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Spiced Chocolate Biscotti

Mexican Spice Biscotti

I love having biscotti with my coffee. The hard, crunchy cookies are perfect for dipping in a hot cup of coffee or a latte, and they usually come in flavors that are very complimentary to coffee, as well. I like to make my own biscotti, of course, but I also pick them up when I am out having coffee at a coffee shop. I have ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Fall is in the air and, while many bloggers are still sticking with summery fruits while they can still get them, others are diving headfirst into fall flavors like pumpkin and apple. It has been very hot and summery in my neck of the woods for the last few weeks, so I am just collecting inspiration from fall-themed recipes before starting my own fall baking ... Read More »

Cinnamon Layer Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Fresh Cinnamon Cake

Cinnamon is a delicious spice that, like vanilla, is often used in conjunction with other flavors and rarely gets the spotlight all to itself. It is paired with ginger, cloves and spices to make flavorful spice blends, and combined with oatmeal and nuts to enhance their nutty qualities. In this Cinnamon Layer Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, cinnamon really takes center stage on its ... Read More »

Cinnamon Hill Fresh Cinnamon Grater, reviewed

Cinnamon Hill Grater with Cinnamon

Fresh spices are always going to deliver the best flavors in your foods, whether you are cooking or baking. Changing out the jars of ground spices in your spice cabinet is a good idea to keep things fresh, as you don’t want to cook with a jar that has been sitting around dulling in flavor for more than a few months. Freshly ground spices deliver ... Read More »

Introducing: Build A Better Food Blog, a Baking Bites Workshop!

New School Catalog

Food blogging is more popular than ever and new people are getting into it all the time. Cooking, baking, restaurants and photography – what’s not to love? Whether you’re doing it for fun or for profit, food blogging is an art form and it takes a little time to find you niche and grow your audience. If you live in the Los Angeles Area, you ... Read More »

Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans

Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans

Vegan food isn’t all raw vegetables and marinated tofu dishes. Vegan food, just like the people who are cooking it, can have a ton of personality when it is done right and Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans is definitely not short on personality. The cookbook offers up dozens of recipes that deliver a lot of flavor – and demonstrate a lot of creativity – ... Read More »

Microwave Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Microwave Cake

It was more than 5 years ago when I tried my first Microwave Chocolate Cake. That cake was slightly spongy, but it was easy to make and delivered a warm chocolate cake for one in just about 3 minutes. Microwave cakes that are “baked” in mugs have remained popular, as the lure of a very fast chocolate cake is hard to resist. I mostly gave ... Read More »

5 Tips for Baking Contest Entrants from a Judge

Nicole and Leslie Judge

I love judging baking and cooking contests. They’re always exciting events, because everyone who attends is psyched up for the competition. Most contests don’t have MasterChef-style elimination rounds built into them, so the competitors tend to be friendly and supportive of one another, even if they all think that their recipe is the best. But I do see some of the same things over and ... Read More »

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