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Loose Leaf Tea Tumbler

Both coffee and tea are staples in my diet, with breakfast, with baked goods and with dessert. I also often take an insulated mug or thermos out with me when I’m on the go, especially on chilly mornings. This works best with coffee, as tea bags left in thermoses will easily oversteep, and loose leaf teas take extra time in their preparation. When I saw ... Read More »

What is agave syrup?

Partida Agave

Agave syrup – also known as agave nectar – is one of those things that was relegated to obscurity in less-trafficked natural foods markets for years, but has recently encountered a substantial upsurge in popularity. The result of this is a much more high profile position in the grocery story, though not everyone has experience with it yet. The syrup is made from agave plants ... Read More »

Coconut, Almond Cranberry Granola Bars

Coconut, Almond Cranberry Granola Bars

Granola bars tend fall into two major categories. One type is mostly nuts – chunky and barely held together. The other type is more like a candy bar – sweet and sometimes full of chocolate. Neither is my favorite because I really want a granola bar that is lighter than the nut bar and healthier than the candy bar, so I definitely prefer to make my ... Read More »

Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe’s Best Artisan Bakers

The title Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe’s Best Artisan Bakers didn’t sit quite right with me at first. I don’t live in Europe and any bread recipe from Europe is certainly not one that is going to be “local” for me. But the title reveals more on second thought. The book is about bringing local specialty breads to you, making global recipes ... Read More »

Margarita with Agave Nectar

Margarita with Agave Nectar, on the rocks

While there is something to be said for a big, blended margarita on a really hot day, those drinks tend to be tequila-spiked smoothies more often than not and I think I will always prefer to have my margaritas on the rocks when given the option. The blended margaritas are often too sweet and I simply like the way that you can get more flavor from ... Read More »

Dilled Cream Cheese Sandwich Bread

Dilled Cream Cheese Sandwich Bread, sliced

Cream cheese appears with regularity in yeasted breads and pastries as a filling, paired with sugar, fruits or other sweet things. Less frequently, I’ve seen cream cheese used in savory pastries, paried with prosciutto, sundried tomatoes or with herbs. This bread was created when I decided to try using cream cheese as one of the main components of a bread, rather than as a filling of ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Brownie Mix

Mixes, as you might guess, are really not my thing. I always prefer to make something from scratch if I can. That said, I don’t think that mixes are inherently bad or anything.They’re certainly useful in a pinch because they can be made very quickly and with little fuss. And there are some pretty good mixes out there – I like the Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownie ... Read More »

Homemade Kisses for Valentine’s Day

Bakerella's Homemade Kisses!!!

Still looking for something quick and sweet to get your Valentine? Look no further than Bakerella‘s amazing homemade Kisses. Her kisses look like big version’s of the Hershey’s classic – down to the silver wrapper and customizable pull tags – but are perhaps even more delicious. The center of each kiss is an Oreo “truffle” made by combining crushed oreo cookies and cream cheese until ... Read More »

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