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How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

The first time that I had toasted pumpkin seeds was in elementary school. I specifically remember my 1st grade teacher having us bring in seeds and toasting them – by which I mean watching her toast them – in the school’s kitchen. I don’t remember how they turned out, but it sure was fun. These days, I’m not even sure if you’re allowed to celebrated Halloween ... Read More »

Really creepy cakes

they're coming cakes

If you’re looking for a way to go all-out for Halloween and make a really, truly scary cake, you might want to take a look at the Halloween cakes at They’re Coming. The site specializes in horror movie reviews, but really pulled out all the stops with the designs of a few cakes. The designs include a Killer Rats Cake, a Thorax Cake and a Zombiefest ... Read More »

Spiderweb Tart (Chocolate Ganache Tart)

Spiderweb Tart, interior shot

I admit that my first instinct when thinking of Halloween recipes is to go for things that involve pumpkin, like pumpkin pie and pumpkin donuts. But chocolate is such an important part of the holiday (we all know it’s true) that a chocolate dessert seems to be just as good a fit, assuming that you can take more chocolate after all those snack-sized candy bars. ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Another week, another round of recipe from some of our closest – digitally speaking – friends. Is it just my imagination, or do recipes seem to get richer the closer we get to the end of the year? Not that there’s anything wrong with that… You’ll get two recipes in one with Vanilla Garlic‘s  Amaretti and Butternut Cupcakes- one for the cookies and one for ... Read More »

Brach’s Caramel Candy Corn, reviewed

Caramel Candy Corn

It’s candy corn season again and I’ve already filled up my candy dishes, but when I was picking up my traditional bags of classic and harvest mix (the bags that include the candy corn pumpkins), I noticed that there was more variety than usual in the candy corn section. In other words, this year candy makers released flavored candy corn along with the traditional honey-flavored ... Read More »

Baker’s White Chocolate recalled

Kraft is recalling nearly 300,000 packages of Baker’s White Chocolate due to possible salmonella contamination. The packages listed in the recall are all 6-oz. “Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares” with the UPC code 0043000252200 and one of four best-when-used-by dates: 31 March 2008 XCZ; 01 April 2008 XCZ; 02 April 2008 XCZ; and 03 April 2008 XCZ. No reports of illness have been reported ... Read More »

30-years for stealing a donut?

A man in Missouri is facing the possibility of a 30-year prison sentence for stealing a donut from a local convenience store. The donut wasn’t made of gold, diamonds or anything else valuable (unless you reallylove sprinkles); it was an ordinary 52-cent donut. What happened was that the man shoplifted the donut and, while trying to make his escape, assaulted the store clerk. The assault ... Read More »

Pate Brisee (Tart Dough)

Pate brisee (or pâte brisée, si tu prefere) is one stable recipe that should be in every baker’s repertoire – especially if you’re a baker who likes to occasionally branch out from cookies and cakes into the realm of pies and tarts. It is a basic tart crust that is easy to make, keeps in the refrigerator or freezer exceptionally well, and works with both ... Read More »

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