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Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Nilla Wafers are good cookies, if a bit on the boring side because they are so plain, and I always enjoyed eating them when I was little. After trying the Trader Joe’s Vanilla Wafers, cookies meant to be a gourmet version of the classic wafer cookies because they are loaded with lots of vanilla bean, I knew that I wanted to make a version myself. ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Eton Mess is the epitome of simple and unpretentious desserts. According to foodie legend, it was created when a fancier dessert had a bit of an accident on the way to a picnic at Eton. The English favorite is made with fresh fruit, whipped cream and crushed meringue cookies, all mixed together into a delicious dish. Nami Nami‘s version uses lots of fresh strawberries and ... Read More »

Cookies baked in a car and other hot weather favorites

homemade ice blended coffee and a pudding pop

When it gets very hot outside, it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioning and pour a big glass of icy cold lemonade, then simply sit around and enjoy the respite from the heat. I’m all for this approach but there are many other ways to take advantage of the summer heat. I’ve covered a number of my favorites on this site already and decided ... Read More »

Hamburger Bun Pans

Hamburger Bun Pans

For cookouts, burgers and hot dogs (or other sausages) are pretty standard. They’re easy to make, easy to serve and they’re always crowd pleasers. I like to do homemade hot dog and hamburger buns for cookouts whenever I have a chance. They’re easy to make and always a big hit, partially because they’re homemade and partially because they taste so fresh. I shape my rolls ... Read More »

Starbucks Sorbetto and Vivanno, reviewed

Banana Chocolate Vivanno

I think it’s safely established that I drink a lot of coffee – much of it homemade and some of it when I’m on the go. In summer, I tend to cut back on hot drinks in general and look for other options for refreshment. Last week, Starbucks launched two new drinks and I made it a point to try them to beat the heat. ... Read More »

Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake slice, up close

Visually, I believe that this zebra-striped cake is one of the most impressive looking cakes I’ve ever made. Especially because I have a soft spot in my heart for animal prints. I’ve seen this cake online for a while now, on various blogs and in various forms, but haven’t actually gotten around to trying it myself until now. It has a huge WOW factor for ... Read More »

Brownie Points

Brownie Points

Dark, rich and chocolaty brownies are definitely the epitome of the genre, so they were definitely a good choice for the cover shot of Brownie Points: Over 100 Outrageously Delicious and Easy Variations on North America’s Favorite Dessert. When the cover is mouth watering, it’s often a good sign of things to come – especially when those treats on the cover are four different types ... Read More »

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Now that my tomatoes are starting to ripen left and right, I’m starting to look for more uses for them than just adding them to salads and making pasta sauces. And because I know that I haven’t even hit the peak of tomato season yet, I prefer that the recipes I end up with use more than just two or three tomatoes each. This recipe ... Read More »

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