We know the situation all too well, you are having guests over and don’t know what to feed them. The cheese plate is a great solution to either serve alone for guests to graze or served as a supplement to other starters. If you want to put together a beautiful platter filled with the perfect assortment of cheeses you can’t just slap a processed block of cheese on a plate and call it a day. Well, technically you could but it definitely wouldn’t impress guests.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what would a romantic night out be without a fancy red drink? It’s easy to stick to red wine or a Cosmopolitan, but we have something even better. The best part: you don’t need to be a bartender to make these 15 amorous cocktails! From champagne, to tequila, to whiskey – we have every taste bud covered so sit back and take a look at our 15 cocktails to say “I love you.”

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·      1 ½ cup cream cheese

·      1/3 cup melted butter

·      3 cups confectioner sugar

·      1 graham cracker crust pie shell

·      1 cup pecans

·      2 cups shredded coconut

·      Caramel sauce to drizzle

·      8 tablespoons butter

·      1/3 cup melted butter



-       In a bowl, mix cream cheese, butter and confectioner sugar with electric mixer for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth

-       Add cream cheese mixture to pie crust and set aside

-       Add 8 tablespoons of butter to cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add pecans and shredded coconut and toast for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown

-       Top the pie with pecan and coconut mix

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Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

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