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Recipe: The Ultimate Cream Cheese Frosting

This is our absolute favorite Ultimate Cream Cheese Frosting recipe for cupcakes, cake & frosted cookies. Comes together in just 3 minutes!

2 1/2 cups frosting

1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
4 cups powdered sugar

With the paddle attachment in a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla paste on medium speed until smooth.
Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add in the powdered sugar a cup at a time.
Mix until well combined. Increase the speed back to medium once the sugar is blended in.
Whip until creamy and well combined.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cast Iron Skillet Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese is simple to prepare and absolutely irresistible. If you don’t already own an inexpensive cast iron skillet, the time is now to get one!

1 grilled cheese

2 pieces your favorite bread (We LOVE sourdough)
4 ounces your favorite cheese (sliced no thicker than 1/4 inch) Asiago, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, etc.
mayonnaise
salted butter, a few pats

Heat your cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Melt a big pat of butter while its heating up. Swirl the butter in the pan to coat it evenly. Use an oven mitt so you don’t burn your hand on the skillet handle. Have a heavy plate, lid or a fry pan ready so you can place it over your grilled cheese as it cooks.
Coat each piece of bread with a thin layer of mayonnaise. Top each slice with cheese & then make a sandwich. Place the sandwich in the hot pan. Let the first side cook until golden brown. Flip & do the same to the other side.
Add more butter to the pan & swirl it around. Flip sandwich again. Now you need to watch things carefully, it’s easy to burn your sandwich. Place the lid or another pan over the top of your sandwich & watch the cheese start to melt. Flip a number of times, covering & watching the bread carefully, adding more butter as grilled cheese absorbs it.
Remove from pan when the bread is crispy & browned and the cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

How to: Sparkly Sugared Cranberries

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How to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Recipe: Perfectly Baked Bacon

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Homemade Parmesan Croutons

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Recipe: All Butter Pastry Pie Crust

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How to: Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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