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Coconut Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of those recipes that is a classic just as it is and, while it’s fun to tweak it every once in a while for variety, I find that I always go back to the original. Of course, that was before I tried playing around with coconut in my banana bread. I think I have a new “basic” now. Coconut is a ... Read More »

Make your own crazy straw!

Make your own bendy straw!

A straw generally serves to help you get liquid from point A to point B with a minimum of fuss. The most basic straws are straight and the most widely used are designed to have a slight bend in the neck, which makes them slightly easier to drink from. The coolest straws are crazy straws, however. These straws have twists, turns, loops and other fun ... Read More »

Microwave Chocolate Cake for One

Microwave Chocolate Cake for One

Baking is really something that needs to be done in an oven because no matter how many instructions give you optional microwave directions, the food is always going to turn out a better when it is cooked in an oven. Frozen dinners are a good example of this, as they’re always more tender, more crisp and just plain tastier when they’re cooked in the oven ... Read More »

Cookie Chip Chocolates

Chocolate chip cookies must be the pinnacle of all cookies – or else why would we be willing to spend so much time dedicated to finding the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe? I suspect that some people are just in it for the chocolate and might be willing to forgo most of the actual cookie part if it meant more chips. The idea cookie for ... Read More »

Bacon Tuxedo

Bacon must be the new black because it is absolutely everywhere these days. Bacon in a chocolate bar is a good example, although I’ve seen bacon ice cream and deep fried bacon out there pushing the limits of good health (and possibly good taste), as well. I’m not going to argue that bacon doesn’t taste good, but I am beginning to suspect that things are ... Read More »

Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Nilla Wafers are good cookies, if a bit on the boring side because they are so plain, and I always enjoyed eating them when I was little. After trying the Trader Joe’s Vanilla Wafers, cookies meant to be a gourmet version of the classic wafer cookies because they are loaded with lots of vanilla bean, I knew that I wanted to make a version myself. ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Eton Mess is the epitome of simple and unpretentious desserts. According to foodie legend, it was created when a fancier dessert had a bit of an accident on the way to a picnic at Eton. The English favorite is made with fresh fruit, whipped cream and crushed meringue cookies, all mixed together into a delicious dish. Nami Nami‘s version uses lots of fresh strawberries and ... Read More »

Cookies baked in a car and other hot weather favorites

homemade ice blended coffee and a pudding pop

When it gets very hot outside, it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioning and pour a big glass of icy cold lemonade, then simply sit around and enjoy the respite from the heat. I’m all for this approach but there are many other ways to take advantage of the summer heat. I’ve covered a number of my favorites on this site already and decided ... Read More »

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