Meyer Lemon Shaker Lemon Pie

shaker lemon pie slice

Shaker lemon pie is a very old fashioned type of pie – so old fashioned that it goes way beyond retro and isn’t likely to be found in your average diner, unlike the far more common lemon meringue pie. Shaker lemon pie has an unusual filling that is made up of lemons. Sliced paper-thin, the lemons go into the pie rind and all (minus the ... Read More »

Happy Pi(e) Day!

I know it makes me a bit of a geek – ok, this and probably many other things – but on this day every year I cannot resist celebrating Pi Day. It’s “pi day” because today, March 14th, is written as 3/14 – the same as the number pi (3.14). Naturally, I choose to celebrate “pi” with its food equivalent: pie. Today is a great ... Read More »

Ferrero Rocher Prestige Collection, reviewed

I should probably have given everyone a heads up that there would be a few more chocolate and candy reviews than usual over the next couple of weeks because of Easter. It’s a candy-heavy holiday and I just can’t resist. This collection of chocolates is a premium one: the Ferrero Rocher Prestige Collection. I’ve seen several different packaging variations of this mix, but these particular ... Read More »

How to make a water bath

creamy cheesecake

Water baths are one of those things that you don’t need too often in baking, but when a recipe calls for them, they’re crucial in getting a good result. A water bath – if you’re not familiar with what they are - is almost exactly what it sounds like: it is the dish of water that baked goods requiring gentle heat are baked in, instead of ... Read More »

Bailey’s Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Bailey's Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

 When St. Patrick’s Day comes around every year, I usually follow a little tradition that involves making up a batch of soda bread, a dish involving cabbage or corned beef, and maybe drinking a bottle of Guinness, too. Nothing fancy and pretty standard, as far as celebration goes. This year, I didn’t want to get stuck in that rut, but I did want to do ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Even though Easter is coming up and I have more than enough seasonal candy to last me until… well, almost until next Easter, I can’t help but be tempted when I see homemade candy bars – especially when they sound as good as Baked Alaska‘s Caramel Candy Bars. The bars are baked and turn out something like a granola bar, only much, much more decadent. ... Read More »

Cadbury Mini Eggs, Dark and Milk Chocolate, reviewed

Cadbury Mini Eggs have long been an Easter staple in my house. I prefer them even to the ever popular Cadbury Creme Eggs, which are nice, but can be a bit too sweet for me with all that gooey fondant in the center. Mini eggs, if you haven’t had them, are about 3/4-inch high eggs that have pastel-colored matte candy shells over a solid chocolate ... Read More »

Coffee Mugs, cookies included

Cookie Mugs

When I was a kid, my favorite mug – for hot chocolate back then, not coffee – had a ceramic frog in the bottom of it that was slowly revealed I drank. It wasn’t the novelty of seeing the frog that made me like the mug, though it certainly was cute, but simply knowing that there was more to my simple hot chocolate than met ... Read More »

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