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How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

When I buy bananas, I buy more than I need. In other words, if I think that I’m going to eat three bananas in a given week, I buy five or six. The leftover bananas will ripen to the point of being overripe, with dark brown mottled peels that make them look a bit unappetizing as an in-hand snack, but perfect for turning them into ... Read More »

Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I have a bunch of ripe bananas, I’m usually going to turn them into banana bread or some kind of banana cake. But one banana isn’t usually enough for one of those recipes, so I turn from cakes to cookies and bake up a batch of Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies instead. These cookies only need one banana to infuse them with some ... Read More »

Sweet & Simple: Dessert for Two

Sweet & Simple: Dessert for Two

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and I am giving a nod to the holiday by showcasing¬†Sweet & Simple: Dessert for Two, a lovely cookbook that focuses on small batch desserts that just so happen to be ideal for celebrating a romantic holiday or occasion. Truth be told, they’re also good any night of the week when you don’t have a big crowd to serve. I’m always ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Making Muffins Mini

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Muffins Mini

Mini cupcakes are cute, bite sized desserts, but they’re not the only baked goods that can be made mini. One of my favorite miniature treats are mini muffins. They’re ideal for serving at brunches and other breakfast occasions because they satisfy your desire for a baked good while still leaving plenty of room for eggs and other brunch items. Full size muffins can be quite ... Read More »

Easy Blender Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme

Easy Blender Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme

Pots de creme are an elegant French dessert, a custard that is somewhere between pudding and creme brulee in texture. Traditionally, the recipes call for cooking the custard in a water bath in the oven to ensure a smooth, silky texture. The water bath is what causes many people to skip making this lovely dessert altogether, as the can be a bit of a hassle ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Chocolate Truffle Brownies

I love making chocolate treats for friends and family around Valentine’s Day. Sure, there are a lot of great chocolates out there that you can buy to celebrate (and indulge) the holiday, but there is always something a little more special about homemade goodies. Chocolate truffles, which are easy to make and always delicious, are a natural choice if you’re looking for a homemade treat. ... Read More »

Green Chartreuse Ice Cream

Chartreuse Ice Cream

Chartreuse – in addition to being a vibrant color – is a French herbal liqueur made by Carthusian monks. It is flavored with a secret blend of 130 herbs and plants. The recipe, it is said, is only known to two monks at a time. Chartreuse is widely available in two colors: green and yellow. The green variety is more vegetal and is bottled at ... Read More »

6 Homemade Sweets for Your Sweetheart

Valentine's Day Funfetti Layer Cake

I believe that any food made with love can make a great Valentine’s Day treat for those who are special to you, even if it is something as simple as a batch of marshmallowy cereal bars. But taking a little bit of extra time on a special snack or favorite dessert will make your treat extra special. Valentine’s Day Funfetti Cake (above) is an impressive ... Read More »

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