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Zoku Ice Cream Bowl

Zoku Ice Cream Maker

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is a neat gadget that allows you to make popsicles in minutes, rather than hours. You do need to freeze the base in advance, but you can enjoy popsicles almost immediately when you get a craving. The Zoku Ice Cream Bowl is an new innovation from the same company that allows you to make ice cream just as quickly as those ... Read More »

Strawberry, Mint and Lime Shortcakes

Strawberry, Mint and Lime Shortcakes

As soon as strawberries come into season, I start making strawberry shortcakes for dessert. I love the combination of cake or biscuits, whipped cream and strawberries – especially when the strawberries are perfectly ripe and sweet – and it is so easy to make that it is always one of my go-to summertime desserts. Thees Strawberry, Mint and Lime Shortcakes put just a little twist ... Read More »

First Prize Pies

First Prize Pies

While the fall holiday, around Thanksgiving, season tends to be the time of the year that we bake the most pies, there really is no time that is a bad time for a freshly baked pie. Pies are a food that is so easily customized with seasonal fruits (and vegetables) and other ingredients that they can not only be enjoyed year-round, but they can perfectly ... Read More »

S’mores Scones

S'mores Scones

As soon as it gets warm enough to enjoy dinner outdoors, I count that as the start of s’mores season. The combination of toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate and crispy graham crackers is one of my favorites, and once my pantry is stocked up for the season, those ingredients seem to find their way into all kinds of baked goods. These S’mores Scones are a way to ... Read More »

What are conchas?

Mexican Concha

Conchas are a sweet yeast bread roll that can be found in many Mexican markets. The pan dulces, or sweet breads, are named for the shape of their topping, which is applied with a shell-like pattern. The dough used to make these buns is a light yeast dough that is typically enriched with eggs, butter or shortening, and sugar. The bun itself is only lightly ... Read More »

Bourbon-Spiked Treats to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

Mint Julep Sorbet

Mint Juleps are the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, made with bourbon, sugar and mint and served over ice. They’re very refreshing and even tastier than their short ingredient list would suggest. If I’m planning to watch the Derby with friends, I always make sure that I have the ingredients on hand to make some, and I often end up making a bourbon-spiked treat to ... Read More »

Mint Julep Pie

Mint Julep Buttermilk Pie

Mint Juleps are a cocktail that is a tradition at the Kentucky Derby, which is run at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May every year. The drink is made with bourbon, sugar and mint, and served over ice. It’s strong, yet refreshing – and both of those qualities are what make this drink such a hit at a big, festive springtime event like ... Read More »

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