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Buttermilk Pie Crust

Buttermilk Pie Crust

Most pie crusts are made with flour, butter and water, with a pinch of salt and sugar to add a little bit of additional flavor. The three basic ingredients change in proportion from recipe to recipe, but they are rarely replaced. This Buttermilk Pie Crust is a departure from my “usual” pie crust recipe because it uses buttermilk instead of water to bind the ingredients ... Read More »

Donna Bell’s Bake Shop

Donna Bell's Bake Shop

Fans of the hit show NCIS will immediately recognize the face of Pauley Perrette on the cover of Donna Bell’s Bake Shop: Recipes and Stories of Family, Friends, and Food. She plays forensic analyst Abby Sciuto on the show – but what you may not know is that she also owns a popular bakery in New York with her two best friends. Donna Bell’s Bake ... Read More »

Blackberry Galette

Blackberry Galette

Galettes are one of my favorite tarts to bake. Not only are they delicious, but they’re easy to make and don’t require any special equipment because the crust is shaped by hand right on a baking sheet. This Blackberry Galette is a wonderfully easy dessert to make when you find yourself with a few cups of fresh blackberries to use up. The blackberries are wrapped ... Read More »

Tiki Drinks Book Giveaway!

Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar

This summer, my newest cookbook – Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar – was released just in time for the summer entertaining season. The book is packed with delicious rum drinks that are nothing like those overly sweet blended drinks that were popular in the 1970s. They are fresh, modern updates to the drinks that started the original tiki trend back in the ... Read More »

Stoneware Bundt Baking Dish

Stoneware Bundt Baking Dish

If you have a bundt pan in your kitchen, it is probably one made out of cast aluminum that was produced by Nordic Ware. The bundt pan was invented by H. David Dalquist, the founder of Nordic Ware, which has produced well over 50 million pans to date. The signature ring shape of a bundt pan isn’t limited to metal, however, and there are other ... Read More »

No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

For those days that you just don’t feel like baking, there are plenty of no-bake desserts to choose from and this No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake is sure to become a favorite with all the cheesecake-lovers out there. The dessert is incredibly easy to make and uses just a handful of ingredients. In fact, the only thing that might be easier than making this ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Tomorrow (August 20th) is National Lemonade Day. As a lemonade fan, I was feeling a bit inspired by the sweet-tart summer beverage this week and couldn’t resist keeping my eyes out for some lemony baked goods that might pair well with a freshly made batch of lemonade. The Baked Lemon Donuts with Natural Raspberry Glaze from The Little Things capture both the look and the ... Read More »

Coconut & Cinnamon Brown Rice Pudding

Coconut & Cinnamon Brown Rice Pudding

I make rice pudding almost every time I have leftover steamed rice in my refrigerator. Rice pudding is easy-to-make comfort food and it can be flavored in a wide variety of ways, so it never gets boring. The leftover rice in my refrigerator is usually white rice, however there are a few restaurants in my take-out rotation that will throw in an order of brown ... Read More »

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