AraYES Crispy Meat-Filled Pitas

AraYES Lamb and Chicken with fresh herbs

Crispy Pitas Filled with Lamb, Chicken, and Spices … AraYES

If you are a fan of spicy lamb and crunchy toasted pita bread, you’ll love these AraYES Crispy Meat-Filled Pitas. I often make these with whatever I have in the kitchen. If I’m lucky I have fresh herbs like mint, parsley, or cilantro to mix in. I’ve made them a few times this past year and each time they’re a little different. These arayes are a great way to introduce new spices like sumac and za’atar into your spice cabinet!

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Biscotti di Mama Bruno

Simple spiced biscotti with pistachios

Simple Spiced Biscotti inspired by a recipe from “Mama Bruno”

I’ve never met Mama Bruno, but when “Husband” brought me one of these biscotti home from work to try, I could tell by the tone of his voice that I was going to love her recipe. I was lucky enough to get a copy of it and permission to share my version of it here! I’ve made some minor changes to her recipe, mainly just to use up some ingredients that have been hanging around the kitchen. I sent my modified biscotti with him and received a stamp of approval. Her version is made with almonds, but I really love my modified version with pistachios. I’ve made it with all pistachios and with half almonds and half pistachios. Both were amazing!

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Espresso Buttercream Banana Cake

Espresso buttercream banana filled layer cake

This is a quick post in response to all the requests for the recipe in the Coffee Laughs & Giggles Facebook group I belong to. I posted “Husbands” Espresso Buttercream Banana cake last night and within minutes I had recipe requests. I’ve never had so many recipe requests!

Espresso buttercream banana filled layer cake
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Fruity Cherry Chipper Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chippers

It’s Holiday Cookie Swap Contest time!

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Virtual Holiday Cookie Contest

I’m looking for all of my competitive friends for a fun little virtual holiday cookie contest! It’s like a cookie swap contest, but it’s virtual! I’d love to get 10-20 recipes! I haven’t figured out prizes for this years winner yet, but I have some ideas!

The 2nd Annual Virtual Holiday Cookie Contest is coming this December! Last year Candice won an Amazon Gift Card with her Soft & Chewy Rum Crinkle Cookies recipe! I bet she comes up with something amazing this year!

Candice's Soft and Chewy Rum Crinkles
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Copycat J Alexanders Cake Recipe

Frosted individually plated warm carrot cake

Copycat J. Alexander’s Carrot Cake Recipe (With zucchini, Greek yogurt and reduced sugar!)

If you are looking for a copycat version for J. Alexander’s Carrot Cake or you are looking to use up the last zucchini from the garden this Copycat J Alexanders Cake Recipe is it! It has less sugar than most recipe versions I’ve found online, and I add shredded zucchini and Greek yogurt!

Copycat J Alexander’s Carrot Cake with Zucchini

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About 2 years ago my sister-in-law introduced me to the carrot cake at J. Alexander’s. I NEVER order carrot cake. Why? Because there is no chocolate in it of course and it usually just tastes like cloves to me. But, I wanted to be polite, and my SIL never steers me wrong, so I tried a bite. WOW, it’s like no other cake I have ever tried. I knew I had to come up with a Copycat J Alexanders Cake.

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