bed is to tailor-make scrambled eggs with Mom's favorite extras. Some typical additions to scrambled eggs: bacon bits, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, cheese (mom's favorite kind), ham, sausage and salami. You can also personalize the eggs with spices that reflect mom's preferences, whether she likes her eggs spicy, garlicky, or with salsa. Here are some variations, along with instructions. You'll also want to check with mom on whether she prefers her eggs extra flully, lightly cooked, or well done!

My favorite basic scrambled egg recipe:


What You'll Need:

2 eggs

a drop of milk

salt, pepper & paprika

Olive oil ...

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