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This American Heritage Chocolate Tart is beautifully delicious! A chocolate lovers dream!

American Heritage Chocolate Tart

Thrilled to be partnering with American Heritage Chocolate today to bring you a gorgeous recipe plus all kinds of fun news going on with them. Have you had their chocolate before? It is fantastic!

First off, let’s talk about this gorgeous tart. See recipe below.

Chocolate Tart 575Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 40-45 min | Total time: 60-65 min, plus refrigeration time


  • 6 ounce American Heritage Chocolate Block
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar (or to taste)
  • 5 medium egg yolks or 4 large
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 prepared, frozen 9” pie shell
  • pinch of salt


  1. Grate the chocolate into a bowl and set aside.
    Combine salt, egg yolks, rice flour and milk in a separate bowl and set aside.
  2. Pour all the cream and the chocolate into a sauce pan and heat to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the sugar and cook until both the sugar and the chocolate are melted.
    Take a quarter of a cup of the hot mixture and slowly add to the egg yolk and rice flour mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk, to prevent scrambling.
  3. Stir the warmed egg yolk mixture into the sauce pan and bring all the ingredients to a boil for about a minute. Set aside and allow it to cool to room temperature. While the mixture is cooling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the frozen pie shell, set it upon a cookie sheet to prevent spillage and bake for 40-45 minutes, until set. Remove from oven and let it cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or overnight.

Makes Eight 6 ounce Servings

American Heritage Chocolate Tart

How gorgeous is this American Heritage Chocolate Drink?!  Oh my goodness, thick, creamy and fabulous.

American Heritage Chocolate Tart

Chocolate is American History.  It is more than just a food or confection.  Chocolate reflects different groups of people, cultures and historical events throughout the ages, and allows us to share a common connection through time.

Mars Chocolate North America is dedicated to sharing chocolate’s fascinating journey through time–how chocolate was made, how it was used, where it came from, and what it tasted like throughout history.

Made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives, American Heritage Chocolate is an artisan dark chocolate containing 63% cacao.  Mildly spicy, and slightly sweet, American Heritage Chocolate is flavored with a blend of spices and ingredients available during colonial times, including cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, anise and vanilla.

They offer Chocolate Sticks, Chocolate Bites, Chocolate Blocks and Finely Grated Chocolate Drink.  They are sold at over 150 fine gift shops at historic sites and museums in the US and Canada.

For more information visit American Heritage Chocolate.

American Heritage Chocolate Tart

(April 16, 2015) Mars Chocolate North America is pleased to announce that American Heritage™ Chocolate—the company’s authentic historic chocolate brand—is expanding west and will now be available at the company’s iconic M&M’S World® store in Las Vegas. This is following the brand’s recent launch in the M&M’S World® store in New York City in November 2014. Chocolate lovers and entertainment enthusiasts from around the world will get to learn more about chocolate’s rich history and heritage as part of their M&M’S World® experience with American Heritage™ Chocolate’s permanent display on the fourth floor. A team of Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors will share hands-on historic chocolate making demonstrations complete with a sampling of American Heritage™ Chocolate today, April 16, from 9am-3pm PST.

This post is in partnership with American Heritage Chocolate, however opinions are my own.  

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You are going to love these Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges! A fun dinner recipe the whole family will go nuts for!

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

So many fun memories writing this post today.  I was contacted by Martha White to feature my 2007 winning Cornbread Cook-off recipe for their Virtual Cornbread Potluck 2015!  Be sure to scroll down past the recipe and see the other bloggers who joined in the fun.

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Many of you probably don’t know that quite a few years ago I started my cooking career as a competitive cook!  It’s funny even saying that because I am not really a competitive person!  I really enjoyed writing recipes and just kind of fell into this fun world of competing.  One of my favorite cook-off’s was definitely the Martha White Cornbread Cook-Off in 2007.  Here I am preparing my dish for the judges.  Talk about being a nervous wreck! I remember getting all of my cute food props at World Market.  My father-in-law flew with us and the boys and we got to play in TN for a few days.  The Cornbread Festival was so much fun.  So much good food to try.

So…..did I win the cook-off? …..

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

That’s me, I won!  I got the famous skillet champion hat plus $5000 to take home.  What a fun weekend that was.

I ended up competing from 2004-about 2007.  So many great memories and friends made.  I’ll never forget it.  When I was done competing, I started Picky Palate and here I am still creating recipes.  It’s the perfect job for me :)

Hope you enjoy my winning cornbread recipe, give it a try, you’ll be glad you did!!

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Chicken Taco Cornbread WedgesPrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 40 min



  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (7 oz.) pkg. Martha White® Sweet Yellow Cornbread Mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup crushed corn tortilla chips


  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded romaine
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes


  1. HEAT oven to 400°F. Combine ranch dressing, salsa and 1 cup cilantro leaves in a small food processor or blender. Process until well blended. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. HEAT olive oil in 10-inch Lodge cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken, 3 tablespoons cilantro, salt, cumin, pepper and tomatoes with green chilies; cook 5 minutes. Remove from skillet. Wipe out skillet with paper towel; grease.
  3. BEAT egg in large bowl. Add cornbread mix and milk; mix well. Place tortilla chips in greased skillet. Pour cornbread mixture over chips. Spoon chicken mixture over cornbread mixture; sprinkle with cheeses. BAKE 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into wedges. Top with romaine and tomatoes; drizzle with dressing.

Makes 6 Servings

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Be sure to check out my blogging friends for more Cornbread recipes!

This post is in partnership with Martha White, however thoughts and recipes are my own.  All photos via Martha White/National Cornbread Cookoff 2007.

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Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

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My Peanut Butter S’mores Style Panini could not be more delicious and simple to prepare!  Dessert just got a bit sweeter!

What a fun day in the kitchen it was making these outrageous sweet grilled sandwiches!! Packed with creamy peanut butter, marshmallows and melty chocolate…you are in for a treat!

Fun recipe to make with the kids, be prepared for messy sweet hands.

Hope you enjoy!
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The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

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The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip is going to knock your socks off. Perfect for your upcoming parties. Careful, it goes quick!

Party food is so much fun to develop….and even more fun to eat.  My family enjoys Mexican food on so many times during the week, it’s hands down some of our favorite food to enjoy as a family.

I put together two of our favorite things…homemade queso dip and bean dip.  Wait until they are combined and baked to perfection.  It’s a match made in bean dip heaven.  Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any party with hungry guests.  This one does not

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Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streusel

Mar 30, 2015 | Tags: , , , ,

This Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streusel is sweet, rich and absolutely a must for banana bread lovers!

Banana bread is one of my favorite things to bake for my family.  I get a little excited every time I see bananas that have gotten dark because I know I’ll be making banana bread!

Have you tried roasting your bananas before adding them to your batter?  They become caramelized from the butter and brown sugar…literally a dream.  Sweet and rich.  So excited for you to try this new recipe!
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Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Mar 27, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , ,

My Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco is the perfect sweet treat to enjoy for any occasion! Fun and chocolatey!

Some days are so much fun in the kitchen….today was definitely one of them :)  Putting together this chocolate taco deliciousness was such a treat.  My boys could hardly believe their eyes when they saw me painting chocolate on taco shells, ha!

Not only is this fun taco incredibly delicious, it literally takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.

If you are looking to impress your guests on Mexican food night, this dessert taco is your ticket!

Hope you enjoy.
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Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Mar 16, 2015 | Tags: , ,

My Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake makes the perfect breakfast or brunch treat for your family and friends!

It’s such a pleasure partnering with Thomas Breads this year to bring you some fun creative recipes using their delicious bagels and English muffins!  I developed the most delicious French toast bake with Thomas’s Maple French Toast Bagels.  They are soft, cinnamon-y and maple delicious.  So excited for you to try this!

These bagels.  Can’t even begin to say how much we love these!!

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Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Pasta

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta Bake

Mar 13, 2015 | Tags: , , ,

My Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta Bake is a simple weeknight dinner idea the whole family is going to love!

There’s nothing I love more than a new simple to prepare weeknight dinner recipe!  I had a blast creating this new recipe in partnership with Imagine Foods.  Their line of creamy soups are amazing.  So many delicious varieties.  Visit to check out all 20 creamy and delicious flavors, as well as a $1 off coupon.

For my recipe today I used this delicious Creamy … Continue Reading »

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