Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

I’ve partnered with Social Stars and Whirlpool® to create these Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies as part of the Whirlpool® Every day, care Project.  #EveryDayCare

Shortbread Cookies are a great cookie to make for the holidays. Go ahead and dip 'em in chocolate for an extra tasty treat!I’ve mentioned many times here on Spiced that I grew up in the South.  I was born in Texas, and I’ve lived everywhere from North Carolina to Louisiana.  My wife and I now live in upstate New York… which is a long way from the South.  Truth be told, upstate New York is beautiful—especially in the summer!  (I admit that the winters are a wee bit cold, though.)  But as we head into the Christmas season, this is the time of the year that I really miss my family.  My family still lives down in Texas and Tennessee, and road trips to either state are pretty much impossible this time of the year.  But that’s where these Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies come in.  Shortbread cookies are my grandmother’s favorite cookie of all-time, and I love sending her little holiday care packages from upstate New York.

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Steak and Gorgonzola Quesadillas

I’ve partnered with Alamos Wines and Kitchen PLAY to create this recipe for Steak and Gorgonzola Quesadillas.  Loaded with bold flavors, these quesadillas have become a new favorite in our house!

Loaded with bold flavors, these Steak and Gorgonzola Quesadillas are a delicious twist on a classic! Winter doesn’t officially arrive for about 3 more weeks, but you could’ve fooled me.  It’s cold out there.  Like “sweatshirt in the house” kind of cold.  (Heck, even my dogs are wearing their sweatshirts today!)  When winter rolls in, I begin craving comfort food.  And red wine.  And re-runs of Game of Thrones and Law and Order: SVU.  Yup, that’s how we roll in the winter in upstate New York!  (Although my wife and I did join a curling club this year to give us a reason to get out of the house on the weekends.)Continue Reading »

Tomato Grilled Cheese Soup

This Tomato Grilled Cheese Soup is what happens when tomato soup meets a grilled cheese sandwich.  It’s the ultimate comfort food, and it’s guaranteed to warm you up on a cold winter day!

This Tomato Grilled Cheese Soup is what happens when tomato soup meets a grilled cheese sandwich.  It's the ultimate comfort food, and it's guaranteed to warm you up on a cold winter day!There’s something about cold weather and grilled cheese sandwiches.  They just go together like cupcakes and frosting…or Nintendo and the 1980’s…or the 1980’s and Devo…or the 1980’s and anything awesome.  Seriously, though, once the cold weather rolls in, my wife and I can’t get enough grilled cheese sandwiches.  I’m talking the good kind of grilled cheese sandwich, too.  Shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese piled between two slices of buttery, rustic bread.  Then into the frying pan until the cheese starts to melt out of the sides.  Yeah, that kind of grilled cheese sandwich.Continue Reading »

Baked Gingerbread Doughnuts

These Baked Gingerbread Doughnuts are packed with delicious gingerbread flavor…and they’re surprisingly easy to make, too!  Happy Holidays!

These Baked Gingerbread Doughnuts are packed with delicious gingerbread flavor...and they're surprisingly easy to make, too!  Happy Holidays!I grew up surrounded by gingerbread.  Actually, let me clarify that.  I grew up surrounded by gingerbread houses.  My mother loves making gingerbread houses.  We’d have little gingerbread houses decorating almost every room in our house…and a massive gingerbread house always served as the centerpiece of our holiday table.  To this day, whenever I see a gingerbread house, it brings back fond memories of decorating gingerbread houses with my Mom and sister at our kitchen table.Continue Reading »

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