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I’ve been using up a double batch of leftover cranberry sauce gradually, as a side and in turkey sandwiches. Cooking by the Seat of My Pants used some cranberry sauce as dessert in White Chocolate Mousse Tartelets with Cranberry Compote. The tart shells are phyllo and can be homemade or storebought, and the white chocolate mousse is easier than you might think – but just ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers 2008

┬áThis is the Baking Bites 2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers – about time, too, since there are only a few weeks of shopping left before Christmas and Hanukkah begin! If you like to bake or spend time in the kitchen, you might use these as inspiration for your wish list. And if you have a baker in the family and simply like to munch ... Read More »

Gingerbread Kids Apron & Mitt Set

Holiday Cupcake Contest

Any kind of cookie can be a Christmas cookie if you bake it during December, but the most Christmasy cookies are the kind that are cut out with cookie cutters and decorated by hand, whether with frosting or with sprinkles and candy. The Christmas cookie season is one time of year when the whole family can get involved in the kitchen, largely because even the ... Read More »

Mocha Sandwich Cookies

Mocha Sandwich Cookies

Some of the most famous sandwich cookies – like Oreos, for instance – contrast the flavors in their cookies and their fillings, aiming for a balanced cookie. But to deliver the most flavor bite-for-bite, I like to put the same flavors into the sandwiching cookies and the sandwiched filling. These Mocha Sandwich Cookies follow this structure. The sandwiches have chocolate wafers, flavored with some instant ... Read More »

Jacques Torres’ A Year in Chocolate

Jacques Torres' A Year in Chocolate

While you don’t need a special occasion to eat chocolate, having chocolate on hand for a special occasion never hurts. Jacques Torres’ A Year in Chocolate, the newest cookbook from the master chocolatier and pastry chef, divides up a year by holidays, seasons and special occasions and provides chocolate recipes to go with each. There are over 150 recipes for everything occasion, from Christmas o ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Homemade Marshmallows

Milk Chocolate Covered Homemade Marshmallows

One way to take homemade marshmallows to the next level – aside from flavoring them creatively – is to dip them in chocolate, turning the light and fluffy candies into a more substantial snack. There are a couple of potential pitfalls that you can encounter when using chocolate, however, and it might not be best to simply melt some chocolate and dunk in the marshmallow. ... Read More »

Coconut Cream Pie Oatmeal

Coconut Cream Pie Oatmeal

The colder the weather gets, the more appealing the idea of starting the day with something warming is, and nothing is quite as warm and satisfying as a hot bowl of oatmeal (hot coffee is a year round staple, naturally). Maple syrup or brown sugar are all I really need to make a bowl of oatmeal perfectly enjoyable, but when I have the chance I ... Read More »

What did you have for Thanksgiving?

Turkey Dinner aftermath

I know that the morning after Thanksgiving, the last thing I am interested in doing is settling down to work. I’m still thinking about – not to mention digesting – a huge dinner. I made up a meal based on the recipes I’ve posted in the past few weeks, including turkey, stuffing – not dressing – and mashed potatoes. The truth is that I’ve actually ... Read More »

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