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Prohibition Bakery

Prohibition Bakery

Prohibition was a ban on the sale and production of alcoholic beverages. Though it was difficult to get a drink, it was not impossible, and bootlegging and speakeasies were common. We don’t need to sneak into a speakeasy to get a drink these days, but there is still a little thrill when you find alcohol in an unexpected place. In this case, that place is ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Spoon Bread

Homemade Spoonbread

Dinner rolls usually make an appearance at the Thanksgiving dinner table, along with a variety of other side dishes. I enjoy breads of all kinds with a big dinner, from whole wheat rolls to sourdough bread to spoon bread. Spoon bread is a souffle-like cornbread that, as the name suggests, should be scooped and served with a spoon, rather than sliced like regular bread. I’m ... Read More »

How to Prevent a Pie Crust from Overbrowning

How to Avoid Overbrowning a Pie Crust

The edges of a pie crust are always at risk for overbrowning, especially when it comes to pies that are blind baked before the filling is added to them. The edges of a pie crust are often a bit closer to the heat source of the oven than other parts of the pie and they are not buffered by a filling or a pie plate, ... Read More »

Brown Sugar Walnut Biscotti

Brown Sugar Walnut Biscotti

I bake a lot of cookies throughout the holiday baking season, from drop cookies to decorated cutout cookies. I always manage to fit a few batches of biscotti into my rotation. Biscotti are not only delicious, but the fact that they are twice-baked gives them a long shelf life, making them the perfect choice to keep your cookie jar filled throughout the season. These Brown ... Read More »

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Mini Marshmallows

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Mini Marshmallows

I find that almost no one – myself included – can resist a big mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening, particularly if that hot chocolate is topped off with a handful of marshmallows. It was a favorite treat of mine growing up and it still is today. There are very few hot chocolate or hot cocoa-flavored goodies out there, largely because it ... Read More »

Hot Cocoa Chips Ahoy, reviewed

Hot Cocoa Chips Ahoy

Few things are better than a mug of steaming hot cocoa on a cold winter morning and I indulge whenever I can. I love trying new flavors of hot chocolate – though I love a classic dark chocolate drink – for variety, including Biscoff Hot Chocolate, Hot Cocoa Cappuccinos and Gingerbread Hot Chocolate. Beverages aside, I don’t usually see too many hot cocoa flavored products ... Read More »

Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions, though I make sauces multiple times throughout the holiday season every year. I always enjoyed the sweet-tart flavor of cranberry sauce growing up, but usually only bought a jar for Thanksgiving. Once I realized that the sauce is so easy to make – and so easy to put different flavor twists on – I started ... Read More »

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spice Red Blend, review

Woodbridge Harvest Spice Wine Gift Set

I buy a lot of wine during the holidays, some of it to serve and some of it to gift to friends at holiday parties. When I’m shopping for wine for a party, I like to buy versatile wines that I think will appeal to every guest, whether they’re a wine enthusiast or just a party enthusiast! I also appreciate it if that wine isn’t ... Read More »

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