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Make your own apple and pumpkin pie spice mixes

Apple and Pumpkin Pie Spices

Two of the most common spice mixes are apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice. The combination of spices that make up each blend is so commonly used (because they are complimentary) when baking with apples and pumpkin that the blends are packaged and sold alongside “regular” spices in the baking aisle of the supermarket. They are frequently called for in recipes without much explaination of what ... Read More »

Vampire Cupcakes

vampire cupcake: money shot

It was a dark and stormy (read: there was a heavy drizzle) night when a discussion of Halloween costumes let to a discussion on Halloween baked goods. I already had a spiderweb chocolate tart and some pumpkin muffins planned, but I wanted to come up with something dramatic. Something impressive. Something that a dark and spooky holiday – albeit a candy-centric one – deserved. And ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

My bookmarks from other bloggers this week were all over the place. I expected that most people would be going for Halloween or other mid-fall fare by this time and was surprised to find a lot of summery or any-time sort of dishes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’ve been known to make pumpkin pie around Easter! First on my list this week is the ... Read More »

Fortune cookies get a little more realistic

The fortunes inside fortune cookies tend to take a positive, yet very vague, view of things. Notes like “things are looking up,” “opportunity is never far away“ and “you will be lucky in business ventures”are so commonplace that it is a rare event when someone is actually surprised by a fortune cookie. But Wonton Food, which is the largest producer of fortune cookies in the country, ... Read More »

Dove Milk Chocolate with Almonds, reviewed

 Dove has some new additions to their Promises line of individually wrapped chocolates out and since I think that more foods should come with fortunes (or “promises”), I had to give at least one of them a try. I opted for the Dove Milk Chocolate with Almonds. The almond bits are actually pretty large and add a substantial crunch to the small piece of chocolate. ... Read More »

Skull Cupcake Pan

skull pans

What could be scarier than a leering skull glaring up at you from your dessert plate? Actually, don’t answer that. I’m sure that there are many things, but that doesn’t stop me from liking these skull cupcake and skull cake pans as scary-fun Halloween accessories. The grinning skulls can be decorated simply, with a light dusting of powdered sugar to highlight their unusual shapes, or ... Read More »

Basic Baguettes

baguette, sliced

Not all long, thin loaves of bread can be considered to be baguettes, but the shape is definitely one of the most clearly defining characteristics of the popular french loaves. The more important characteristics are the flavor and texture of the bread, and the perfect baguette is something that many bakers – both home bakers and pros – aspire to produce. Trying to be realistic, ... Read More »

Artisan Baking

Artisan Baking

What exactly is artisan bread? I mean, we all recognize those ridiculously delicious looking loaves, all slightly different in shape yet with perfectly dark golden crusts and a smell that just shouts “eat me!” when we see them, but artisan bread is far more than visual appeal. Artisan Baking is a cookbook that not only explains the general ideas behind artisanal breads (high quality, made at ... Read More »

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