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Author: Christopher Hudgens

Coconut Oil Fudge Brownies

Ingredients 2 cups unrefined coconut oil, softened 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts 1 cup organic cocoa powder 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries or dried, unsweetened coconut 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries Directions In the bowl of a stand mixer (or other medium bowl) stir coconut oil until creamy with no lumps (if oil is too thick set bowl in warm water).  You want the oil soft, not liquid.  If it is liquid, the other ingredients will settle to the bottom of the pan instead of staying mixed with the oil.  If you have separation, you can...

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Florentine Spinach Dip

16 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cup Alfredo sauce 10 ounces frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry 1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts 1/4 cup minced sun-dried tomatoes 1/4 cup minced roasted red peppers 2 cups shredded Italian-blend cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/2 ounce sriracha sauce   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients minus cheese, Italian seasoning and sriracha together until combined. Once that is combined then mix in the remaining cheese, Italian seasoning and sriracha. Once blended spoon into a lightly greased glass 2-quart casserole...

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Miniature Blooming Onion

For blooming onion: 1 large sweet yellow onion, such as Vidalia 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons paprika 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder Freshly ground black pepper 2 large eggs 1 cup whole milk 1 gallon corn oil Salt, to taste For dipping sauce: 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoons sour cream 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon drained horseradish 1/4 teaspoon paprika Pinch of cayenne pepper Salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper Cut the top of the onion; place it cut-side down,...

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

1/4th Cup Chopped Scallions 8oz of Cream Cheese 16 green jalapenos (halved & deseeded) 6oz gouda cheese 8 pieces of applewood bacon (cut in half) Mix the 1/4th of a cup of scallions into the 8oz of cream cheese, while that sets slice the 16 green jalapenos in half so that you have 16 long cups to hold the mix in and 16 lids to those cups. Place 1 tbsp of cream cheese mix into half of the jalapeno halves and place a slice of gouda cheese ontop of the cream cheese mix. Cover with the other matching top...

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15th Annual Oscar Gala

Click here to download the 2016 Oscar Ballot Since 2002 I have hosted a Oscar party each year complete with drinks, food & everyone making jokes about the movies they know and the films they have never heard of before. The concept began after my grandfather passed away and I wanted to do something to remember his personality, a classy, slightly glamour focused and cinema fascinated life. An yearly Oscar party was just a perfect fit. On top of the party, the food, drinks and fun is a multi-page ballot booklet complete with a DVD loaded with trailers, posters,...

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