Peach and Macadamia Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping

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I love peach season! Our grocery stores have had peaches on sale for a couple weeks now so I have been itching to make something with them. Peaches are one of those fruits that can only be enjoyed for a select period of time during the year. I prefer my peaches firm, which I guess most would consider as unripe. For this recipe, you will want to use a softer peach.

This muffin recipe is adapted from my master muffin mix, which uses buttermilk and sour cream to keep the muffins moist for several days after baking. There is a little extra baking powder in this recipe to help the muffins rise nice and tall.

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Flaky Kentucky Derby Pie

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Just so we’re clear… I’m not from Kentucky. I’ve never even been there. But I love Kentucky Derby Pie.

I was first introduced to this heavenly concoction by a neighbor, who actually is from Kentucky. Her broad, half-Samoan sons all played high school football, and to raise the money necessary to fund this activity, the sons would go door to door in the neighborhood, selling her famous homemade Kentucky Derby Pies.


They made a killing. The entire subdivision was waiting with baited breath for football season to begin. Or, I might just be assuming that, because that’s the way I felt. I gladly spent every dollar in my wallet on those pies.

Oh, and?… my pie was still warm when it was delivered!! I wish that woman would have some more football playing sons to sell me derby pies.

Oh, the heavenly aroma of chocolate chips and pecans in a flaky pie crust!

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A List of Substitution Ingredients for those Emergencies

This is a super important list to keep on hand.  This will save the day when you thought you had an ingredient, but when you went to get it, there was only a few granules left.  So keep it on hand for those times when it is much needed.

Allspice – 1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves.

Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon
1/3 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar or
1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 cup yogurt or buttermilk (decrease liquid in recipe by 1/2 cup)


Bread Crumbs (Dry) – 1 cup
3 slices of bread, crumbled.

Butter – 1 cup
1 cup of regular margarine or
1 cup of vegetable shortening (for baking) or
1 cup of oil (but only if melted butter is called for)

To see the complete list with many more substitutions, CLICK HERE

Oven Roasted Fresh Summer Corn

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Sweet, delicious, finger-lickin’ corn. There is nothing like it in the summer. At street fairs or carnivals, it is one of my favorite treats. However, as much as I love corn, I am not a master griller (yet) but I like to enjoy the sweetness of a roasted corn with some salt and pepper.


This is such an easy recipe, you will be roasting corn all year long. Yes, even in the winter you can enjoy the flavors of summer.

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