Sticky-Gooey-Creamy-Chewy, Oh My!

June 27, 2011 1 Comment by Champagne Girl

Sticky, gooey, creamy, chewy.  These words describe everything I love to eat and whip-up in the kitchen.  They also are the name of a wonderful food blog written by Sarasota’s own Susan Filson.  Her collection of recipes is impressive and beautifully written.  Sticky-Gooey-Creamy-Chewy is a site that really appeals to me because of Susan’s creativity and Italian themed recipes.  I have spent hours reading her blog and gazing over her beautiful food photography.  Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Susan at BlogHer Food in Atlanta.  Warm, genuine and classy, Susan is in my top-five list of favorite food bloggers. The first time I went to her site, I was captivated by one recipe in particular, Nutella Rice Krispy Treats.  Mamma Mia! She had me at Nutella.

*photo courtesy of Susan Penge Filson

Rice Krispies, marshmallows, butter and Nutella, talk about a piece of heaven! I am a Nutella addict and so are my children.  My son Rocco even refers to it as “Bella Nutella.” We always have plenty of Nutella in our house and I even stir it in my coffee. If you have children or are still a kid at heart, you must try these. For this delicious recipe, please click here.

Susan doesn’t know this, but she gave me an incredible birthday gift this year with her recipe for Chevre, Fig and Prosciutto Pockets. Posted on my birthday, this recipe is perfect for entertaining and the flavor will wow your guests. Figs are one of the things I miss most about California and I always buy them when I can here in Tampa. I love to stuff figs with goat cheese and wrap them in prosciutto, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it.

*photo courtesy of Susan Penge Filson

Pasta has always been my true love and I have found so many fabulous pasta dishes on her site. Susan has such a way with Italian dishes and on her blog she states, “My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had.” She shares a recipe for Spaghetti al’Amatriciana and reveals her secret love affair with this dish.

*photo courtesy of Susan Penge Filson

I, myself, am known for having  love affairs with pasta dishes.  It was love at first bite the first time I tried Spaghetti al’Amatriciana during my first trip to Italy at a quaint little place in Rome.  Since then, I have prepared a few variations on this classic dish and Susan’s recipe is, by far, the best.  Be sure to read her post on this dish and her secret ingredient that makes this dish so amazing. You can read it by clicking here.

Aside from writing her fabulous food blog, Susan is also a food columnist for the Tampa Tribune as well as a contributor to Edible Sarasota Magazine, Creative Loafing Tampa and Creative Loafing Sarasota.  This amazing lady is also a wife, a mom and used to be a lawyer in her previous life.

You can find her Facebook page by clicking here and you can follow her on Twitter @StickyGooeyChef.

I want to give a lucky reader a jar of Nutella so they can try her recipe for Nutella Rice Krispy Treats.  To enter, please fill out the form below and tell me what your favorite Nutella recipe is.

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Ciao for now!




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  1. Susan @ SGCC
    4 years ago

    Tracy, Thank you, thank you, thank you for this lovely post! I am so flattered by your kind words, and that my recipes have inspired you. It was so nice to meet you at BHF, and I hope to have the pleasure again soon!


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