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Finger Food Plates

Finger Food Plates

Since the holiday season kicks off with Halloween and leads into two months full of holiday parties, family get-togethers and other seasonal celebrations, this seems like the perfect time to check out some little things that might be a big help during the entertaining season. And when I say “little things” I really mean little things. Finger Food Mini Plates are just about the cutest ... Read More »

Halloween Candy Bundt Cake

Leftover Halloween Candy Bundt Cake

Halloween candy is a funny thing. Unlike other times of the year, around October we’re all likely to buy candy in bulk and fill up our homes – relative to most the average day, at least – with snack sized candies and chocolates. If you have kids at home, the few weeks following Halloween are also going to find you loaded with candy. The candy ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

In October, I’m always pleased to see an upswing in the number of pumpkin recipes out there. I’ll happily eat pumpkin pie any day of the year, but when more bloggers start using pumpkin, there are lots of new ideas around. Whisk recently put together some Pumpkin Chai Tarts, spiced with ginger, cloves, chair tea, maple sugar and coconut milk. They look like miniature pies ... Read More »

Which molasses should I use?

Grandma's Molasses, light and dark

Molasses is a byproduct of the sugar-making process, and is made with both sugar cane and sugar beets. Specifically, molasses is the concentrated cane syrup or beet syrup leftover when sugar crystals are extracted. The most widely available molasses is sugar cane molasses because it is often used in baking. It comes in three varieties: light, dark and blackstrap. When sugar cane is being processed ... Read More »

Pumpkin Cupcake Pan

We’re heading into crunch time when Halloween is concerned, and if you want to get into the pumpkin-decorating spirit without carving open a big squash, a cute Pumpkin Cupcake Pan just might fit the bill. This is a standard muffin tin that has pumpkin-shaped depressions around each muffin cup. When you batter rises – whether you’re baking a cupcake or a high-rising muffin – it ... Read More »

Chocolate Chip and Candied Ginger Muffins

Chocolate Chip and Candied Ginger Muffins

While I generally prefer my muffins to have fruit or nuts in them, I do like a muffin with a bit of chocolate in it from time to time as more of a treat. Chocolate chips are always on hand and are so easy to stir into a batch of muffins to get a chocolate fix early in the day. In my kitchen, I actually ... Read More »

S’mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion

S'mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion

Who doesn’t enjoy a freshly made s’more, with toasty, caramelized marshmallow melting into milk chocolate and delivered in between two crisp graham crackers? I know that I do, and I like the combination enough to experiment a bit with different variations on the theme, too. S’mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion is a cookbook dedicated to the s’more and to creating tasty variations on it. ... Read More »

Root Beer Brownies

Dr Brown's Root Beer

Beer is a major ingredient in a lot of recipes. Guinness, in particular – not to mention other dark stouts – works its way into quite a few baked goods. It pairs especially well with chocolate because of its naturally dark, chocolaty flavor, so Guinness Cupcakes and Guinness Chocolate Cake are fairly common. Guinness Brownies are not seen quite as often, but work for much ... Read More »

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