Almost Vegan Chocolate “Caramel” Oatmeal Cookies

   Ok ok ok, calm down. Don’t assume that because I have THAT word “Vegan” in the title that I have gone off the deep end.  (Not that if you are Vegan I think that about you…I just love my meats and honey way too much.)  I recently made a new friend that, lo and…

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Gift Giving – Music and Brownies

This was published in the December 2013 issue of Alamance Magazine.  I want to share it with you now, because it’s never a bad time for gift giving. With love, J ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gift Giving There’s so much that comes to mind with the term, gift giving. No matter what has crossed my mind to write…

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Changing the way we cook: Dialysis friendly recipes

What a crazy month it’s been!  Four weeks ago tomorrow, Maw-Maw was first admitted to the hospital for kidney failure and a myriad of other things.  Two weeks before that approximately she had a pretty bad fall, and that started the downhill roll for her kidneys.  Between work, home, and hospital (or rehab center for…

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Sundays with Friends: My friend Jen and her Peanut Butter Balls…

Do you remember my good friend, Jen? She last wrote for us about Wild Turkey Stew, and this time she’s bringing us a very near and dear to her heart recipe for her Mama’s Peanut Butter Balls. I meant to get this to you before Christmas, but we all know how busy the Holidays can…

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CONTEST: Who loves BBQ Sauce???

I do! I do! I do! Who loves supporting local companies and businesses??? I do! So with that said, I am pleased to bring you my first ever contest. Woohoo!!!  On top of that, what better thing to kick off the first contest with than some of the most amazing BBQ Sauce ever! I’m so…

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Rambling on my way to my 30s and a Cooking Class on 9/5/12!!! Yay!

First, I must apologize for all of the “reflection” posts lately, and lack of recipes. I’ll be back on the recipes shortly, I promise. I’m just in a very pivotal moment it seems in life. By no means is it a bad thing, but it is definitely causing me to think a lot about the…

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Fit for a Mardi Gras King….Cake.

I have a super good friend of mine that is in love with everything Mardi Gras, and I know she looks forward to it every year. Well, this year, I decided to try my hand at a King Cake. I also knew that I would need to get her honest opinion as well since she…

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Sundays with Friends: Dreaming with Dannie and his Godiva Dream Cheesecake

Wow! It’s been a little bit of time since we’ve had a Sundays with Friends to post (so send me more to theonyxplate@gmail.com *wink*)…and there’s no better way to bring it back than with a Triple-layer GODIVA Dream Cheesecake. Yes….I said GODIVA! This post comes to us from Dannie, a new friend and long-time fan…

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Mom’s Birthday Cake…Amazing Woman, Amazing Cake

Let’s get the most important thing of the year out of the way first….. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MOST AMAZING MOTHER THIS REDHEAD COULD HAVE EVER ASKED FOR! I love you with all my heart, and I can’t wait to see what and where 2012 is going to bring you and I! Today is my…

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Poppin’ for Popcorn!

For Christmas Eve with my family, I decided to have a Popcorn Bar with different selections of seasoned popcorns.  I, being the stellar daughter that I am, had to call Mom and make sure she had her braces off so she could enjoy the selection.  Needless to say…they have been off for a few years. …

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