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Ice cream sandwiches may come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors. Traditionally, they feature vanilla ice cream, America’s favorite flavor, packed between 2 cookies – usually chocolate – or thin slices of cake. Here’s a cool, crunchy version that features a caramel-flavored rice cereal base and topping with peanuts, toffee, butter and brown sugar.  

 

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White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake

 

 

 

  

Fall in love on Valentine’s Day with this decadent version of the Cheesecake Factory White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake. The restaurant’s recipe is a top secret but this version comes from recipe sleuth, Todd Wilbur who has created facsimiles of popular restaurant dishes for two cookbooks, “Top Secret Recipes,” version 1 and 2.

 

 

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Hoefield Blackberries

Some of my large azaleas bushes resemble a briar patch. They are entwined with pesky wild blackberry vines and loaded with small, tangy wild blackberries. Sadly, the birds always beat me to the berries and all I end up with is a bunch of  prickly vines.  I find it a better bet to purchase the beautiful plump blackberries at the Sandhill Farmer’s Market off Clemson Road (3 PM to 7 PM Tuesday afternoons) and at Lake Carolina (same time-Thursday afternoons). Blackberry season is fleeting so get there early.

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  Strawberry Picking Time!

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Red, ripe luscious strawberries!  Buy them at the farmer’s market, the grocery store or from a  pick-your-own strawberry farm!  Few things taste better than fresh, juicy strawberries right off the vine!

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 In the Columbia area, you can pick-your-own berries at Cottle Strawberry Farm, off Bluff Road. The farm has been in operation for 20 years.  They grow the Chandler variety of strawberry, widely known for it’s sweetness.  They also plant the very popular Camarosa strawberry.   The strawberries are picked at the peak of freshness, delivering flavor that isn’t always found in the supermarket variety. Try to go in the morning before the sun gets hot. Pick berries that are plump and red; avoid those that with patches of white or green. It is recommended that you gently twist the berries off the plant, from the stem, leaving the hulls intact, then allow the berry to gently roll onto your palm. Don’t pile berries too high or they can bruise. Eat them quickly or refrigerate as soon as possible to prevent deterioration.

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Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a Jewish spring holiday often associated with good food.  In spite of the Kosher restrictions, Jewish cooks excell at creating mouthwatering dishes during this time. matzo     Matzo, a flat crackerbread, is served instead of leavened bread — a reminder of the escape of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.  According to the Torah, the Jewish bible, the Hebrews didn’t have time to allow their bread to rise, thus creating the flat bread that became matzos.

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Black Forest Crepes with Cherry Sauce

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Valentine’s Day is almost a sweet memory, but here is a tasty recipe for any occasion that you want to serve something special for dessert.

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CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE STOUT BEER BROWNIES

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You may not think of dessert and beer as traditional partners, but they can make a delicious duo. Two beers that work well in experimenting with serving beer for dessert are a dark, full-bodied Stout Beer and any rich, full-flavored Ale. Each of these beers has a flavor that works well as an ingredient in a dessert recipe or poured in a glass to be served with sweets.  Super bowl fans will love the following delicious winter desserts featuring these full-flavored beers. Or surprise your Valentine with luscious Chocolate-Cream Cheese Stout Beer Brownies cut into heart shapes in honor of the occasion. These rich brownies will please any chocolate lover, and the addition of the cream cheese topping gives a lovely marbled effect.

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