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Brownie Batter Oreo Brownies

Brownie Batter Oreo Brownies

I always enjoy trying the seasonal and limited edition cookies that Oreo releases throughout the year. Perhaps it is because I always had a fondness for Oreo cookies and milk after a long day of school, but whatever the motivation, I always get a kick out of trying flavors that range from Caramel Apple to Candy Corn. One of the most recent releases is Brownie ... Read More »

PaperChef Culinary Parchment Lotus Baking Cups, reviewed

PaperChef Culinary Parchment Lotus Baking Cups, reviewed

I have a huge array of baking cups in my pantry. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The wrappers that are the most eye catching tend to be the “lotus” baking cups, which are made of parchment paper and designed so that excess paper rises up over the top of the muffin. This style of wrapper is often seen in higher end bakeries ... Read More »

Hoecakes with Maple Butter

Hoecakes with Maple Butter

Hoecakes may look like regular pancakes at first glance, but they are a bit different than that standard breakfast fare. Hoecakes are coarse cakes made of cornmeal, similar to cornbread. It is said that the name dates back to the pre-Civil War era, where a version of the recipe made with just cornmeal and water was baked on the blade of a hoe. This baking ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Zucchini is plentiful all summer long and it never hurts to have a few new ways to put it to use. Culinary Concoctions by Peabody whipped up a batch of Zucchini Apple Maple Muffins that are the perfect way to bridge the gap between summer and fall baking seasons – a gap that still has plenty of zucchini in it! The muffins are packed with ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pie Crust

Buttermilk Pie Crust

Most pie crusts are made with flour, butter and water, with a pinch of salt and sugar to add a little bit of additional flavor. The three basic ingredients change in proportion from recipe to recipe, but they are rarely replaced. This Buttermilk Pie Crust is a departure from my “usual” pie crust recipe because it uses buttermilk instead of water to bind the ingredients ... Read More »

Donna Bell’s Bake Shop

Donna Bell's Bake Shop

Fans of the hit show NCIS will immediately recognize the face of Pauley Perrette on the cover of Donna Bell’s Bake Shop: Recipes and Stories of Family, Friends, and Food. She plays forensic analyst Abby Sciuto on the show – but what you may not know is that she also owns a popular bakery in New York with her two best friends. Donna Bell’s Bake ... Read More »

Blackberry Galette

Blackberry Galette

Galettes are one of my favorite tarts to bake. Not only are they delicious, but they’re easy to make and don’t require any special equipment because the crust is shaped by hand right on a baking sheet. This Blackberry Galette is a wonderfully easy dessert to make when you find yourself with a few cups of fresh blackberries to use up. The blackberries are wrapped ... Read More »

Tiki Drinks Book Giveaway! (closed)

Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar

This summer, my newest cookbook – Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar – was released just in time for the summer entertaining season. The book is packed with delicious rum drinks that are nothing like those overly sweet blended drinks that were popular in the 1970s. They are fresh, modern updates to the drinks that started the original tiki trend back in the ... Read More »

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