Maple Bourbon Waffle Cake

Maple Bourbon Waffle Cake with Candied Bacon Praline

The typical service industry schedule greatly conflicts with maintaining healthy eating habits.  We often don’t wake up until 10 AM or later, and our battered and bruised bodies are slow to get moving. By the time we’re up, washed, and caffeinated, it’s pushing noon.  At this point there’s two options: either have a breakfast-like meal…

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Port Wine Pop Tarts

Homemade Fancy, Boozy Pop Tarts with Fig Jam and Port Wine Glaze

Today I had wine for breakfast.  More specifically, dessert wine.  Double shame?  More like double awesome. I woke up feeling fancy, so I made myself some Homemade Pop Tarts with Fig jam and Port Wine Glaze.  You need to treat yourself sometimes, you know?

Rum Raisin Carrot Cake Doughnut

Rum Raisin Carrot Cake Doughnuts

“Doughnut” or “Donut”?  The proper spelling is debatable, and I’ve mostly been on Team Doughnut (because it’s a ring of dough).  Curious to see which spelling is more popular, I conducted an informal study by searching for both terms across various search engines, food porn hubs, and recipe websites. Here’s a brief sample of the…

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Soy Ginger Shorbread Bars

Toasted Sesame Soy-Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Do you have a go-to hangover dish?  The one that will bring you comfort and save your aching body (or at least not upset it further)?  It’s usually a deliverable dish because let’s face it, you’re not standing up for any length of time to cook, and you’re certainly not putting on pants and leaving…

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Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cointreau Cake

Strawberry Cake with Pink Peppercorn and Cointreau Frosting

The weather has made a favorable turn, but it’s presenting a new dilemma.  I no longer desire to complete any task or participate in any activity that requires staying indoors!  No work, baking, or household duties (I’m looking at you, Ever Growing Laundry Pile).  Not even any dining out unless there is courtyard seating available….

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Hazelnut Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Hazelnut Coffee Cupcakes with Irish Coffee Frosting

I fully intended to NOT do a St. Patrick’s Day recipe.  It’s one of the most dreaded holidays for bartenders to work because too many use the holiday as an excuse to get (amateurishly) bombed.  By 8PM, most customers are either too drunk to serve, trying to kiss everyone, or falling asleep at the bar….

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

Whiskey Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

Though its origins are up for debate, the South has certainly adopted red velvet cake as it as it’s own.  It’s very representative of Southern culture as a whole.  Bold, self-confident, borderline gaudy in appearance, it’s always well-dressed and commanding the attention of the dessert table.  One bite, however, and you’re reminded of it’s true…

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Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cookie Bars

I wish cookies were a more widely accepted form of currency.  I’ve often bartered cookies in exchange for caffeine, alcohol, or general favors (please work my Thursday night shift so I can go see the Acro-Cats!!!). If cookies were currency, these would  be the equivalent of a $100 bill.  You really can do a lot…

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Lemon Rosemary Mezcal Tart

Lemon-Rosemary Mezcal Tart

This past week was a snowy one in Boston, and while I feel for the people there, I slightly benefited from it down here in New Orleans.  Because her flight back home to Boston was cancelled, I was able to meet a lovely lady named Misty who works with Del Maguey Mezcal (100% certified organic, single…

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