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What are Lychees?

Lychees

Lychees are one of the more unusual looking fruits that you’ll find in the produce section of your local grocery store. They are small – usually smaller than a golf ball – have a rough, bright pink rind covering a tender, white flesh. The rind is thin and can be peeled away from the flesh of the fruit easily, then the fruit itself can be ... Read More »

Mexican Street Corn Cornbread

Mexican Street Corn Cornbread

Elote, or Mexican grilled street corn, is one of my favorite summer foods. You start with fresh corn on the cob, grill it then top it with mayonnaise, peppers and fresh cotija cheese. It is an amazing blend of sweet, savory and spicy flavors that I will serve up any chance I can get. After baking a batch of cornbread to pair with some homemade ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Summertime puts me in the mood for cool refreshing treats, like popsicles and sorbets. Minimalist Baker came up with a Raspberry Coconut Mango Sorbet that is a sure way to beat the heat on a warm day. This tropical dessert is made with fresh mangoes and raspberries, which are blended with full fat coconut milk and sugar to give it a sweet and creamy finish. ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut, reviewed

Trader Joe's Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut

In the baking aisle, the most commonly found coconut is sweetened, shredded coconut. This soft, fluffy coconut is and was the gold standard for baking. But it isn’t the only coconut option out there. Trader Joe’s recently added an Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut to their line of baking products and it’s an affordable and easy-to-find alternative to the traditional sweetened stuff. This coconut is made ... Read More »

Buttercream Dreams: Small Cakes, Big Scoops, and Sweet Treats

Buttercream Dreams: Small Cakes, Big Scoops, and Sweet Treats

There is nothing like a cupcake to perk you up on a day when you’re feeling a big down – or put an even bigger smile on your face when you’re already having a good day! Though cupcakes were certainly a trendy food in the past couple of years, these little cakes aren’t just a flash in the pan. Everyone loves a good cupcake and ... Read More »

Strawberry Clafoutis

Strawberry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a wonderful dessert to bake when you have fresh fruit in the kitchen. The classic French dessert is halfway between a custard and a cake in consistency, with the slice-ability of a cake and the eggy richness of a custard. Clafoutis are traditionally made with cherries, but can be made with any type of fruit, including pears, plums and strawberries. This Strawberry Clafoutis ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Baked Beans

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Baked Beans

Baked beans are a wonderful addition to just about any barbecue or cookout. They pair well with everything from roast chicken to hot dogs – and everything in between. Most of us eat baked beans that come out of a can, though occasionally we dress them up by adding in a few additional ingredients, such as peppers or bacon. If you have a lot of ... Read More »

Banana Rum Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze

Banana Rum Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze

When you taste a lot of rum, you begin to realize that it has a lot of complexity to it – just like wine, beer and coffee do, if you take a bit of extra time to learn what you’re looking for. While rums are made from molasses and sugar cane juice, the region where the sugar cane was grown, as well as both the ... Read More »

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