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Vin Santo is an Italian dessert wine made from grapes that are dried, pressed, fermented and aged into a very sweet and distinctive spirit. Noble Pig‘s Grape and Vin Santo Cakes is a great way to showcase its unique flavor, as the sweet and buttery cakes include whole grapes, in addition to a generous amount of Vin Santo, that play up the grapey flavors in ... Read More »

Chill iced tea with frozen fruit

The principle behind iced tea is simple: make hot tea and serve it cold. Unfortunately, getting a good batch of iced tea is not always as easy as it sounds. It’s easy to over-steep the tea, making it bitter, and it is equally easy to over dilute it with ice, leaving you with a less-than-refreshing drink. I find that the best way to make iced ... Read More »

Write-On Glassware

Write-On Glassware

I like to make lists, whether they’re grocery lists, lists of recipes that I want to work on or lists of friends I haven’t delivered baked goods to in a while. It is always over the first cup of coffee in the morning that things start to come into focus and I tend to write on what’s available at the moment; just like remembering a ... Read More »

Blueberry Milk Chocolate Muffins

Blueberry Milk Chocolate Muffins

I recently tried a new chocolate bar from Dove, the Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate with Blueberries and Almonds bar. The blueberries in the chocolate bar were dried, so they weren’t entirely dissimilar from chocolate with dried cranberries or cherries, but unlike those other fruits, I didn’t really expect to find blueberries in a chocolate bar! Needless to say, the flavor combination worked well and the ... Read More »

Baking with Julia

Baking with Julia

Baking with Julia is a compendium of nearly 200 recipes from some of the best known bakers in the worlds, experts in their areas of bread and pastry. It’s a companion to the PBS TV show of the same name, where each of these contributing bakers made an appearance and not only shared their recipes with Julia Child, but gave on-camera demos of the techniques ... Read More »

Homemade Orange Julius

An Orange Julius is a frothy cold orange juice drink that tastes kind of like a creamsicle, except much lighter and much better. The company that makes them – also named Orange Julius – has been making these drinks since 1926. I remember getting so excited when I was a little kid and saw an Orange Julius stand. Absolutely nothing was more refreshing on a ... Read More »

Coconut Almond Granola

Coconut Almond Granola

I really like having a batch of granola around the house for snacking, and topping off yogurts and ice cream. I almost always use my recipe for Mix-n-Match Applesauce Granola. As the name suggests, it’s a versatile recipe that you can use many different kinds of flavors in, changing the nuts, fruits and the spices to suit your mood and tastebuds every time you make ... Read More »

CI’s chocolate chip taste test

In the May/June 2009 issue of Cook’s Illustrated, the magazine staff took on the challenge of rating various brands of chocolate chips to try and find the very best for making chocolate chips cookies. In the test, they looked for brands that had a good chocolate flavor and a good amount of cocoa butter in them. Many brands of chocolate chips – especially when you ... Read More »

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