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Strawberry Shortbread

Strawberry Shortbread

Shortbread is a cookie that never wears out its welcome in my kitchen, probably because I love butter so much. A good shortbread recipe uses plenty of butter and allows that butter flavor to come through in the finished cookies. In addition to showcasing butter, shortbread is also an excellent canvas on which to play with other flavors because the cookies are so simple. In ... Read More »

The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook

The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook

Hot Bread Kitchen is a New York-based bakery that trains low income immigrants from all over the world in how to become financially independent through a baking career. The bakery started training women – many of whom grew up baking traditional breads, as well as preparing other traditional foods, in their home countries – in language, business and professional kitchen skills and grew from there ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: 15 Essential Spices for Your Pantry

Baking Bites for Craftsy: 15 Essential Spices for Your Pantry

Your spice collection is one of the most important tools that you can have in your kitchen because it allows you to make such a wide variety of delicious foods, both sweet and savory, on a daily basis. My spice cabinet is loaded with spices, but the truth is that I don’t need all of them. There is a core group of spices that most ... Read More »

Coconut Mocha

Homemade Coconut Mocha Coffee Drink

Chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite combinations – after chocolate and coffee, of course. Starbucks and other coffee chains tend to put coconut on their spring and summer menus, when consumers are in the mood for a cold beverage with a tropical flair. While I enjoy coconut mocha frappuccinos, I also enjoy hot coconut mochas. Fortunately, they’re easy to make at home, so ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Oh Sweet Day‘s Coconut Banana Cream Pie combines the flavors of two popular cream pies into one delicious dessert. The pie recipe starts with a tender toasted coconut crust that is baked and cooled while the filling is prepared. The crust could go with many different fillings, but pairs perfectly with this banana cream. The filling is made with whipped cream and cream cheese, so ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Funfetti Cake

Valentine's Day Funfetti Cake

Funfetti cakes have been one of my favorite types of cake for celebrations for years. The colorful cakes are easy to make and never fail to put smiles on the faces of anyone being served a slice. They’re typically made with rainbow sprinkles, but by using holiday-specific sprinkles, you can tailor your funfetti cakes to suit any occasion. This Valentine’s Day Funfetti Cake is made ... Read More »

What is chicory?

Cafe du Monde Coffee with Chicory

Chicory is a root that can be roasted, ground and brewed like coffee and, in some parts of the world, is combined with coffee to make a unique breakfast beverage. In the US, New Orleans is a city that is known for the combination of coffee and chicory, but that pairing traces back to the city’s French roots. Chicory came into popular usage in France ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Beehive Cakelet Pan

Nordic Ware Beehive Cakelet Pan

I love mini cakes of all shapes and sizes and own a wide variety of specialty pans that allow me to make them, even if I usually stick to the most widely available mini cake pans (muffin pans, for instance) for most of the recipes I share here. Most cake and muffin recipes can be easily adapted to mini cake pans by tweaking the baking ... Read More »

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