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Igloo and snowman pans

shaped winter cakes

Shaped, holiday pans can be tough for a baker to resist, but let’s face it: how many times can you make a Santa-shaped cake? The window of opportunity to use a cake pan like that is very small, even if it does make an ideal cake for a Christmas Eve party. In terms of practicality, it is much more useful to have a pan that will ... Read More »

Cranberry, Feta and Avocado Salad

festive looking greens

Hearty and hot foods, from roasts and stews to soup, are definitely the order of the day during the winter. They warm us up and give us enough energy to fight the cold when we have to go outdoors. Of course, here in Southern California the cold that I’m fighting is nowhere near the cold elsewhere in the country, so I like to mix in ... Read More »

Gingerbread Cookie Contest Winners!

lisapeet's winning gingerbread cookies

The Baking Bites Gingerbread Cookie Contest is now at an end. Entries closed on the 18th and we now have a winner! Reader lisapeet’s Happy Puppy Xmas Cookies – each featuring a Santa-hat clad puppy in honor of her dog Milo – are taking the grand prize. They almost look too good to eat! Congrats lisapeet! I want to give a huge, huge thank you ... Read More »

Orange and Pecan Sugar Cookies

pecan cookies and blood oranges

For just about every holiday, there are some flavors that just seem to naturally fit right into the overall feel of the season. Christmas in particular has a lot of flavors associated with it, as families often stick with the same traditional foods year after year. Cranberry Orange bread is a staple not only for my family, but for lots and lots of the people ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Would it be possible to get another couple of weeks added to the holiday season? Everyone on the blogs is baking like crazy and I know that I’m not the only one who could use extra time to try recipes. And a couple extra days to finish up my holiday shopping wouldn’t hurt either… Garrett from Vanilla Garlicis guest blogging some great cookie recipes at ... Read More »

Tips for shipping holiday baked goods

ready to ship!

Baked goods are fantastic gifts during the holidays. They’re always well-received at parties and gatherings and while they’re fun and often easy to make, they don’t quite offer the convenience of a store bought gift – especially if you want to ship off your present to friends or family that don’t live locally. To do this, not only do you need an idea of what treat you want to make, ... Read More »

Check out the gingerbread gallery!

Today is the last day to get your entries in for the Baking Bites Gingerbread Cookie Contest. Judging will begin after midnight, so you still have a couple of hours to work on your cookies if you haven’t entered yet! And whether you’re going to actively participate or not, please take a few minutes to check out the mouthwatering and creative submissions at the contest ... Read More »

Foodie Gift Idea: Personalized Chef Jacket

custom chef's jacket

Let’s face it: most of us at-home chefs and bakers don’t have much use for a chef’s jacket. Most of the people I know don’t even bother with an apron (unless it’s a really cute one), relying instead on a conveniently placed kitchen towel or two. But if you love to cook, there is something undeinably appealing about a chef’s jacket. They look good and ... Read More »

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