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The Best Pumpkins for Baking

Sugar pumpkin and regular pumpkin

Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, and during the fall it seems like every single one of them is on display at the grocery store. There are large pumpkins for carving, oddly shaped and colored pumpkins for decorating and smaller pumpkins for cooking. Canned pumpkin is what most of us rely on for baking, since it is so convenient, but you can use fresh ... Read More »

How to Thicken Frosting

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

Most of the time, when we think of frosting, we think of something sweet with a thick, smooth and spreadable consistency. Frosting can be very thin, like a glaze, when you want to drizzle a little extra something over the top of a bundt cake, but we usually want a thicker frosting for topping our cupcakes and layer cakes. The exact consistency of frosting will ... Read More »

Sign up for ‘Build A Better Food Blog’, a Baking Bites Workshop!

New School Catalog

Calling all Los Angeles area foodies – have you signed up for my food blogging workshop yet? If you are a food blogger or thinking about starting your own blog, you should definitely attend Build a Better Food Blog. The class is going to be held on October 4th from 7-10 pm at the New School of Cooking in Culver City.   The workshop is designed to give you some insight ... Read More »

Chai Spice Apple Crisp

Chai Spice Apple Crumble

I find that I use a lot more spice in my baking during the fall and winter months. This is partly because spices are so warming, and partly because you don’t quite get that same variety of fresh fruits that you do during the summer and spices are a good alternative when it comes to mixing up the flavors in a recipe. I like to ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

There is never a shortage of recipes to choose from for Bites from other Blogs, and there were so many delicious sounding treats out there that it was hard to pick a theme to work with this time around. This is more of a grab bag of delicious sounding recipes that I could eat any time – and you probably could, too! The S’mores Cookies ... Read More »

‘Lette Macarons, Beverly Hills

'Lette Macarons Packaging

‘Lette Macarons is a macaron boutique based in Los Angeles. It was started by Paulette Koumetz – who the shop is named after – and chef Christophe Michala, and the intention was to bring quality French macarons to Los Angeles. The first shop and bakery opened in 2007 in Beverly Hills and that store is still there, selling macarons by the dozen to fans everyday. ... Read More »

Williams Sonoma Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Williams-Sonoma Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Halloween is one of the most fun holidays to decorate for. The decorations can be silly or spooky, as simple as placing a few candy corn on top of a cupcake or as elaborate as baking a cake in the shape of a skull. I am always on the lookout for new ways to add a little excitement to my Halloween decorations and these Williams ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Blondies

Halloween Snickerdoodle Blondies

I strongly associate flavors like cinnamon, ginger and cloves with the fall because they are the main ingredients in pumpkin pie spice, which features in a lot of my recipes around this time of year. And I’m not the only one who uses those flavors more in the fall than other times of the year. Starbucks makes a Pumpkin Spice Latte and Mars even makes ... Read More »

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