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Individual Cherry Tomato Crisps

Individual Cherry Tomato Crisps

I eat a lot of tomatoes during the summer, slicing up large heirlooms to make BLTs and popping sweet cherry tomatoes into my mouth by the handful.  They’re so good when they’re fresh, that I often don’t cook them before serving them, but I love roasted tomatoes and do manage to set enough aside from time to time to transform them into other delicious summer dishes. These Individual ... Read More »

Classic Caipirinha

How to Make a Classic Caipirinha

The Caipirinha is one of the most (if not the most) popular cocktails in Brazil. The recipe dates back around 100 years, when it was reputed to have medicinal properties (as were many spirited drinks!). The drink is made with cachaça, lime and sugar and is very simple to make. Though the flavor of the finished drink is different, it is often compared to a ... Read More »

What is Cachaça?

What is Cachaça?

Cachaça is a Brazilian distilled spirit made from sugar cane juice. It is the best selling and most popular spirit in Brazil. There are approximately 1.2 billion liters produced annually and only a tiny portion of that is exported to other countries. By contrast, in 2014, Kentucky distilleries distilled 1.2 million barrels (approx 143 million liters) of bourbon. Two types of Cachaça are produced: a ... Read More »

Sequilhos (Brazilian Cornstarch Cookies)

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Since the Rio Olympics are right around the corner, I’ve been trying a variety of Brazilian dessert recipes. Candies like beijinhos and brigadeiros are delicious and easy to make, but they’re not the only dessert option in Brazil. Sequilhos are an unusual type of cookie that is made primarily with cornstarch that is popular in Brazil and easy to find both in home kitchens and ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

I don’t think that you can have too many s’mores in your life, so add That Skinny Chick Can Bake‘s S’mores Cookie Cake to your list of possibilities. The cake has a chocolate chip cookie base that is improved by adding graham cracker crumbs to capture the flavor of the original s’more. It is topped with a milk chocolate ganache filling and plenty of mini ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Brazilian Brigadeiros

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Brazilian Brigadeiros

Last week, I shared a recipe for Cocout Beijinhos, a popular and easy-to-make Brazilian candy. Brazil is also known for another candy, the Brigadeiro. Both candies are made with sweetened condensed milk as a base. While the beijinhos are packed with lots of shredded coconut, the brigadeiros are made with chocolate and rolled in chocolate sprinkles. They look like classic chocolate truffles, but taste like ... Read More »

Sweeter off the Vine

Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season

As a lover of all fruity desserts, I am of the opinion that there is no wrong time to make them. I’ll use frozen berries in the winter and apples all year round, if I’m in the mood. That said, fruits always taste their best when they are both fresh and in season, so I’ll definitely favor seasonal recipes when I’m baking. In Sweeter off ... Read More »

Bakery-Style Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Bakery-Style Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are probably the most popular muffin flavor in the US. The muffins can be found at almost every market, bakery and cafe that sells pastries. The muffins that come out of commercial ovens at bakeries are sometimes almost too pretty to eat. They have perfect tops and are packed with fresh blueberries. I know that I have made my share of disappointing blueberry ... Read More »

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