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Pumpkin Muffins with Milk Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Muffins with Milk Chocolate Chips, top view

Pumpkin can be a great addition to muffins and cakes. Like other fruit purees, including applesauce, pumpkin can really add a lot of moisture to a cake. It can also make the muffins a little bit heavy if you’re not careful and use too much of it. A good pumpkin muffin has a balance between moistness and fluffiness so you know that you’re eating a ... Read More »

The All-American Christmas Cookbook: Family Favorites from Every State

The All-American Christmas Cookbook: Family Favorites from Every State

Every family has their own set of holiday traditions, but these traditions don’t simply spring up from nothing. They’re influenced heavily by region, and not just by what part of the world your family is from. Influences can come from much closer to home, so regional differences can still be big from state to state and the traditions that are unique from state to state, ... Read More »

Bread Pudding French Toast

Bread Pudding French Toast

I have never had a problem with having leftover bread pudding and being at a loss for what to do with it. I eat it – plain and simple. That being said, you can never have too many ideas to make eating those leftovers a little bit more interesting, even when you start off with bread pudding that is perfectly good in its leftover state ... Read More »

Final Cupcake Contest reminder (with a caramel reminder, too!)

TJ's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

This is a final reminder for anyone who wants to enter the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest. The contest closes to entries tonight at midnight (12/20/08 at 11:59pm PST, to get very specific!), so this is your last chance to take some photos of holiday cupcakes – whether they were made by you, your best friend, your children or your favorite local bakery – and ... Read More »

Orange Cranberry Brownie Cookies

Orange Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, innards

These are dark, chewy brownie-like cookies with a bit of a twist. They have dried cranberries and some orange zest mixed into the dough, along with dark chocolate chips. The nice thing about the two fruity additions is that they break up some of the intensity of the chocolate and make the cookies a little bit more interesting. It’s not that the cookies are too ... Read More »

Edible Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Edible Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Gifts from the kitchen – and from the heart – are always welcome around the holidays. You don’t have to worry about sizes, sales, fighting traffic or return policies. They’re usually budget-friendly and end up seeming very personal because you put in the effort to make them yourself. If you’re shipping your treats, remember to choose things that will travel well. Biscotti, for instance, will ... Read More »

Sweet Apricot Kernels, reviewed

os Trader Joe’s recently started stocking Sweet Apricot Kernels – a.k.a. poor man’s “almonds” or “bitter almonds” – in their nut aisle. This came as quite a surprise to me because my first though after seeing them was “aren’t apricot kernels poisonous?” The answer is yes, they actually are. Usually called “bitter almonds” in recipes, the kernels can be used used in jam, marzipan and ... Read More »

What is panettone?

What is panettone?

At just about all specialty food stores, as well as a good number of regular supermarkets, you’re going to find elegant boxes of panettone available around the holidays. The boxes are always adorned with illustrations of what’s inside, but an illustration is never as good as actually seeing the product. Panettone is a somewhere between a bread and a cake in taste, a sweet yeasted ... Read More »

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