4th of July Food Ideas

Red, White and Blue Cupcake

The 4th of July falls on a Friday this year, which means that there is a whole, long weekend to celebrate both summer and Independence Day. I tend to envision picnics and barbecues for the 4th because they’ve always been a bit of a tradition for me. It’s a great way to hang out with friends, enjoy some (hopefully!) good weather and have a good ... Read More »

Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies

Every election year, Good Housekeeping magazine runs a little article featuring favorite cookie recipes of the two potential first ladies. Readers are usually encouraged to try them and put a vote up for their favorite, like a little cookie election. I think it’s a cute idea and, while some of the commenters on the recipes on the GH website get a little fanatical about their ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

If the book I mentioned earlier this week, Pops! Ice Treats for Everyone piqued your interest in frozen treats, you will definitely want to check out the Mojito Pops at Erin Cooks. The recipe comes from that very book. It uses lots of fresh lime juice, club soda, mint and rum, just like the original cocktail, giving them a bright and grownup flavor – especially ... Read More »

Thai-Inspired Peanut Noodle Salad

Thai-Inspired Peanut Noodle Salad

Pasta salad is a staple food in the summer. This type of dish is easy to make, can always be made ahead and there are an almost infinite number of variations out there for it. It’s great to take to a barbecue or picnic, but because they keep for a couple of days are served cold, they’re also something that you can keep in the ... Read More »

What is cream of tartar?

cream of tartar

Cream of tartar, more technically known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, is a fine white powder with many culinary applications. It is a byproduct of the winemaking process as the powder forms inside wine barrels during fermentation. It comes from tartaric acid, a naturally occurring substance in grapes and some other tart fruits that in the principle acid in winemaking. It helps to help control the ... Read More »

Summer Peach Cobbler

Summer Peach Cobbler

As a kid, I wasn’t a big fan of peaches. I didn’t care for the fuzzy skin or the way that I always managed to end up with either a tart and underripe peach or a mealy overripe one. Then, quite by accident, I came across white peaches and my opinion of the peach changed entirely. White peaches (or summerwhite peaches) have lighter colored flesh ... Read More »

A Passion for Ice Cream

A Passion for Ice Cream

Hot summer weather and cold desserts – what could be a better combination? There isn’t a simple answer to that question because it depends on personal preference (apple pie a la mode is awfully good competition!) and whether or not you have a copy of A Passion for Ice Cream, which is packed with recipes for chilly desserts. The cookbook is all about ice cream ... Read More »

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes, up close and personal

I love baking for parties. Primarily this is because I like getting feedback from big groups of people, friends and family on any baked goods that I make because I often like to try out new recipes on these occasions. It’s also fun to bake large quantities of food, or to decorate extra-large cakes from time to time. The only challenge – aside from deciding ... Read More »

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