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Butter Tarts

A butter tart is a Canadian specialty that, unless you have friends or family living up North, you may never have experienced. I’ve certainly never seen them sold in any bakery around here. The pastries are made with a tart shell that is filled with a mixture of sugar and butter, held together with eggs. Often, the tart filling includes raisins or chopped nuts, but ... Read More »

Gross Out Cakes

gross out cakes

I like my food to look like, well, food. Beyond that, I want it to look tasty, as well. But for some people this isn’t the case and the appeal of turning out a cake that tastes good but can gross out your friends, family and coworkers once in a while is hard to resist. The Gross Out Cakes Cookbook is pretty much the go-to source ... Read More »

Chocolate-covered croutons

Croutons are small pieces of bread – usually cubes - that are toasted and used to garnish soups and salads. A variety of cheeses and spices are often incorporated for an extra kick of flavor. Chocolate is not generally one of these components, but a company called Marcy’s, which specializes in salad dressings and croutons, has decided that the time for chocolate and croutons to come together. ... Read More »

Need a scary, foodie Halloween costume idea?

terrifying halloween costume

I’ve been keeping an eye out for interesting Halloween costumes this year, although I already have my costume* all planned out. I like costumes that are on the scary side, which rules out most of the food-related costumes on the market. They tend to be oversized bananas or chili peppers or something along those lines. This isn’t to say that I haven’t seen a few interesting ... Read More »

Life-size wedding cake

Wedding cakes are supposed to be the perfect dessert for one of the most important days of our lives – or, at least, the idea of a wedding cake has certainly been sold that way. People spend hours taste testing different cakes, frostings and fillings trying to choose the combination that is the most delicious, and spend even more hours trying to decided on a ... Read More »

Mummy Cookies with White Chocolate Wrapping

chocolate mummy cookies

A few Halloweens ago, I baked up a batch of Gingerbread Skeleton cookies. They were made with a fairly typical gingerbread dough – complete with lots of spices and molasses – and I used some white icing (a mixture of powdered sugar, vanilla and milk) to create some spooky designs on the cut out cookies. They were some of my all time favorite cookies, not ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I was going to star off this weeks Bites with a link to the summery strawberry shortcakes at I love Milk and Cookies, as a last hurrah for summer in the northern hemisphere and a way to welcome it into the southern. But then I saw JenJen’s Apple Cider Donuts and couldn’t resist the spice and fall flavor combination. Plus, the donuts are baked, not fried. ... Read More »

Homemade vanilla extract

TL's homemade vanilla

Vanilla extract is an absolute staple for a baker. It is one of the few flavorings that works in just about everything (everything sweet, anyway) and, while cookies and cakes can be made without it, it really helps to round out the overall flavor of a baked good even when it is not the dominant flavor. As such, I put vanilla in lots of stuff. ... Read More »

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