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French Toast with Candied Bacon and Cherry Bourbon Syrup + {Mixed Food Conference Ticket GIVEAWAY}

French Toast with Candied Bacon and Cherry Bourbon Syrup
Earlier this year, Susan and I traveled just outside of Houston Texas to book a new location for our food conference MIXED. We visited The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center last year and loved it so much that we knew it would be a great location for our conference, we just needed to iron out the details. What better way than to do that with a little girls trip that included a side stop at The Houston Rodeo (you know I love those boys, boots, buckles and bulls). If you follow us on Instagram you saw all the amazing FOOD and fun we had, and we didn’t even get into any trouble. Nope. Not us.

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Florentines

Florentine CookiesDespite being named after the beautiful Italian city of Florence, these cookies (sometimes referred to as biscuits) did not originate from Italy. We can thank the French for these lovely wafer thin delights that I can’t stop eating. Honest Cooking has a wonderful history lesson on these beauties if you’re into that such thing. I happen to be into almonds and cookies so I’m into them for those very important reasons, but I’ll thank the French and the city of Florence both just to be on the safe side. 

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Linguine with Lemon Thyme and Mushrooms

Linguine with Lemon Mushrooms and Herbs
I’m going to go ahead and tell you straight away that I am OBSESSED with this pasta dish. It’s pretty much brilliance on a plate. I wish I could take credit for it but it’s not mine, it’s from the ridiculously gorgeous and talented Nigella Lawson. When I saw this particular recipe floating around online I was intrigued immediately. There was no book marking it for later, I made it RIGHT THEN. It’s super simple to prepare and the flavor factor is off the charts. Even the most novice of cooks could make this so is there absolutely no excuses for anyone regardless of their cooking level not to try this. Well unless you’re allergic to a particular ingredient in here and then well it’s okay to take a pass.

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Dark Chocolate Buttercream

Dark Chocolate Buttercream

When it comes to frosting I am of the opinion that buttercream is best. There I said it and I’m sticking to it. Sorry, not sorry and all that jazz. Butter. Cream. I mean what is there NOT to love about that? Well maybe all the calories but sometimes a girl has to splurge on something besides shoes. I’ve said it many times but I exercise so I can eat. Period. Sadly I’m not one of those people that are blessed (yes you are BLESSED) with a fabulous metabolism and can eat e’vrything without having to even think about a treadmill. I eat e’vrything and then I MUST treadmill. Period. It’s a trade off I’m willing to make because again I like food. All the food, which is a good thing considering cooking is my job.

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Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Pommery Mustard Sauce

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

I have an obsession love affair with seafood. In my dream world I would live in a small cottage on the beach, wear maxi skirts, tank tops with flip flops and eat seafood ‘evry day. Fresh off the boat. I might even decide that deep see fishing was for me. Or not, because those boats are a rocking and not stopping. But that fresh seafood. Most definitely.  High a top of my seafood list is Crab. Have I ever told you that I am a crab cracking queen? It’s a self appointed title and all, but I can crack open crab legs like no one’s business. It’s a special talent, my parents are very proud. I’m totally down with for any crab cracking contest so hit me up. I’m serious.

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Blueberry Balsamic Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce
You all know how much I adore panna cotta (just do a quick search with the words panna cotta in the search box above and you’ll find a plethora of flavors). It’s a super simple dessert that will literally only take you 10 minutes of “working” time. The rest of the time your refrigerator does the work. That’s what I call winning. Why do I love it so? Because you can take the classic vanilla panna cotta recipe and by simply adding additional seasonal flavors it changes the whole scrumptious shebang. Making it perfect the perfect year round dessert. These gorgeous jars of vanilla bean panna cotta are topped off with fresh blueberries and a finger licking organic Blueberry Balsamic Sauce from Robert Rothschild Farm. It lends just the right amount of sweet and tart to the creamy vanilla base. Winning again.

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