The Best Gummy Bears Ever

Maybe it’s my love of rosé. Or wine. Or Haribo gummy bears. Who knows? All I have to say is, Sugarfina’s Rosé All Day gummy bears are THE BEST GUMMY BEARS I HAVE EVER HAD. I’m not kidding here, folks and apparently, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Back when these little delights first dropped, the tasty treats sold out everywhere and had a waitlist 30K deep. Yep. A small box will set you back $8.50 or…

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S’more Dip: A Recipe You Can’t Screw Up

Look, I’ve had my share of #CookingFails in my lifetime. The following recipe for s’more dip IS NOT ONE OF THEM. Just make this one time, and you’ll ask yourself, “where has this been all of my life?” INGREDIENTS: graham crackers marshmallows semi-sweet chocolate chips METHOD: In small stovetop saucepan, melt chocolate chips on low heat until smooth. Do not burn. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover melted chocolate chips with marshmallows. Bake saucepan in oven for 5-10 minutes, or until melted marshmallows are golden brown. Serve…

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Best Hot Chocolate EVER

Now that the weather has turned colder and winter is officially here, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes, one for homemade hot chocolate with an “adult” twist. Need something to keep you warm at night? This will do it! Ingredients: 2 cups skim milk 1/4 cup hazelnut creamer 1/2 cup 60% cocoa dark chocolate chips 2 shots of Grand Marnier Method: Pour milk, creamer and chocolate chips into saucepan. Stir on low heat until blended. Add Grand Marnier. Stir until well…

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Cheddar Bay Sliders: The Most Awesome Ham Sliders Ever

A few nights ago, my husband and I stumbled onto something AMAZING. You’re going to be glad that I’m sharing this–it’s a game changer for the cheddar bay biscuit. Struggling for something to eat, we rooted around for a few minutes in the pantry discussing possibilities. Neither of us wanted more turkey from Thanksgiving, nor did we want anything too heavy. After a few minutes, he pulled out a box of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuit mix. “What if we…

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The One Thing I Wish #Cincinnati Had

We first found it in 2006, in Reno, Nevada, right smack in the middle of town. My husband and I traveled there as part of a conference (he wasn’t my husband then), and when we found it, we made sure we went back two times in 3 days.We found it again in 2009 in Los Angeles, and just recently this summer in Charlotte, NC. What am I talking about? A dessert bar. It’s a tempting concept, and once you’ve gone to…

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Celi Cooks: Easy Peasy Angel Food Pudding

During the crush of summer, I crave light, airy, sweet treats with lots of fruit. The more fruit, the better. That’s why I love this simple recipe for Angel Food Pudding. It takes only a few minutes to prepare, doesn’t require any baking, and captures summer in every bite. Try it once, and I’m sure you’ll put it in your summer rotation. It’s a hit! Ingredients: 1 premade Angle Food cake 1 10 oz tub of strawberries, washed and sliced 1 8…

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The Happiest Restaurant in #Cincinnati

If you’ve never been to Sugar n’ Spice, you’re missing out. This might just be the happiest breakfast joint in Cincinnati. We ate Sunday brunch there last weekend, and I walked away totally impressed. The staff at this spot takes pancakes and omelets to a whole other level. We’re talking omelets as big as a person’s head and fluffy pancake that would make anyone’s mouth water. No wonder this restaurant has long weekend lines. People travel from all over just…

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Show Some Class With Your Wine Glass

It’s one of dining’s big mysteries. What is the proper way to hold a wine glass?  By the stem? At the end? By the bowl? One handed? Two? With wine “all the rage” these days, you might have wondered this stuff, too. Turns out, there’s some technique to “doing it right” when it comes to drinking wine. Epicureans, wine connoisseurs, and foodies won’t hesitate to tell you– hold that glass by the stem. If you do, it will show that…

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Celi Cooks: That’s a Layered Pizza Pie!

I’ve baked homemade pizzas for years, but a recent episode of Man vs. Food I found on The Food Network convinced me that I might have been doing it wrong all along. The episode focused on an NYC pizza joint that serves an epic pizza the Sicilian way. A big twist here: sauce on top of the pizza, not on the bottom. I’m not Italian (Celi is a name I received when I married my Filipino-American husband), so this concept seemed new…

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Celi Cooks: Hot Mulled Wine

Hot mulled wine was another big hit when it came to Christmas 2014. This recipe takes a humdrum bottle of regular red wine and ads some sparkle and glamour. Serve this to your guests at a party, and they’ll clamor for another glass faster than you can serve it! Mulled wine works great at fall and winter events, when everyone wants to warm up with a hot drink. Ingredients:  1 standard bottle of red table wine (no need to reach…

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