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Dress up your gingerbread cookies

gingerbread man with santa hat

Need an idea for decorating your gingerbread cookies this year? Whether you’re making them for the gingerbread cookie contest or just baking a batch to serve to your family, it never hurts to have a few original ideas to keep the look of the cookies fresh year after year. I dressed up this batch like paper dolls – edible paper dolls. When I was rolling ... Read More »

Foodie Gift: Chef’s Quad-Timer

Quad-Timer

I have two timers in my kitchen that I use regularly – my oven timer and a portable digital timer – and I probably use both of them every day. For both cooking and baking, it’s really imperative to have a good timer in the kitchen. It’s possible to do both without the aid of a timer, just glancing at the clock from time to ... Read More »

Cherry Garcia Biscotti

cherry garcia biscotti

Cherry Garcia is a flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that was developed as a kind of tribute to Jerry Garcia, but it is so popular (it is the brand’s top selling flavor) that at this point the name can almost act as a stand in for anything with bing cherries and chocolate chunks and people will know exactly what flavors they’re going to ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

It is rapidly becoming cliche for me to say that there were so many good looking recipes out there this week that it was hard for me to narrow my favorites down to just a few links. But cliches are cliches for a reason and I wouldn’t bother to use the same phrase over and over if it weren’t true. On to the recipes: I ... Read More »

Pre-bitten gingerbread cookie cutters

want a bite?

There is always a system to eating a cut-out cookie. Unlike a regular drop cookie, cutouts tend to have points and other bits that stick out from the center of the cookie – bits that tempt you to eat them first. Gingerbread men in particular seem to deserve a system when being eaten. Do you start head first? Feet first? Or do you go right ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Peppermint Marshmallows, reviewed

tj's mint mallows

 I love marshmallow creme and fluffy, fresh jet-puffed marshmallows in both jumbo and mini sizes, but I am incredibly picky about “gourmet” marshmallows. Does that make me a marshmallow snob, or just a connoisseur? These high-priced marshmallows have been becoming more and more common over the past couple of holiday seasons and are now appearing in more places and flavors than ever before. Picky though I ... Read More »

A plushie for bakers

I have always liked the giant microbes collection of plushies, which consists of soft and cuddly versions of various microorganisms. Most are cute versions of decidedly un-cute diseases - chicken pox, mad cow, the flu, etc. – but there is one that, as a baker, immediately caught my interest. The yeast plushie is an adorably blown-up version of the yeast used in bread and beer making. ... Read More »

Oven-Baked Latkes

crispy, baked latkes

It’s traditional for fried foods to be served during Hannukah, celebrating oil in memory of the miracle (a small amount of lamp oil lasting for eight days instead of just one) that started the holiday. Latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts) are two of the most popular items, staples at just about every Hannukah party/celebration. Both are tasty, but I am a particular fan of latkes. The ... Read More »

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