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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 »

Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips, reviewed

Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips

Semisweet chocolate is the standard for chocolate chips. Neither too sweet nor too dark, it appeals to everyone and complements most recipes. If you want something a little different, you either have to hunt around to find a bag of specialty chocolate chips or chop up a bar of chocolate into chunks to stir into your cookie dough. Dark chocolate lovers should keep an eye ... Read More »

Spicy, Chewy Molasses Cookies

Spicy, Chewy Molasses Cookies

There is something about molasses cookies that gives you a warm, snuggly feeling when you eat them. Part of this comes from the fact that these cookies are usually seasonal treats, baked in warm kitchens when it’s cool outside. Part comes from the chewiness of the cookies, which allows you to slowly savor each bite and take your time as you eat. The rest of ... Read More »

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