Corn Pudding #Recipe by @Donna_Fasano

Corn Pudding is a side dish that’s served in many homes in Southern USA. If you’ve never tried this, you are in for a treat. It’s very easy to make and it tastes so good. I should point out that other Corn Pudding recipes call for up to 1/2 cup of sugar. I find that way too sweet. One eighth cup of sugar adds plenty of sweetness for me and my family. Oh, I also should mention that this casserole cooks from the outside in, so don’t skip the last instruction to stir the ingredients half way through the baking time. This step assures that the pudding will be cooked all the way through. Remove the corn pudding from the oven, stir thoroughly, then return to the oven for the final 30 minutes of baking time.

Corn Pudding

INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 ounces frozen whole kernel corn
  • 2 (17-ounce) cans cream-style corn
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1⁄8 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons McCormick’s seasoned salt
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1⁄2 cup whole milk
  • 1⁄2 cup butter, melted
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Stir together the whole corn, the cream corn, and the eggs in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine corn starch, seasoned salt, dry mustard, and shallot.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Stir in the milk and butter.
  5. Pour into an oiled 13-inch x 9-inch pan. I use cooking spray.
  6. Bake at 400 for 60 minutes, stirring thoroughly after 30 minutes.

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Travel with Mona to Florida

Why would you go anywhere else on New Year Day? Since I moved to Florida I have often wondered how I coped with living in the north for so many years. And Fort Lauderdale is the best of Florida. So what would you expect to find in Fort Lauderdale? A glorious sunshine, wonderfully warm temperatures, sandy beaches, the turquoise ocean, … Should I continue?

Sunrise on the ocean in Fort Lauderdale

If you are a snowbird escaping from the cold, you will love sunbathing on the sand, walking along the coastline, or swimming in the ocean.

Sunset on the city and the canals in Fort Lauderdale

Sunbathing on the beach: With over 23 miles of smooth sand, Greater Fort Lauderdale provides plenty of space to soak up the sun in one of Broward County’s beaches.

A picture from the ocean: The high-rises lining the coast

Swimming in the ocean: Average annual water temperature on the coast in Fort Lauderdale is 79°F, by the seasons: in winter 73°F, in spring 77°F, in summer 84°F, in autumn 81°F. With minimal current, exceptional water quality, typically calm sea conditions, shy marine life inhabiting the nearby coral reefs, and professional lifeguards stationed above, visitors find safe swimming conditions at the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale.

My favorite beach Fort Lauderdale Beach

Walking along the coastline: The paved beachfront promenade highlights Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous coastline and stretches the 7-mile length of the beach, and is lined by an array of shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and entertainment venues.

The famous Fort Lauderdale promenade

Bicycling in a park: Fort Lauderdale’s “Central Park” was gifted to the city by Hugh Taylor Birch. The park is named after him. Hugh Taylor Birch Park is complete with gopher tortoises and boat access from the intracoastal waterway. The park is a vibrant center for the community of Fort Lauderdale, and residents take pleasure in activities from inline skating to reading under the shade of palms and oaks. Visitors can access the beach via the pedestrian tunnel under A1A.

Seen while walking on the promenade

Seen while walking on the promenade

To visit Fort Lauderdale—a city of canals—we hoped on a Water Taxi and experienced the multi-million-dollar mansions, hotels, and seafood restaurants lining the canals. In addition to sightseeing, the water taxi stops at boutiques and eateries along Las Olas Boulevard.

Boating along the intercoastal

Some of the mansions along the main canal

Las Olas Blvd is the main strip in Fort Lauderdale – Stretching from the heart of downtown, through the business, shopping and dining districts all the way to Fort Lauderdale Beach. Las Olas Boulevard is at the forefront of everything from fashion boutiques and art galleries, to memorable restaurants, sidewalk cafes and bars…The oldest and most famous bar in Fort Lauderdale is the Elbo Bar. It was featured in the movie ” Where the Boys Are” with Connie Frances and George Hamilton in 1961. It’s always crowded.

If you have time you can visit the Everglades Holiday Park where you can take a boat ride and watch an alligator show.

If you come to Fort Lauderdale, I’ll be happy to take you around and give you a
tour of Fort Lauderdale–my Paradise on Earth, especially at Christmas time.

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Flight attendant, Madison Howell loves nothing more than her job. During a flight from Dubai to Miami, she meets the authoritative businessman and his mother. The sweet old lady befriends her, and Rick doesn’t hide his attraction. When his children come home, Madison finds herself entangled with the Lamberts way too often. As she helps the young boys adapt to their new life, she falls in love with their gorgeous father, but she’s not sure she really knows Rick, her charming lover. A loving son and dedicated father but also a womanizer and tough businessman with a hidden past.
When people from long-ago cross his path, secrets are revealed, threatening to ruin their romance. Now mature and powerful, Rick confronts his enemies to clear his name, but will it cost him the woman he loves?

Monkey Bread #Recipe By @TaylorLeeWrites

Monkey Bread is sticky, delectable, and surprisingly simple! This recipe comes from the inimitable Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, who insists “The smell is to die for, but the taste is life itself. I would endorse this monkey bread as the next presidential candidate.”

Monkey Bread

I tend to agree.  It was the hit of our Christmas morning brunch. You owe it to your family and friends who crave recipes that are simple to make and sinfully delicious to test-drive this terrific recipe!

You can pull off pieces by hand or, if you’re civilized, feel free to use utensils. (But then you will miss the treat of licking the cinnamon sweetness off your fingers!)

Monkey Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans buttermilk biscuits (the non-flaky ones)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-3 tsp, cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Reheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Open up all three cans of biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters.
  3. Next, combine the white sugar with 2 to 3 teaspoons of cinnamon. (3 teaspoons of cinnamon gives it a fairly strong cinnamon flavor. If you’re not so hot on cinnamon, cut it back to 2 teaspoons.) Dump these into a 1 gallon zip-up bag and shake to mix evenly.
  4. Drop all of the biscuit quarters into the cinnamon-sugar mix. Once all the biscuit quarters are in the bag seal it and give it a vigorous shake. This will get all those pieces unstuck from one another and nicely coated with cinnamon-sugar. Spread these nuggets out evenly in the Bundt pan.
  5. At this point, you’re going to want to melt the two sticks of butter together with 1/2 cup of brown sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. This can be light or dark brown sugar. Cook butter-sugar mixture, stirring for a few minutes until the two become one. Once the brown sugar butter has become one color, you can pour it over the biscuits.
  6. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes until the crust is a deep dark brown on top. When it’s finished cooking, remove it from the oven. If you have the willpower, allow it to cool for about 15 to 30 minutes before turning it over onto a plate.

Now, I’m not completely sure why this stuff is called “Monkey Bread,” but I think it has something to do with the fact that people seem to stand around it making primitive noises, jumping up and down, and picking at it incessantly. Taste it and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

ENJOY!!

While you’re snacking on these sinful nuggets, dive into my equally sinful book:

The Unstoppable Detective Brooks

The Unstoppable Detective Brooks

Not all Christmas reunions have sugar plum fairies dancing in their heads.

Some include murder.

Detective Piper Brooks is as beautiful as she is outrageous. To the chagrin of her famous legal family, she disdains  her Harvard law degree, declaring she prefers to be a cop. Now lead detective in Denver’s police department, her motto in the words  of the irascible General Patton is “Lead me, follow me…or get the hell out of my way.” The latter being the most applicable.

The newly elected District Attorney Ethan Matthews is as powerful as Piper but sports a sophisticated patina that masks his background as a fierce undercover agent and wealthy attorney. As honorable as he is fierce, Ethan makes it clear that while the blonde bombshell is a force to be reckoned with, no one including Piper should underestimate him.

And while you are at, don’t let this holiday season go by without snatching up these two terrific boxsets by my ABB colleagues:

Irresistible — Unexpected Christmas Gifts

Christmas Romance

And

Unforgettable Christmas Miracles—Unforgettable Memories

Unforgettable Christmas Miracles

Caramel Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookie Recipe

I made this cookie recipe for Thanksgiving and the chocolaty, rich cookies were a big hit!  I hope you enjoy them.

Cookie

Caramel Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips, or semi-sweet
  • 30 soft caramel candies, unwrapped (I used Werther’s Soft Caramels)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat baking mat and set aside.
  2. In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip the butter until smooth and creamy, about a minute or so. Add the brown sugar and the granulated sugar. Continue beating on medium speed for 2 more minutes, until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time. Then add the vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Mix until smooth, scraping sides of bowl to fully incorporate ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, measure out the flour, sift in the cocoa, and stir to combine the two. Turn mixer to low and add the flour/cocoa mixture to the wet ingredients, a little at a time, mixing until just until the dough comes together.
  5. Remove the mixing paddle and stir in chocolate chips with a large spoon.
  6. Flatten caramels a bit using a rolling pin.
  7. Scoop dough using a medium (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop and then form a well in the middle of each ball of dough. Press a caramel into the indention and seal dough around caramel, making sure no caramel is exposed. Place cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes until edges are set. Do not overbake. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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