Your Chance to Ask Aida!

If you’ve watched anything on the Food Network in the past few months, you’ve probably seen ads for one of the network’s newest shows, Ask Aida. Aida Mollenkamp is an extremely well-rounded chef who answers viewer’s questions while she prepares food on her show, giving the program a much more interactive feel than most others. She usually takes questions submitted via e-mail and video, but ... Read More »

Stuffing vs dressing, and regional preferences

Every year at Thanksgiving, the seemingly age-old debate arises as to what exactly constitutes stuffing and what constitutes dressing. Both “stuffing” and “dressing” are terms applied to the traditional Thanksgiving side dish of a most, seasoned bread (or other starch, like rice of potatoes) and vegetable mixture. It is either cooked inside the turkey or alongside the bird, and your preferred term for the dish ... Read More »

Twilight-Themed Vampire Treats

Twilight, the movie, comes out this week. If you’re a fan of the book series looking for a way to celebrate the release of the much-anticipated film, why not make some vampire-themed treats? Bloody Marys and other red drinks are obvious choices, but you’ll really impress your friends (or your child and his/her friends, which may be even more important) if you put together a ... Read More »

Whipped Maple Butter

Maple is one of my favorite cold weather flavors. It has a unique, rich flavor and a caramely sweetness that you can’t find anywhere else. This year, I’ve noticed that the price for pure maple syrup has gone up quite a bit, due to there being a bit of a drop off in the supply. It’s not going to keep me from buying it, since ... Read More »

Mini Holiday Loaf Pan

Mini Holiday Loaf Pan

Mini loaves of homemade breads and cakes make great holiday gifts. Individually wrapped, they can be a great little treat for a friend, and when packaged up together, they can be part of a lovely holiday basket to be enjoyed by a group. Little loaves of gingerbread and banana bread (or banana gingerbread, as the case may be) can be a little plain looking for ... Read More »

Chocolate Loaf Layer Cake with Buttermilk Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Loaf Layer Cake with Buttermilk Chocolate Frosting

There is nothing quite like the look of a big, tall layer cake to symbolize decadent desserts, especially when the cake has been sliced to reveal stacks of cake and ribbons of frosting. There are times when I want a layer cake, but don’t really need something so big. Whether I only want to have enough cake to feed a few, or I simply don’t ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Add Arty Sarayiote’s Koulourakia from Herbivoracious to the list of cookies to make this holiday season. The sweet, sesame-topped cookie twists are fun to make and a great departure from cut-out cookies because they are shaped by hand. The recipe comes from Amy Sedaris’s cookbook, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, which is one of those cookbooks that is as fun to read as ... Read More »

Fresh Box to keep baked goods fresher

Fresh Box

It’s always a good idea to keep baked goods stored in an airtight container to keep them as fresh as possible. An airtight container will keep cakes and breads from drying out and getting stale, extending the life of the food for at least a few days (and sometimes much longer). But unless you have baked goods with long shelf lives, such as biscotti, on ... Read More »

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