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Dove Desserts Bananas Foster, reviewed

Dove Desserts Bananas Foster

Dove Promises are one of Dove‘s signature chocolates. The two-bite squares are usually plain, solid chocolate with cute little messages printed on the inside of the wrapper. Lately, Dove has been experimenting with new combinations and adding some fillings to these little chocolates. Dove Desserts are the newest additions to their line. The chocolates are the bite-size Promises, filled with complexly flavored filings modeled after ... Read More »

Get-It Potholders

Get-It Potholders

I have had silicone potholders in the past, but I far prefer to use my more traditional fabric potholders. The standard silicone potholder tends to be little more than a smallish square of heat-resistant material, and even though they promise to deliver more protection from heat and a better grip, I always go back to fabric. The fabric potholders I have are also squarish, but ... Read More »

Trail Mix Muffins

Trail Mix Muffins

Trail mix is a term that refers to mixture of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, chocolate chips/M&Ms and other similarly small items that is meant to be an easy to eat, high energy snack. Trail mix gets its name because it is the ideal snack for hikers and campers, as it can be very filling and is easy to store. You can make it with any ... Read More »

Caramel

Caramel

The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of caramel is smooth, chewy, sticky amber-colored syrup that is rich with the flavor of butter and brown sugar. Caramel can take so many more forms, from those sticky syrups to crunchy candies, and author Trish Deseine explores many of them in a cookbook dedicated to the dessert, Caramel. Sugar has a reputation of ... Read More »

Raspberry Chocolate Bundt Cake

Raspberry Chocolate Bundt Cake

  It has been months since I last made a bundt cake, so when the urge to get out my pan and bake one hit this week, I gave in without a fuss. One of the best things about bundt cakes is that they are really no-fuss cakes themselves. You don’t need to worry about layers, fillings, frostings or decorations. The cake will as fancy ... Read More »

Using vinegar in baking

vinegars

Vinegar is a surprisingly common ingredient in baked goods, considering that it has such a sharp flavor. But as an acid, vinegar is often included in cake and cookie batters to react with baking soda and start the chemical reaction needed to produce carbon dioxide and give those batters a lift as they bake. One of my favorite cake recipes takes advantage of this reaction: ... Read More »

Easy Homemade Horchata

Easy Homemade Horchata

Horchata is a broad name for any of a variety of drinks, popular in Spanish countries like Spain and Mexico, that start out with a nut or grain soaked in water. The drinks are often similar to products like rice milk and other nondairy milks, but usually have a much creamier consistency and are both sweetened and spiced. Most recipes that I’ve seen feature both ... Read More »

Cake Wrecks and cake missteps

Cake Wrecks

When I first heard about the Cake Wrecks blog at neatorama, I expected to see an array of cakes that were poorly decorated – frosting sliding off, writing smeared, etc. Instead, the cakes were far more creative. Some were wrecks in the sense that they lacked good taste and probably seemed like funnier or better ideas before they were actually put into the reality of ... Read More »

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