Bites from other Blogs

  • I’ve been using up a double batch of leftover cranberry sauce gradually, as a side and in turkey sandwiches. Cooking by the Seat of My Pants used some cranberry sauce as dessert in White Chocolate Mousse Tartelets with Cranberry Compote. The tart shells are phyllo and can be homemade or storebought, and the white chocolate mousse is easier than you might think – but just as decadent as it sounds and a great contrast to the cranberries.
  • Cookie Madness‘s Brown Sugar & Honey Pecan Bars are a sweet treat, and a neatly snack-sized alternative to pecan pie for nut fans. The bars have a shortbread base and a candy-like topping made with honey and sugar. One of the commenters suggested adding some chocolate to the topping, and while I’d try the original version first, a candy bar-like alternative with chocolate sounds like a delicious idea.
  • Churros aren’t any more difficult to make than a donut or other fried bit of dough. The only real difference is that churros are piped through a pastry bag to give them a unique shape and rolled in cinnamon sugar while they’re still hot. Butter Sugar Flour served Churros with Dulce de Leche Sauce for dipping. Chocolate sauce, or hot chocolate, seems to be a bit more common as an accompaniment so this is a nice, indulgent, change of pace.
  • Crepes of Wrath has a recipe for Banana Caramel Bundt Cake that sounds like a great twist on regular banana bread. The cake itself has a load of chocolate and butterscotch chips mixed into it to go along with the banana, but the twist to this cake is that a caramel sauce (homemade, of course) is poured over the still-hot cake and left to soak into it. In fact, you need to poke some holes in the cake while it is still in the pan just to ensure that as much caramel as possible gets into the cake.
  • The a batch of Gingerbread Waffles from Inn Cusine sound like a good way to infuse some holiday spice into your morning. The waffles use molasses, buttermilk, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. I would, no doubt, eat them with maple syrup, but there is enough flavor here that you can get away with serving them with just some confectioners’ sugar, too. Serve with a cup of Gingerbread Coffee to round out the whole morning in a seasonal, spicy way.
  • Fans of homemade pizza might not want to look too closely at the pictures in Jumbo Empanadas’ post on No Knead Olive Oil Pizza Dough. The pizza, and even the uncooked dough, look fabulous. The thing is that JE has a wood-fired pizza oven right in the backyard – and it might cause a little bit of jealousy if you’re the type that is constantly in search of that perfect pizza. You could always add it to your “Dear Santa” list for the holidays. Never hurts to ask, right?

2 comments

  1. Your Gingerbread Men look cute and delicious!!! Love your site!

  2. Thank you for featuring the Gingerbread Waffles from Inn Cuisine as one of your “Bites from other Blogs.” Not only did your recommendation send a lot of new visitors my way, but I discovered your blog in the process. It’s scrumptious!

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