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Better Nashville with Kacy Hagerty

on Feb 14th 2011

Last Monday Hope and I headed over to WSMV to tape a Valentine segment with Kacy Hagerty for Better Nashville.  Before I got my stand mixer and my rolling cart loaded in the van, the rain set in and we drove 40 miles in a continuous down pour.  We actually stopped to buy an umbrella […]

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Stylish Blogger Award

on Feb 2nd 2011

I’ve enjoyed meeting many cooks and food bloggers here at  and Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen.  In particular, I’ve enjoyed meeting some southern cooks and bloggers in TN and neighboring states.  This week, my friends Tammie and Alessa from featured this site and some of their other fav’s and presented Taracooks with the Stylish Blogger Award.  Tammie […]

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Caramel Pecan Pie

on Nov 22nd 2010

I’ve tried many recipes for Pecan Pie. Seems like it is hard to find one that’s not too syrupy, not too sweet, or not too runny. I think I’ve found the perfect match for our family – Caramel Pecan Pie, made with those delicious Kraft caramels. Yum! 1 deep dish pie crust, store bought or hand made […]

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Toll House Cookie Sundae Pie

on Nov 15th 2010

  I recently asked my firstborn what he would like me to make him for Thanksgiving and this was his request.  This pie is a perfect holiday dessert all dressed up with vanilla bean ice cream, fudge sauce, and caramel sauce.  Nuts are optional in the pie, but every family is sure to have a few visit […]

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Steak ‘n Biscuits

on Oct 23rd 2010

Are you looking for a hearty, cool weather meal that can be thrown together in minutes and simmered all day in the crock pot?  Then try this recipe, made with lean cuts of inexpensive beef sandwiched between Mom’s Southern Buttermilk Biscuits. These are perfect for Saturday breakfast, Sunday brunch, or a working late week night […]

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Blackberry Lemon Shortcake

on Jun 18th 2010

A few weeks ago, I posted my great grandmother’s recipe for shortcake.  My mom would make shortcake and serve it one of two ways – either smothered with hot fudge sauce or topped with sweetened strawberries and cream.  The shortcake was such a hit here with our kids, I’ve created a lemon shortcake and served it with […]

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Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

on Apr 29th 2010

Nothing says SPRING like a good serving of Strawberry Shortcake made with fresh Tennessee berries. And berry harvesting time will be here soon. So find a local strawberry patch and go pick yourself a batch. Then come home and make shortcake from scratch! It’s EASY! This recipe was handed down to me from my Great […]

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Me and My Valentine

on Feb 13th 2010

Here’s a photo of one of the happiest days of my life.  I married my soulmate, my best friend, my high school sweet heart.  He always was, still is, and always will be  the love of my life.   He is also my web-manager,  food designer, and photographer for   He has taken my dream of […]

Read Full Post » Finally Meets Pioneer Woman

on Dec 9th 2009

When Pioneer Woman announced last year she was going to release a cookbook this year, I was beyond excited. I have been visiting regularly for about 3 years now and Pioneer Woman is one of the inspirations for this food blog. Later, when I found out Pioneer Woman would be on book tour, I […]

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Lebanon’s Queen of Cakes

on Nov 10th 2009

A dear friend recently turned 40.  Her sweet hubby planned a huge surprise bash and pulled off the plan without a hitch.  I volunteered to bake the cake and found out Carrot Cake is one of her favorites.  The decor theme was FALL instead of the typical OVER THE HILL with black balloons.  Although I […]

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