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Have We Reached the Pumpkin Spice Peak?

Have We Reached the Pumpkin Spice Peak?

Fall has always been a season of pumpkin, apples and spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger are used in so many fall favorites that we have come to associate them with the holiday season every time we taste them. Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices that uses these very spices. It’s a handy ingredient to have in the kitchen because it really streamlines ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter

Pumpkin pie spice is everywhere this time of year. It is in your coffee, in your pancakes and in your desserts. While I’ve encountered plenty of pumpkin spice products that don’t quite work for me, I’ve also had many that turn out to be so delicious that I wonder why it took us so long to give them a try. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Ghost Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Ghost Cake Pan

Halloween is a holiday where it is fun to go over-the-top with decorations, whether you’re covering your house with fake spiderwebs, stocking up on dry ice to give your punch a spooky look or plugging in a motion-activated zombie to hide in the front yard and scare trick-or-treaters. You can easily put some of the holiday spirit into your baking by making good use of ... Read More »

Apple and Red Grape Crisp

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I often have grapes in my kitchen, along with fruits like apples, bananas and citrus. While the latter fruits find there way into baked goods on a regular basis, I don’t usually bake with my grapes. Grapes are actually very easy to bake with. They become wonderfully sweet when they are roasted in the oven as the sugars inside of the skins concentrate. Unlike berries, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Pumpkin bread is now in season and I’m always on the lookout for delicious variations on the standard recipe. Flour and Fancy has a recipe for Brown Butter Honey Pumpkin Bread that sounds like it would be a great addition to any fall baking lineup. The loaf is sweetened with both honey and sugar, with the honey adding flavor as well as sweetness to the ... Read More »

Judging at the 2015 LA County Fair: Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest!

LA County Fair Judging

Last weekend, I had the honor of serving as a judge out at the Los Angeles County Fair. There are a huge number of cooking and baking contests held at the fair every year, from barbecue to brownies to cake decorating. Some of the contests offer up only bragging rights and brightly colored ribbons, while others offer additional prizes. The Gold Medal Flour Cookie contest ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Croque Monsieurs

Homemade Croque Monsieurs

A croque monsieur is a classic French dish: a grilled ham and cheese sandwich topped with a layer of creamy b├ęchamel sauce. Adding that sauce – and subsequently toasting the whole sandwich under the broiler for a few minutes – is what takes this sandwich from good to great. While you might think of ham sandwiches as a lunch item, these are hearty enough to ... Read More »

Small Batch Pumpkin Pie Bars

Small Batch Pumpkin Pie Bars

I love pumpkin pie, but I find that I am – perhaps unsurprisingly – typically unable to eat an entire pumpkin pie by myself and need several people to share one with. During the holidays, it is not difficult to find a few people willing to share in a slice or two of pie, but it is a different story in the weeks leading up ... Read More »

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