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First Prize Pies

First Prize Pies

While the fall holiday, around Thanksgiving, season tends to be the time of the year that we bake the most pies, there really is no time that is a bad time for a freshly baked pie. Pies are a food that is so easily customized with seasonal fruits (and vegetables) and other ingredients that they can not only be enjoyed year-round, but they can perfectly ... Read More »

S’mores Scones

S'mores Scones

As soon as it gets warm enough to enjoy dinner outdoors, I count that as the start of s’mores season. The combination of toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate and crispy graham crackers is one of my favorites, and once my pantry is stocked up for the season, those ingredients seem to find their way into all kinds of baked goods. TheseĀ S’mores Scones are a way to ... Read More »

What are conchas?

Mexican Concha

Conchas are a sweet yeast bread roll that can be found in many Mexican markets. The pan dulces, or sweet breads, are named for the shape of their topping, which is applied with a shell-like pattern. The dough used to make these buns is a light yeast dough that is typically enriched with eggs, butter or shortening, and sugar. The bun itself is only lightly ... Read More »

Bourbon-Spiked Treats to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

Mint Julep Sorbet

Mint JulepsĀ are the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, made with bourbon, sugar and mint and served over ice. They’re very refreshing and even tastier than their short ingredient list would suggest. If I’m planning to watch the Derby with friends, I always make sure that I have the ingredients on hand to make some, and I often end up making a bourbon-spiked treat to ... Read More »

Mint Julep Pie

Mint Julep Buttermilk Pie

Mint Juleps are a cocktail that is a tradition at the Kentucky Derby, which is run at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May every year. The drink is made with bourbon, sugar and mint, and served over ice. It’s strong, yet refreshing – and both of those qualities are what make this drink such a hit at a big, festive springtime event like ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

The first week in May is marked by two occasions for celebration, the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Both events have their own traditions and plenty of food associated with them. Here is just a small sampling of ideas to kick off your own Derby or Cinco de Mayo planning: You can kick off race day with some Kentucky Derby horse head cookies, thanks ... Read More »

Wilton Spray-N-Seal Crumb Sealing Spray

Spray n' Seal

When you are making a layer cake, one of the most important steps in decorating it is applying a crumb coat. The crumb coat is a very thin layer of icing that you cover the entire cake with, and the purpose is to contain any crumbs that might have come loose as a result of leveling the cake layers or might otherwise be sitting on ... Read More »

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