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Sugared Lavender Almonds

Sugared Lavender Almonds

Sometimes the best things are also the simplest ones. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine brought out a jar of almonds and encouraged me to try one. The nuts were shiny, well-toasted and appeared to have been tossed with coarse sugar. They were Sugared Lavender Almonds and they certainly prove that delicious things come in simple packages. These nuts are easy to make ... Read More »

The Best Way to Toast Almonds

How to Toast Almonds

Toasted nuts are a great addition to almost any recipe that calls for nuts, as they bring so much more to the recipe than their untoasted counterparts do. Toasting nuts enhances their flavor by bringing out their natural oils, and it enhances their texture by making them crisper than they otherwise would be. Usually, nuts are given a quick toast in a pan or in ... Read More »

Fudgy Coffee Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fudgy Coffee Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies may look like they’re made with cocoa powder, but they’re actually made with coffee flour! Coffee flour is made from the fruit of coffee berries, a byproduct of the coffee industry. The pulp is often used as fertilizer, but turning into flour gives us yet another use for this unique product. The flour has a fruity, tea-like flavor but has the consistency of ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Late winter and early spring are citrus season, so my kitchen is stocked with even more citrus fruits that usual. I enjoy citrus in all its forms, but lemon is the one I get the most requests for. This lemon-infused BfoB edition is just what you need to kick start your spring baking. A batch of Mini Lemon Coconut Cakes from Truffles and Trends is ... Read More »

Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cereal Treats

Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cereal Treats

I recently tried the Girl Scouts Thin Mints cereal and was surprised by how well they managed to make the classic cookies come through in a crispy cereal recipe. I am not necessarily a big fan of chocolate cereal for breakfast, but because I thoroughly enjoyed the cereal as a snack, I decided to turn the cereal into cereal bars! The bars are made the ... Read More »

What is Coffee Flour?

What is Coffee Flour?

Coffee flour is a flour made from coffee cherries, the fruit that surrounds the coffee bean. The fruit is usually a byproduct of the coffee industry, but turning it into flour gives it a whole new purpose. Coffee flour is finely ground and very similar to cocoa powder in consistency. Though it looks like cocoa powder, it doesn’t taste like chocolate or like coffee. The ... Read More »

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pie

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pie

As soon as I can get my hands on fresh berries in the spring, I start incorporating them into everything from muffins to tarts. While frozen berries can (and do) have as much flavor as their fresh counterparts, fresh berries have more texture and that makes them a bit easier to work with. This Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pie is a wonderful example of a dessert ... Read More »

Oreo Eggs, reviewed

Oreo Eggs, reviewed

A few months ago, I learned that Cadbury was selling Oreo creme-filled chocolate eggs in Canada. Some early pictures made it look as though the cookies n’ cream creme filling would be soft, much like that of a Cadbury creme egg, though pictures of the product in stores showed a firmer center. Oreo fans in the US began to clamor for a taste of this ... Read More »

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