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What was in your stocking?

Vintage Spices

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas – or other holiday break – with your families. I got quite a few very thoughtful gifts, including a lovely Le Creuset Canister (in Cobalt) that I plan to use as a flour container in the kitchen, a huge bunch of fresh, fragrant vanilla beans, a popover pan and a number of specialty baking stocking stuffers, from ... Read More »

Merry Christmas 2008

Merry Christmas 2008!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m taking a bit of a break today to enjoy some hot chocolate and chocolate covered marshmallows, as well as some Christmas cookies and even some real food. I hope you’re spending the day with family, friends and others you care about – and having some good food while you’re doing it. Read More »

Drinking Chocolate

Drinking chocolate is a variation on hot chocolate that is usually richer, and less sweet than hot cocoa. The main ingredient, aside from milk, is chocolate, rather than cocoa powder or sugar. It’s a great cold weather treat because it’s basically a liquid dessert, a hot liquid dessert that warms you up with every sip! I use a combination of dark chocolate and milk chocolate ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

It may be cold outside, but it’s never too cold for Santa and Snowman Milkshakes, like the ones Whisk made as holiday treats. A change from the usual hot chocolate, the milkshakes are made with real vanilla ice cream and milk, then decorated with chocolate syrup “painted” on the inside of the glasses to give the characters some, well, character. Pink food coloring (or perhaps ... Read More »

Last Minute Foodie Gift Idea: Cooking Classes

If you’re running out of time and options for Christmas gifts, and don’t want to resort to a gift certificate, consider signing your favorite foodie up for a cooking class of some kind as a present. The class schedules are posted well in advance, so no one has to know you waited until the last minute before a gift exchange to enroll. Stores like Sur ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest Winners!

Iheartcuppycake's Santa's Favorite Cupcake

I want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest. The entries were all fantastic, with great looking cake, delicious and creamy frostings, and creative toppers. Judging was tough because there were so many entries to choose from. Some of the judges complained that they thought taste testing would be part of the process, but once they buckled down, a ... Read More »

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 »

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