Monster Cookies

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I’m all for elaborate holiday recipes, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes life gets in the way and you want to have something special for, oh let’s say, Halloween, but you’re short on time and energy.  That’s when adding a simple touch to a familiar favorite can make all the difference.  Fun? Check.  Sanity in place after not having to deal with five dozen meticulously decorated Candy Corn cookies?  Check.

Rich and Fudgy Zucchini Brownies

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When I was young, my mother had this wonderful little garden on the side of our house.  I used to love watching the garden grow each summer, and daily trips out to pick fresh tomatoes, snap peas and zucchini were a highlight.  I remember spending my summer days outside, playing with friends, and we’d snack on sugar snap peas, fresh from the garden, as we played. The zucchini always fascinated me, though, because there were some years when nothing would grow, and others when we’d end up with zucchini as long as our arms, that seemed to weigh as much as a small child.  My mom would make zucchini bread after zucchini bread after zucchini bread, and we’d laugh at the size of our ginormous zucchini.  They were like veggie snacks for giants.

Game Day Week Recipe #5: Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Cheesecake Bars

As I was trying to come up with my Game Day menu for this week, I found myself flipping through one of my favorite cookbooks.  I was looking for an appetizer, but flipped to the wrong part of the book and landed in the dessert section.  There is was, staring right at me…Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Cheesecake Bars.  I looked at the recipe, it looked at me.  It said, “Christine, I think you should make me.”  Never one to argue with a talking recipe, I replied, “Yes.  I think I should.”

And so I did.