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Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States

When I travel, I always have an eye out for local specialties. Sometimes those specialties are include a fairly broad category, such as a particular style of barbecue that is served at many restaurants in the region, but other times those specialties are a lot more specific, such as a certain ice cream flavor at a local ice cream shop. Ice cream is always one ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make A Great Margarita

How to Make A Great Margarita, Two Ways

Margaritas are a crowd pleasing cocktail, whether you’re enjoying them with friends at your favorite Mexican restaurant or mixing up a pitcher to enjoy at a backyard cookout. A good margarita is simple – made with just tequila, lime, sugar and orange liqueur – and flavorful, but can be hard to get a good one because it is easy to mess up that simple formula. ... Read More »

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

You probably have a variety of condiments in your refrigerator right now. At the very least, there are probably a few jars of mustard, a few bottles of sriracha or other hot sauces and some ketchup. Condiments like these are not items that we usually think of making from scratch, but it is possible to make each and every one of them – and the ... Read More »

Blue Ribbon Reuben Spam Roll-Ups

Ruben Spam Rollups

Everyone has a different reaction when they think about Spam. If you grew up in Hawaii, for instance, Spam might very well be a beloved favorite that you eat several times a week. Hawaii has the highest Spam consumption rate in the country and it has been a staple since WWII, when GIs brought over lots of shelf-stable products that could handle the long trip ... Read More »

Wilton Decorator’s Choice Yellow Cake Mix, reviewed

Wilton Decorator's Choice Yellow Cake Mix

I’ve tried all kinds of cake mixes over the years, both regular and premium mixes. The premium mixes tend to be delicious, but they also tend to be so time consuming (and often so expensive) that you may as well just make a cake from scratch. When I use a mix, I want to save time and still end up with a delicious cake, so ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Square Bundt Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Square Bundt Cake Pan

Bundt cakes are instantly recognizable due to their unique shape. The ring-shaped cakes are baked in fluted pans that have a central tube rising up from the center of the mold. The central tube helps the cake batter to cook evenly, though the pans are typically very deep. Bundt cakes can come with many different designs, though most feature ridges or grooves of some sort, ... Read More »

No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint chocolate chip has been one of my favorite ice cream flavors since I was a child. I will admit that I have many more favorite flavors than I did back then, but mint chocolate chip is still in the top ten. I like the way that the mint flavor adds a refreshing not to the ice cream, making it seem even more cooling as ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Mint Juleps are the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, but they’re not the only Derby-worthy treat that you can make and enjoy this weekend while you watch horses like American Pharoah, Dortmund and Upstart make their run for the roses. The Speckled Palate Mini Derby Pies are bite sized and perfect for a party. The pies start with a cream cheese dough that is ... Read More »

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