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Easy French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

I like to make soup frequently in the winter. Not only is it warm and comforting, but it also gives me an extra outlet for freshly-baked breads, since just about every soup is better with a bit of bread dipped into it. French onion soup is one soup that bread is essential to because the traditional way to finish off the soup is with a ... Read More »

The best frozen apple pie and key lime pie

cr's frozen pies

Sometimes there just isn’t time to bake a pie from scratch during the holidays. Company is coming, your family is traveling, or you’ve cooked so much other stuff that you’re simply not interested in starting another project. At times like this, you can buy a pie or other dessert from a favorite bakery, or you can buy¬† frozen pie and stick it in the oven ... Read More »

Coffee Cake Pancakes

Coffee Cake Streusel

A good streusel topping is hard to resist. It’s one of the things that makes coffee cakes so popular, and can turn a good muffin into a great one – or at least turn it into one that looks a little more decadent. I’m sure that this is what IHOP was banking on when they introduced some “limited time only” Coffee Cake Pancakes to their ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

If you didn’t see enough candy to last for a while after Halloween, you might want to take a peek at Swirl and Scramble‘s Nutmeg & Orange Praline Truffles. These truffles are loaded with orange, nutmeg and crispy praline, and are dipped in a coating of dark chocolate that gives a firm shell to the creamy centerpiece. These are a far cry from single-serving candy ... Read More »

What is gluten?

homemade baguette

The word “gluten” is probably so well know these days because we are all so much more aware of people with gluten intolerances and products that are gluten free. Of course, this doesn’t really describe what gluten is. Gluten is protein in wheat flour and some other cereal grains. Gluten is elastic, and when combined with water, the proteins first come together in long strings. ... Read More »

Square Shovel Measuring Spoons

Square Shovel Measuring Spoons

I wasn’t skilled at building sand castles when I was little, but I did have an awesome, brightly-colored, plastic shovel and bucket set that I happily used to transform sand into vaguely mountainous structures. This set of Square Measuring Spoons with Long Handles brings back those memories because they look just like that shovel set I had, even down to the shape of the scoops! ... Read More »

McCain’s cookies win contest

Every presidential election year, Family Circle magazine publishes two favorite cookie recipes – one from each of the new potential First Ladies – and lets readers cast their vote for their favorite. The vote isn’t to see who should end up in the White House, but whose cookies are better. This year, the contest was between Michelle Obama’s Amaretto Shortbread Cookies and Cindy McCain’s Oatmeal ... Read More »

Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie

Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie

As Thanksgiving approaches, I always begin to wonder how I can put a little twist onto one of my favorite traditional recipes to make holiday dinners a little more interesting. A good example of this is baking a chocolate pumpkin pie instead of a more traditional one, or turning the pie into some pumpkin pie bars to make them easy to pass around to a ... Read More »

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