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CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries TSCL - CopyChocolate Covered Strawberries are so expensive if you buy them in the store but so easy to make.  Make some for your sweetheart, children, friends and family for Valentine’s Day.  You can use your imagination and do all kinds of decorating to make them unique. I love them and they don’t last long at my house! Show some love for Valentine’s Day!

1 cup chocolate chips (you can use any kind of chips you like)

1 tablespoon shortening (you cannot use butter)

Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl, preferably glass and something not too tall or big.  Microwave for about 2 minutes on high. (You can do it on the stove top if you don’t want to use the microwave)  Remove chips and stir until they are smooth.  Dip strawberries in chocolate and place on plastic wrap.  I just use my fingers when dipping but you could insert a toothpick in the top of the strawberry and dip that way.  Let chocolate harden on the berries. You can put in refrigerator or a cool place about 35 minutes.  If you want white stripes on the strawberries, melt white chocolate chips and drizzle over the chocolate.  You can use sprinkles, sea salt, do half white and half dark chocolate, sprinkle on nuts or whatever you like.  One cup of chocolate chips does about 15 to 20 strawberries depending on the size of your berries.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!

You might also like my recipe for Kentucky Bourbon Balls.

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SOUTHERN PECAN PRALINES

Southern Buttermilk Pralines - CopyThis Pecan Praline recipe is a Southern favorite.  A very sweet and sugary candy laden with pecans and so famous in New Orleans.  There are many different recipes for this treat but most of them contain milk, sugar and pecans. A wonderful Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or anytime gift everyone will enjoy.  Make some of these delicious treats and share with friends and family.

2 cups pecans

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup buttermilk

6 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine, pecans, white sugar, brown sugar, buttermilk and butter in a good sized pot on top of the stove.  Bring to a boil on medium high and cook to soft ball stage.  (Soft ball stage means drop a small amount in ice water and it forms a soft ball when you pick it up out of the water and roll between your fingers) You can also use a candy thermometer and cook to 234 degrees. Remove pot from heat, stir in vanilla extract,  cool for a few minutes and beat with a spoon until becomes thick and creamy.  Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.  Makes 12 to 15 pralines depending on size you make them.

You might also like my recipe for Kentucky Bourbon Balls.

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VALENTINE’S DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Good Morning Everyone!

Just a quick post to let you know we are limited on the first publication of our new cookbook, Sweet Things.  This cookbook will make a great gift for Valentine’s Day with over 150 recipes for pies, cakes, candy, puddings, cobblers, cookies and desserts compiled into one recipe book.  Order this weekend and your cookbook will ship first thing Monday morning by priority mail.  We have received many comments from satisfied customers who love this book.  Click here to get your copy today and read some of the comments posted from others who bought our book:  Buy our cookbook, Sweet Things!

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We are a family business and are so happy to bring you this cookbook from our family to yours. Enjoy!

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HOMEMADE FRENCH ONION DIP

Homemade French Onion Dip - TSLCThis Homemade French Onion Dip recipe will quickly become one of your favorite dip recipes.  This will be great for game day or Super Bowl Sunday or just anytime you want something to serve friends and family.  Serve it with scoops, chips, crackers, raw veggies, fries or potato wedges.  It keeps great in the fridge for several days, too. This is one that I make often and everyone loves it.

4 large onions, peeled and chopped (I use the white sweet onions)

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup mayonnaise or could use Miracle Whip

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Pinch black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

Coat the bottom of skillet or pan with the olive oil.  Add the chopped onions and cook until caramelized over medium low heat for at least 30 minutes until a rich brown color but don’t burn them. Drain if needed.  Combine mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, sour cream, garlic powder or minced garlic, pepper and salt.  Mix well with spoon.  Add the onions and mix well.  Put in fridge for several hours or overnight.  Makes about 3 cups.  Enjoy!

Check out my recipes for 10 more great dips you might enjoy.

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