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Pre-bitten gingerbread cookie cutters

want a bite?

There is always a system to eating a cut-out cookie. Unlike a regular drop cookie, cutouts tend to have points and other bits that stick out from the center of the cookie – bits that tempt you to eat them first. Gingerbread men in particular seem to deserve a system when being eaten. Do you start head first? Feet first? Or do you go right ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Peppermint Marshmallows, reviewed

tj's mint mallows

 I love marshmallow creme and fluffy, fresh jet-puffed marshmallows in both jumbo and mini sizes, but I am incredibly picky about “gourmet” marshmallows. Does that make me a marshmallow snob, or just a connoisseur? These high-priced marshmallows have been becoming more and more common over the past couple of holiday seasons and are now appearing in more places and flavors than ever before. Picky though I ... Read More »

A plushie for bakers

I have always liked the giant microbes collection of plushies, which consists of soft and cuddly versions of various microorganisms. Most are cute versions of decidedly un-cute diseases - chicken pox, mad cow, the flu, etc. – but there is one that, as a baker, immediately caught my interest. The yeast plushie is an adorably blown-up version of the yeast used in bread and beer making. ... Read More »

Oven-Baked Latkes

crispy, baked latkes

It’s traditional for fried foods to be served during Hannukah, celebrating oil in memory of the miracle (a small amount of lamp oil lasting for eight days instead of just one) that started the holiday. Latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts) are two of the most popular items, staples at just about every Hannukah party/celebration. Both are tasty, but I am a particular fan of latkes. The ... Read More »

Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More

Great Coffee Cakes and more!

It’s true that there are a seemingly endless variety of muffin and scone recipes when you include all the varied add-ins that can be mixed into any given batter, but when it comes to coffee cakes and breakfast pastries in general, are there really enough possibilities to fill up a 400 page book? The answer (of course) is yes. Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins ... Read More »

Peppermint Cookies n’ Cream Brownies

Peppermint Cookies n' Cream Brownies, side view

Fudgy. Rich. Intense. Chocolaty. Pepperminty. Amazing. All of these words are ones that I would use to describe these Peppermint Cookies n’ Cream Brownies, which just might be my favorite brownies to date. The response to them in general (as soon as my unofficial tasters no longer had their mouths stuffed full of brownie) was “oh my god.” They had a fantastic balance between being ... Read More »

Sweet Potato Scones

Sweet Potato Scones, with butter

 A scone is a quickly made pastry, a mix of flour and butter that is baked in a hot oven until flaky and golden. Scones, at least here in the US, are rarely served plain. Instead of the basic perfect-with-jam-and-clotted-cream scone that you might find served at an afternoon tea, we’re a lot more likely to see them augmented with dried fruits, sugar or other ... Read More »

Food and drink hacks

Lifehackeris a weblog dedicated to searching out tips and tricks to make your life easier. It primarily focuses on software and technology, but since the blog’s inception it has reached out into other areas more than a few times. The team over there recently compiled a list of their top 10 Food and drink hacks: little “hacks” that make food prep and storage quicker, more ... Read More »

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