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No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

A scoop of vanilla ice cream is one of the simplest indulgences that you can treat yourself to. And it is often the best, since there is never a bad time for vanilla ice cream. I enjoy it on its own, paired with a warm slice of apple tart or drowned in espresso to make an affogato. It is easy to run out to the ... Read More »

Limited Edition Watermelon Oreos, reviewed

Watermelon Oreos

Oreo has been coming out with all kinds of limited edition flavors, giving consumers new flavors to look forward to throughout the year. Some flavors have been bigger hits than others, such as the Halloween Candy Corn flavor that sold out before the end of September the first year it was released. This summer, Oreo fans will find limited edition Watermelon Oreos in stores (I ... Read More »

How to Substitute for Buttermilk in Baking

How to Substitute for Buttermilk in Baking

Buttermilk is an ingredient that I always keep in my refrigerator because I use it a lot for baking. It not only adds great flavor to baked goods, but it helps to tenderize cakes, muffins and other treats, too. Although I usually have it in stock, buttermilk is an ingredient that you might not always have on hand when you decided to do a little baking. ... Read More »

Brown Butter Blueberry Apricot Loaf

Apricot Blueberry Loaf

One of the reasons that vanilla baked goods are often thought of as being “plain” is that they lack the pops of color that you might find in other foods, like Funfetti cakes, blueberry muffins or chocolate chip cookies and quick breads. I love “plain” vanilla goodies, but I’ll admit that it is nice to get some color into your baked goods, too. Adding berries, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were always one of my favorites growing up, and I still love that flavor combination to this day. There are many ways to enjoy it, and one is a batch of Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownies, which Crazy for Crust recently baked. These brownies are topped with swirls of both peanut butter and jelly – elements that you have probably seen ... Read More »

Macarons, Sprinkles and the Swatch Pastry Chef Collection

Swatch Pastry Chef Collection: Macaron Watch

I have a lot of timers in my kitchen. They keep me on schedule and prevent me from forgetting to check my baked goods at the appropriate time. I have oven timers, microwave timers, cell phone timers and, of course, my watch. A watch is both a tool and a fashion accessory – and I have never seen watches that are more appropriate for bakers ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Comfort

Peanut Butter Comfort

When you think about peanut butter desserts, the first things that come to mind are probably peanut butter cookies. They’re almost as ubiquitous as chocolate chip cookies and, while they are delicious, they’re only the top of the iceberg when it comes to all the delicious desserts that you can make with peanut butter. In Peanut Butter Comfort, you’ll find dozens of recipes that put ... Read More »

Rice Pudding Pops

Rice Pudding Pops

Pudding pops were one of my favorite hot-weather treats as a kid. They were sweet, creamy and had a great commercial campaign behind them. I still like pudding pops when they’re made with homemade pudding. Pudding pops generally came in vanilla, chocolate and a vanilla-chocolate swirl, but there are all kinds of pudding flavors out there and every one of them is fair game for ... Read More »

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