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What is coconut sugar?

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar, also known as coconut palm sugar, is a type of sugar that is produced from the sap of the coconut palm. It is very common in areas of South Easter Asia, where coconut palms are abundant, but is growing in popularity as an alternative to cane sugar and is now becoming much more widely available. It is produced by harvesting the sap from ... Read More »

Neat Eats Flower Cupcakes

Neat Eats Flower Cupcakes

Cupcakes are already cute by default and that is exactly why people like them. It’s possible to make them cuter by adding fancy frosting, sprinkles or other toppers to a batch of cupcakes, but it can be difficult to move them to a new level of cuteness beyond that. Unless, of course, you happen to have the Neat Eats Flower Cupcakes set at home. This ... Read More »

Baking Bites’ M&M Cookies

Baking Bites' M&M Cookies

M&M lovers probably know that you can order M&Ms in custom colors with your own personalized message printed on them. They’re popular for weddings and birthdays, but they’re really a fun gift for any occasion. What you may not know is that, in addition to custom text, you can get custom images printed on your M&Ms, as well. That means you can get clip art, ... Read More »

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Last year, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn more about wine. Wine is complex, and it goes without saying that there is a lot out there to learn about it. I didn’t necessarily need to become a wine expert – but I wanted to enjoy it more and increase my chances of picking out a bottle that I’d like when I went ... Read More »

Coconut Oatmeal Muffins

Coconut Oatmeal Muffins

A bowl of oatmeal is a good way to start the day. A muffin is a convenient way to start the day. Putting oatmeal into a muffin is bringing together the best of both worlds – or, at least, that is a very convenient way to justify having two of these tasty Coconut Oatmeal Muffins for breakfast before finishing that first cup of coffee. They’re ... Read More »

Rodelle Alcohol Free Vanilla Flavoring, reviewed

Rodelle Alcohol Free Vanilla Extract

Alcohol free vanilla flavoring can’t be called vanilla extract because there are laws that govern what extract is made up of and they require that extracts be at least 35% alcohol. Alcohol is a useful ingredient in extracts because it is a great solvent for flavors and it evaporates during baking so you get the aroma of your extract without knowing that the alcohol was ... Read More »

Foodie Floats at the 2014 Rose Parade

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I started my year with a trip to the Rose Parade, where I was treated to a few foodie-inspired floats in addition to a host of other wonderful floats, marching bands and entries. To get a snapshot of the whole parade, you can check out the gallery that I posted at Travels with Nic & Rob, but here I’m focusing on the food! The Trader ... Read More »

What is alcohol free vanilla extract?

Alcohol Free Vanilla

Vanilla extract is an alcohol solution containing vanillin, an organic compound that is responsible for the vanilla flavor of vanilla beans. It is typically made with ethyl alcohol and is required by law to be at least 35% alcohol and to contain at laest 100g of vanilla beans per liter of extract. The remaining portion of the extract is usually water. Ethyl alcohol is used ... Read More »

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