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Kumquat Caipirinha

Kumquat Caipirinha

A caipirinha is a Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça, sugar and citrus fruit. It is so popular in Brazil, that it is widely regarded as the country’s national cocktail! There is good reason for this, as cachaça is a spirit similar to rum that is produced exclusively in Brazil. The cocktail is bright and refreshing, perfect for a hot Brazilian summer day. It is typically ... Read More »

What are Kumquats?

What are Kumquats?

Kumquats, or cumquats, are small citrus fruits that are often overlooked in favor of more popular oranges, lemons and limes during citrus season. Kumquats are round or oval and resemble very small oranges when ripe, though they are about the size of a large olive. They have a thin skin that, unlike the peel of an orange, can be eaten along with the pulp of ... Read More »

Rum and Vanilla Cupcakes with Rum-Spiked Cream Cheese Frosting

Rum & Vanilla Cupcakes

I’ve been using a lot of rum lately. Like bourbon, rum is a flavorful spirit that can make a great addition to baked goods. The most well-known use of rum in a dessert is a rum cake, which is typically soaked in a rum and sugar syrup to make it exceptionally moist and give it a strong rum flavor. Rum can be used in recipes ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Affogatos are one of my favorite easy desserts. They start with a scoop of ice cream that is topped with espresso or strong coffee, for a dessert that is hot and cold, sweet and strong. Cookie and Beer put together an indulgent S’mores Affogato with Marshmallow Whipped Cream that is even more decadent than most. It combines mocha ice cream, strong coffee and homemade marshmallow ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix

It was more than six years ago when Trader Joe’s released its first gluten free brownie mix. At the time, gluten free baking wasn’t as commonplace as it is now and the mix was one very easy way to quickly mix up a gluten free chocolate treat. Fast forwarding to today, Trader Joe’s has recently added a new Baker Josef’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix ... Read More »

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

DIY Hot Sauce Kit

It is easy to imagine making some foods. For instance, you can probably picture yourself making Homemade Girl Scout Cookies, Homemade Oreos or a version of your favorite muffin from the local coffee shop. It is not as easy to imagine yourself making some other products at home – but with a little bit of time and the proper ingredients, you can really make almost ... Read More »

Pineapple Sponge Cake

Pineapple Sponge Cake

I love foam cakes because their light, airy texture makes them both fun to make and fun to eat. Foam cakes are types of cakes that are leavened primarily with beaten eggs or egg whites. When eggs are beaten at high speeds, they build a foam made up of tiny bubbles that is held together by the proteins in the eggs. This foam is airy ... Read More »

Flavor Flours

Flavor Flours

While all purpose flour continues to be the most widely used flour when it comes to baking, it certainly isn’t the only option that you have when you want to bake up some delicious dishes. Over the past several years, the popularity of non-wheat flours has skyrocketed. It is now easier than ever to find these “alternative” flours in the baking sections of regular markets, ... Read More »

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