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Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood orange season typically runs from December through March, but this year I had a few oranges that tenaciously hung onto the tree branches until late spring and I could only think of one way to celebrate the last oranges of the season: Blood Orange Margaritas. These drinks get their vivid red color from fresh blood orange juice, which makes them really stand out if ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Scone Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Scone Mix, reviewed

Some scone mixes require you to add cream. Others require you to cut in butter and add additional ingredients, which is one step away from making scones from scratch (which will likely be less expensive than using the “mix” consindering how much you have to add in yourself). The easiest scone mixes require nothing but water and Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Scone Mix falls into ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

A slice of Cappuccino Marble Cheesecake with Fudge Sauce is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about eating a little bit lighter, but Taming of the Spoon was able to lighten this decadent cheesecake a little bit by using reduced fat cream cheese. The cheesecake doesn’t feel any less rich, but you might find that you feel a little ... Read More »

What is clear vanilla?

Clear Vanilla Extract

There is more than one type of vanilla flavoring on the market. There is vanilla extract, which is made by macerating vanilla beans in an alcohol solution to extract the beans’ natural flavors, and there is imitation or artificial vanilla extract, which is produced with synthetic vanillin, the same compound that is naturally found in vanilla beans. You can also find alcohol-free vanilla flavorings, if you want to ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Pinata Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Pinata Cake Pan

A pinata cake is a cake that has a surprise inside, just like the pinatas that you might find hanging up at a kids birthday party. The cakes are constructed to have a hollow space in the center and that space is filled with sprinkles, candies or chocolates, which come spilling out when the cake is sliced. It’s a fantastic effect to show off at ... Read More »

PB&J Whoopie Pies

PB&J Whoopie Pie

Soft, cake-like whoopie pies are so much fun to eat that they make me feel like a kid again – even though I didn’t really eat whoopie pies as a kid. That sense comes from the fact that whoopie pies are finger food and are often a bit mess to eat, as filling ineviatably squishes out from one side or the other and gets onto ... Read More »

Dulce de Leche Creme Brûlée

Dulce De Leche Creme Brulee

Dulce de leche is an amazing milk-based caramel sauce that is very popular in Latin and South American countries, though it is found in many different countries throughout the world. It is very sweet and very rich, with a distinct flavor of caramelized milk that really sets it apart from other caramel sauces. It’s delicious and it’s addictive. It can be tempting to eat it ... Read More »

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