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Bites from other Blogs

Game day snacks are usually bite sized, things that can be prepared in advance and served throughout a big game like the Super Bowl. Some people lean sweet and some people lean savory, but the truth is that game day snacks can and should be both. This week, I kept my eyes peeled for sweet and savory things that might be great at the game ... Read More »

How to Roast and Skin Hazelnuts

Roasted Hazelnuts

Toasted nuts almost always taste better than untoasted nuts, whether you’re eating them as-is or incorporating them into a recipe. They have a crisper texture and a more pronounced nuttiness, with less of the vegetal notes that some raw nuts can have. Toasting hazelnuts makes them especially delicious because it gives them a much better texture and brings out a butteriness that compliments their nuttiness ... Read More »

Hershey’s Spreads Gift Pack Giveaway! (closed)

Hershey's Spreads

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been eating my way through a few jars of the new Hershey’s Spreads, a line of creamy, spreadable chocolate products and that are similar to Nutella but are available in a wider variety of flavors. Hershey’s Spreads come in three flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate with Almonds and Chocolate with Hazelnuts. Each of the spreads has its own distinct flavor, though they share ... Read More »

Baci di Dama

Baci di Dama, close up

Baci di Dama is a type of Italian cookie that is perfect for romantics. The name means “Lady’s Kisses,” and probably comes from the fact that these bite-sized cookies are simple, sweet and satisfying. The cookies are a kind of hazelnut shortbread sandwich cookies that are filled with dollops of chocolate that add a little extra richness to the cookies and hold the halves together. ... Read More »

From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

Late in the fall of 1993, the Food Network first went on the air with a handful of shows. The new cable network was brought about because a handful of people believed that there was a market for food-related programming on TV – both because people liked to cook and because there were lots of advertisers out there that had food and home products to ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Chocolate truffles are an indulgence that I don’t just save for Valentine’s Day. They’re easy to make and homemade truffles are almost always more delicious than truffles that you can buy in a store – especially if you start out with great chocolate to begin with. These Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are a variation on a classic chocolate truffle that includes a hint of toasted ... Read More »

Coffee and Kahlua Brownie Bites

Coffee and Kahlua Brownie Bites

A bottle of Kahlua or Homemade Vanilla Coffee Liqueur is a great thing to have around the kitchen. This is partly because you can use it to make yourself a tasty cocktail, but it is also because it provides a wonderful way to infuse coffee flavor into baked goods like cakes and brownies. Liqueurs are spirits that are sweetened and flavored, and like vanilla extract, ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Rates Metal Baking Pans

Goldtouch Pan

There are a number of pans that every baker should have in the kitchen and one of them is a 9×13-inch rectangular baking pan. This type of pan is very versatile and can be used for everything from sheet cakes to lasagna, from baking a pan of bar cookies to building a water bath for a cheesecake. This style of pan can be made of ... Read More »

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