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The Ultimate Brownie Recipe

This recipe is for brownie lovers.  Do you have a dessert weakness?  Is there one sweet treat that really floats your boat? My weakness is brownies. Not just any brownie will do.  I like my brownies chocolatey, moist, and chewy.   While I like nuts, I prefer my brownies to be nut-free.  Most of all, I like my brownie warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ultimate Chocolate Brownies The trouble is, brownies must be a once-in-a-great-while treat.  You know what I mean.  It's a slippery slope.  You eat one brownie, then another, and before you know it the whole pan is gone!  Today I'm sharing a from-scratch ultimate brownie recipe that will certainly tempt you to eat the whole pan.

Buffalo-Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate in comfort food, isn't it?  It's not a dish we eat often at the Just One Donna table, but a couple of times a year I'll make it in all of its heart-warming decadence.  I like my mac and cheese with cups and cups of shredded cheese, lots of butter, half-and-half, and those crunchy, buttery bread crumbs on top. Oh, yes!  It doesn't get any better than that...or does it? Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with a Crunchy Blue Cheese Topping Macaroni and cheese is yummy on its own, but if your taste buds are up to it, try adding a little Buffalo-chicken.  Then, mix a little crumbled blue cheese in with the crunchy topping and you'll have somthing really special. Well, it's genius I tell you.  It is forehead smacking genius!

Braised Short Ribs in a Rich Tomato Sauce

One of the things I like about winter is the hearty and comforting foods we make.  Braised short ribs certainly fit that description. You'll love this braised short ribs recipe where the beef short ribs are cooked "low and slow" in your oven. Amazing Braised Short Ribs for Sunday Dinner This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  I receive compensation when you shop using these links. Braised Short Ribs Short ribs may sound fancy schmancy, but in reality, they are amazingly easy to make.  After a few preparatory steps, they are a "set in the oven and forget" kind of meal. Short ribs are also terrific to make in advance because they taste delicious when reheated.  That makes beef short ribs an ideal dish to take with you for a potluck dinner that you want to be special.

Lemon Yogurt Cake to Tickle Your Taste Buds

Do you love lemon cake? Lemon cake lovers will love this moist, tangy, lemon yogurt cake recipe.    With two cups of yogurt in the recipe should we call it a yogurt cake?  I'm not sure it matters what we call it.  It's enough to know the yogurt makes it delicious and the lemon makes it tangy and fresh. Whatever you call this cake I'm certain it will be a family favorite. Lemon Yogurt Bundt Cake (This post contains affiliate links.) Lemon Yogurt Bundt Cake If you love the fresh citrus flavor of lemons, February is a great time of year to find the best juicy lemons. Pick up a couple of lemons today and you can have a slice of this yummy lemon cake in no time.

Italian Meat Sauce with Sausage and Meatballs

When you think of a traditional Italian pasta Sunday dinner you probably think about a large plate of spaghetti and meatballs.  Making a traditional Italian pasta dinner from scratch makes a delicious weekend dinner for family and friends and the leftovers are easily converted into tasty weeknight meals. It starts with an authentic Italian meat sauce. Italian Sunday Dinner Italian Meat Sauce with Sausage and Meatballs I like to include Italian sausage with the meatballs in my spaghetti sauce for deeper, richer flavor.  The sausage also adds a bit more variety to the dinner and some may prefer sausages to the meatballs.  You can decide what will work best for your family.  Whatever your favorite combo, make a double batch of this meat sauce recipe and freeze half for another day.  You'll be happy you did.

Make Amazing Chocolatey Chocolate Cupcakes

Sometimes you want chocolate and cake.  There's no better way to satisfy your craving for chocolate cake and maintain portion control than with a chocolate cupcake.   A chocolate-chocolate cupcake to be exact. A moist and delicious chocolate cake topped with creamy cocoa buttercream frosting is what you need.  It's sure to satisfy the kid in you and the kids in your life. Very Chocolate Chocolate Lovers Cupcakes This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you shop using these links I receive compensation. A Very Chocolatey Cupcake These cupcakes are perfect for all the chocolate lovers in your life.  They also make a yummy Valentine's Day treat because we all know, chocolate is the language of love.  Keep them simple or add a little holiday decoration.  Either way, these chocolate cupcakes are sure to delight. This is the best chocolate cupcake recipe.

Traditional New England Whoopie Pies

Are you looking for the best whoopie pie recipe?  Whoopie pies are a quintessential New England dessert and a memorable treat from my childhood.   My mom would make them for us every once in a while.  Oh, what a treat to come home from school to a platter of chocolate whoopie pies!  Yum! Today I'm sharing my recipe for the best-ever whoopie pies. The Best Whoopie Pies Recipe without Marshmallow Fluff Whoopie Pies Whoopie pies are soft round cookie-like cakes with a smooth cream filling sandwiched in the center. Debate rages about the whoopie pie's origin.  Some say these goodies originated in New England, others say they originated with the Amish.   There is also debate about what ingredients should be in the filling.  Many recipes include fillings made with Marshmallow Fluff or buttercream but neither is  traditional, in my opinion.  The whoopie pie of my childhood is a traditional Maine whoopie pie recipe, made with a cooked flour and milk mixture added to suga