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You don’t have to wait for apricot season to enjoy sweet apricots. Apricot Bars with dried apricots are covered in a mouthwatering buttery shortbread crust of coconut and pecans. |butterandbaggage.com

Apricot Bars

My grandfather had an apricot tree in his backyard and every summer we would can and dry all the apricots we couldn’t eat. I’ve never been able to find apricots on the East coast like they grow in California. The ones we get in the grocery don’t even come close to what I remember. All […]

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Gruyère Crackers are the grown up version of a childhood favorite, homemade but still easy to make with just 4 ingredients. These savory crackers will be your go to snack or appetizer. |butterandbaggage.com

Gruyère Crackers

I love having a simple appetizer that I can take to a party or just eat on the patio with a glass of wine. While my Old Bay Cheese Wafers are awesome, I was looking for something different. I seem to be on gruyère kick lately so a cracker with gruyère was just what I […]

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You have to try this AMAZING Tomato Tart. Cheese, herbs and a flaky crust topped with sliced tomatoes combine for an impressive appetizer or meal. |butterandbaggage.com

Tomato Tart

I am loving the fresh tomatoes that are everywhere. Taylor is a big tomato pie fan so I’ve been experimenting this summer with a couple of versions. Tomato Pie with vegetables and farro is one of my favorites, but it’s more like a casserole or meal in itself. The Tomato Tart, is lighter and not […]

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Apple Pie Bars have a buttery shortbread crust and cookie like topping over a combination of sweet and tart apples. Ina Garten's recipe is a winner. No fork required for this delicious apple pie in a bar. |butterandbaggage.com

Apple Pie Bars

Stemilt sent me a box of a brand new variety of apples called Rave™ which are ready to harvest for the first time in August and September. I haven’t even started thinking about apples yet but it’s a nice change after all the peaches we’ve been consuming this summer. This particular variety is one that […]

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Southern cooking is at its best in this Brown Butter Cornbread recipe using fresh corn and sour cream. Make it sweet with something unexpected. A guaranteed crowd pleaser. |butterandbaggage.com

Brown Butter Cornbread

I experimented with this corn bread recipe at the beginning of the summer when I was having friends for dinner. I don’t normally experiment with company but this cookbook has been so reliable and it sounded like it would be great, so I gave it a try. It was fabulous. I can’t tell you how […]

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Let Tequila and sprinkles liven up your Fruit Pizza! Start with a Sprinkle Cookie crust, add some cream cheese and Cool Whip and then pile on your favorite fruit that has been drizzled with a Tequila lime sauce. Who can say no to Tequila and Sprinkle Cookies! |butterandbaggage.com

Fruit Pizza

When the girls were younger we had a pizza place that served dessert pizza. They would always order the one with Heath Bars crumbled on top. They would choose dessert pizza over regular pizza any day. So with Natalie home for a couple of weeks we decided to work on our own creation. Our first […]

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A non-traditional tomato pie with zucchini and farro is a great way to showcase summer tomatoes. The farro and zucchini give some texture, and a little gruyere is the perfect topping. Great as a main dish, side, or even for breakfast. |butterandbaggage.com

Tomato Pie

Tomatoes are everywhere this time of year and I always end up bringing home more than I can eat from the farmers market. Taylor introduced me to traditional tomato pie, but sometimes I just don’t want to mess with a crust. With this version, you can use up tomatoes that are just too ripe to […]

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Coq au Vin in the slow cooker gives you comfort food without having to heat up your kitchen. The flavors would make Julia Child proud and is sure to be a family favorite |butterandbaggage.com

Coq au Vin

The slow cooker and I are becoming better friends lately especially after making Coq au Vin in it. To me this is comfort food at it’s best. I’ve found I have better success with the slow cooker when I use it as a tool and don’t just dump everything in and go. Everyone loves Coq […]

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Peach Blackberry Bars are just the thing when you can’t decide if you want cobbler or a bar. Warm, they have the texture of a cobbler, but cooled, they are like a bar with a moist cake like texture that is bursting with peaches and blackberries. Toasted pecans in the top layer give them a nice crunch and bourbon mixed with the peaches make this an AWESOME dessert | butterandbaggage.com

Peach Blackberry Bars

Peaches this year in North Carolina are particularly sweet and abundant. I was afraid the late frost would have ruined some of the crops but from what I’ve seen so far, I think it only helped. I’ve tried several varieties this summer and all have been marvelous whether from my favorite fruit stand in the […]

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If you're looking for brownies that are fudgy and not dry, you are going to LOVE these. Melissa Clark’s recipe is now my go-to PERFECT brownie recipe | butterandbaggage.com

Fudgy Brownies

Anytime I have something that doesn’t work out the way I expect it to, I’m on a mission to find a better recipe. I have cooked a few recipes out of Melissa Clark’s book, In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite and already have some favorites. She doesn’t have many desserts in the book but […]

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It can’t be summer in the South without a seafood boil overflowing with your favorite seafood, corn and new potatoes. Perfect for when you’re having a big crowd, just make sure you have a big enough pot! |butterandbaggage.com

Seafood Boil

Don’t let the summer get away from you without having a seafood boil. While you do have to stand in the kitchen for 25 minutes while you’re adding things to the pot, it’s one of those dishes that’s worth every minute. This may look intimidating but I promise it’s so easy and the only way […]

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Shrimp boil packs are an easier way to get the great flavors of a shrimp boil without turning on the stove | butterandbaggage.com

Shrimp Boil Packs

Everyone loves a great seafood boil but it makes a lot of food and you are standing around a pot for 25 minutes. This is a great alternative with all the flavors condensed into a foil pack that you can put on the grill. You’re going to love how you can prep this in no […]

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Cherry Streusel Bars are a wonderful way to showcase frozen cherries and they ship well if you want to share with a friend | butterandbaggage.com

Cherry Streusel Bars

I made these yummy streusel bars for my mom and mother-in-law last month. I was planning on making cookies, but for some reason, my cookies turned out flat, and while delicious, I didn’t want to send ugly cookies. After messing up the cookies, I was in a rush and needed something to put together quickly […]

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Emulsion American Gin from The Fainting Goat Spirits blends perfectly with the lemon and lime in this no-bake cheesecake | butterandbaggage.com

Gin Cheesecake

My husband saw a Facebook post about a gin infused cheesecake and threw down the gauntlet for me to come up with a recipe using Emulsion American Gin from our favorite distillery, Fainting Goat Spirits in Greensboro, NC. He then told one of the owners that I would be bringing one down the next day […]

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Veggie Packs are an EASY, QUICK, and HEALTHY addition to any meal, and a great way to use up a variety of vegetables that may be hanging around your fridge |butterandbaggage.com

Veggie Packs

I think most of us will admit that it’s hard to come up with vegetables that everyone likes. While I love all veggies other than brussel sprouts, my gang does not. These simple packs are a great way for each person to customize their veggies. I cut up an assortment of vegetables along with some […]

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Apple Dumplings are so delicious that they get their own National Holiday! This version is so easy, you can prepare it in 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients |butterandbaggage.com

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings are so delicious that deserve their own National Holiday!  This version is so easy, you can prepare it in 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients. I’m not sure why July 5th is National Apple Turnover day when apples aren’t really in season yet.  However, if you’re getting tired of peaches and blueberries, you […]

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Fresh or Frozen cherries add sweetness to a savory chutney that's the perfect accompaniment for a grilled pork tenderloin. A great choice when it’s too hot to turn on the oven |butterandbaggage.com

Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Chutney

Fresh or Frozen cherries add sweetness to a savory chutney that’s the perfect accompaniment for a grilled pork tenderloin.  A great choice when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. Stemilt sent me some cherries last week so I’ve been making lots of dishes with cherries.  They don’t grow cherries in my area so […]

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