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Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri is named after author Ernest Hemingway. The story goes that Hemingway, living in Havana at the time, ducked into the El Floridita bar and asked the bartender for a daiquiri with no sugar and double the rum. The bar was known for its signature drink, a twist on a basic daiquiri (the basic recipe uses only rum, lime juice and sugar) that ... Read More »

New Belgium Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

New Belgium Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

While beer can be incorporated into baked goods like beer breadsĀ and even chocolate cakes, beer and baked goods don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. I would say that I see more wine pairings with desserts and spirit-infused baked goods than I do similar pairings with beer. This particular beer, however, brings baked goods to the beer and not the other way around. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ... Read More »

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

There are two main kinds of buttercream frostings: cooked and uncooked. The uncooked buttercream is also known as American buttercream, and it is made simply by beating butter and confectioners’ sugar (along with milk and flavorings) until it is thick and creamy. The cooked buttercreams start with a hot meringue, which has butter (and flavorings) beaten into it after it has cooled. The meringue-based buttercreams ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Timeline

Turkey Dinner

Thanksgiving is the biggest meal that most of us will plan, cook and eat all year round (though other holiday meals come very close). It takes a lot of planning to buy all the ingredients you need, to prep everything and to get it all to the table on time. Thanksgiving preparations don’t need to be stressful just simply because the holiday is a busy ... Read More »

Easy Candied Caramel Apples (without Corn Syrup)

Easy Candied Caramel Apples (without Corn Syrup)

Candied apples are one of those classic Halloween treats that looks better than it tastes. The candy coating on a candied apple is usually a thick, bright red candy shell that doesn’t add much in the way of flavor to your apple (though some are heavily seasoned with hot cinnamon spice) and proves difficult to bite through. This season, I wanted to make candy apples ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Pumpkin Curd

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Pumpkin Curd

If you thought that rich, velvety fruit curds could only be made with citrus, think again. This silky smooth Pumpkin Curd is a more seasonal take on a “traditional” fruit curd, and I’m sharing my recipe over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!) this weekend. The pumpkin curd, like a pumpkin pie filling, starts with a good quality pumpkin puree. I like to use canned ... Read More »

Chocolate-Striped Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate-Striped Pumpkin Pie

I love pumpkin pie and make several every year throughout the holiday baking season. The creamy texture of a good pumpkin pie coupled with the warm spices of fall makes for the perfect seasonal dessert. But I don’t always make the same recipe every time I bake a pie using pumpkin. After all, a traditional pumpkin pie can get a little boring after a while ... Read More »

Homemade Frappula Frappuccino

Homemade Frappula Frappuccino

Last year, Starbucks added a spooky drink option to their regular menu for only a couple of days before Halloween: the Frappula Frappuccino. The ice blended drink sported a vampire bite that looked very much like the bites I’ve added to my vampire-inspired Halloween cupcakes and whoopie pies. This year the popular coffee chain added the Frappula back to the menu for a few days, ... Read More »

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