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Bites from other Blogs

Blueberries are starting to come into season and that means that I’m starting to see blueberry recipes everywhere – including here, with my Blueberry Lavender Muffins. Blueberries are typically a great choice for year-round baking because they work well fresh or frozen, but fresh blueberries are always fantastic to work with and these recipes should give you some berry-filled inspiration for putting them to good ... Read More »

Chicago Metallic Marshmallow Pan, reviewed

Marshmallow Pan

I always enjoy having a batch of fresh, homemade marshmallows around the kitchen for snacking and hot chocolate emergencies. Marshmallows are easy to make – especially if you have a stand mixer to speed the process along – but getting them to look picture perfect is a little bit tricky. The marshmallow mixture needs to be molded while it is still warm, preferably in something ... Read More »

Wilton Spoon Cookie Pan

Wilton Spoon Cookie Pan

Dipping a freshly baked cookie in a glass of milk, or into a mug of coffee or tea is one of life’s little pleasures. You might want to pair chocolate chip cookies with milk and save the biscotti for tea, but there is no wrong way to mix and match cookies with beverages. The hardest part about such a pairing is often getting the cookie ... Read More »

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is one of those desserts that often looks better than it tastes. The pineapple topping can be too sweet and the cake portion can be too dense and heavy. As a pineapple fan, I always want to like it, but it often lets me down and makes me turn to other pineapple desserts instead. I decided that I would give Pineapple ... Read More »

Glorious Layered Desserts

Glorious Layered Desserts

Great desserts, like great dishes, should be crafted with layers of flavor. In some cases, this means adding lots of subtle elements that combine into one standout finished product. In other cases, this idea is taken more literally and desserts are constructed with actual layers of flavor and texture. These layered desserts are a lot of fun both to make and to eat, and in ... Read More »

Skillet Berry Crisp

Skillet Berry Cobbler

Fruit cobblers and crisps are low maintenence desserts where fruit can be the star of the show. I make them year-round using frozen fruit, but I make them a little bit more often during the summer when my kitchen is well-stocked with fresh fruits and berries. The only drawback to fruit crisp is that it is a dessert that needs to be baked in the ... Read More »

A Visit to Panera Bread’s Small Batch Bakery

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The sign that says Panera Bread outside the Church Street bakery in New Haven, Connecticut, is relatively small, and if you don’t look up when you walk in, you might just miss it and think that you walked into the wrong store. This is because the inside of the store doesn’t look like the rest of the Panera Breads that you’ve seen and it has ... Read More »

Homemade Auga de Jamaica

Homemade Jamaica

Agua frescas, or “fresh waters”, are one of my favorite types of drinks to cool down with on a hot day. The drinks are made with fruits, flowers, grains or seeds that are blended with sugar and water to create a refreshing beverage. Horchata is just one example of this type of beverage, and it is a staple at most of the Mexican restaurants I ... Read More »

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