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Marbled, Swirled, and Layered

Marbled, Swirled, and Layered

When I first met Irvin Lin, it was quite a few years ago and he was relatively new to the food blogging world. I liked him immediately and found him to be a wonderfully creative and inspiring guy. Though we should have stayed in closer touch than we did – as often happens when friends live in different cities – I was extremely pleased when ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Pumpkin spice is a blend of spices that is often used in pumpkin desserts, though the spice mix itself contains no pumpkin. It is made with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, complimented with other spices like cardamom and allspice. Instead of adding it to pumpkin puree, as I would when making a pie, I added it to pumpkin seeds (pepitas) to make a sweet and ... Read More »

Pumpkin Madeleines

Pumpkin Madeleines

I have a couple of madeleine pans and don’t put them to good use often enough. As much as I like the delicate teacakes, I find that I stick to the same recipe time after time when I make them. It’s a good recipeĀ that you can’t go wrong with, but sometimes I need a little push to get me out of a baking rut. The ... Read More »

CHiP Smart Cookie Oven is an Easy Bake for Cookie-Loving Adults

CHiP Smart Cookie Oven is an Easy Bake for Adults

I loved using my Easy Bake Oven as a kid. Even though the lightbulb-powered oven perpetually underbaked anything that you put inside of it, it was fun and incredibly satisfying to use. And I didn’t really mind that my cakes, cookies and other desserts were underdone at the time. If the convenience of small batch cookie baking still appeals to you enough that you want ... Read More »

Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri is named after author Ernest Hemingway. The story goes that Hemingway, living in Havana at the time, ducked into the El Floridita bar and asked the bartender for a daiquiri with no sugar and double the rum. The bar was known for its signature drink, a twist on a basic daiquiri (the basic recipe uses only rum, lime juice and sugar) that ... Read More »

New Belgium Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

New Belgium Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

While beer can be incorporated into baked goods like beer breadsĀ and even chocolate cakes, beer and baked goods don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. I would say that I see more wine pairings with desserts and spirit-infused baked goods than I do similar pairings with beer. This particular beer, however, brings baked goods to the beer and not the other way around. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ... Read More »

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

There are two main kinds of buttercream frostings: cooked and uncooked. The uncooked buttercream is also known as American buttercream, and it is made simply by beating butter and confectioners’ sugar (along with milk and flavorings) until it is thick and creamy. The cooked buttercreams start with a hot meringue, which has butter (and flavorings) beaten into it after it has cooled. The meringue-based buttercreams ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Timeline

Turkey Dinner

Thanksgiving is the biggest meal that most of us will plan, cook and eat all year round (though other holiday meals come very close). It takes a lot of planning to buy all the ingredients you need, to prep everything and to get it all to the table on time. Thanksgiving preparations don’t need to be stressful just simply because the holiday is a busy ... Read More »

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