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Baking Bites for Craftsy: Semi-Naked Cake Frosting Techinque

DIY Semi-Naked Cake

As someone who enjoys low-maintenance cake decorating, naked cakes are one of my favorite styles of cake to make. Naked cakes are layer cakes that have frosting between the layers, but not on the sides of the cake. They give you a nice cake-to-frosting ratio and are very on-trend right now. But they have a very casual look to them that you might not want ... Read More »

Tribesigns Digital Kitchen Timer, reviewed

Tribesigns Digital Kitchen Timer

My kitchen timer gets more use than any piece of equipment in my kitchen. I use it to time everything from french press pots of coffee in the morning to recipes that I’m developing in the afternoon. I’ve gone through dozens of kitchen timers over the years and have found that some are better than others. When I’m shopping for a kitchen timer, I look ... Read More »

6 Sweet & Savory Pancake Recipes to Make on Pancake Day

Buttermilk Bacon Pancakes

Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras, is the Tuesday before Lent, the period of fasting and prayer that preceeds Easter in many Christian traditions. The idea behind the day is that people went out of their way to indulge in certain foods that they would not be able to eat during Lent. These foods include butter, milk and eggs ... Read More »

Strawberry Shortbread

Strawberry Shortbread

Shortbread is a cookie that never wears out its welcome in my kitchen, probably because I love butter so much. A good shortbread recipe uses plenty of butter and allows that butter flavor to come through in the finished cookies. In addition to showcasing butter, shortbread is also an excellent canvas on which to play with other flavors because the cookies are so simple. In ... Read More »

The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook

The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook

Hot Bread Kitchen is a New York-based bakery that trains low income immigrants from all over the world in how to become financially independent through a baking career. The bakery started training women – many of whom grew up baking traditional breads, as well as preparing other traditional foods, in their home countries – in language, business and professional kitchen skills and grew from there ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: 15 Essential Spices for Your Pantry

Baking Bites for Craftsy: 15 Essential Spices for Your Pantry

Your spice collection is one of the most important tools that you can have in your kitchen because it allows you to make such a wide variety of delicious foods, both sweet and savory, on a daily basis. My spice cabinet is loaded with spices, but the truth is that I don’t need all of them. There is a core group of spices that most ... Read More »

Coconut Mocha

Homemade Coconut Mocha Coffee Drink

Chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite combinations – after chocolate and coffee, of course. Starbucks and other coffee chains tend to put coconut on their spring and summer menus, when consumers are in the mood for a cold beverage with a tropical flair. While I enjoy coconut mocha frappuccinos, I also enjoy hot coconut mochas. Fortunately, they’re easy to make at home, so ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Oh Sweet Day‘s Coconut Banana Cream Pie combines the flavors of two popular cream pies into one delicious dessert. The pie recipe starts with a tender toasted coconut crust that is baked and cooled while the filling is prepared. The crust could go with many different fillings, but pairs perfectly with this banana cream. The filling is made with whipped cream and cream cheese, so ... Read More »

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