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Frosted Snowman Cupcake Molds

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I probably spend more time decorating cookies and cupcakes around the holidays than I do the rest of the year. I always want my cakes and cookies to look nice, of course, but all the cutout cookies and festive cakes of the Christmas season make me want to decorate just a little bit more and not keep things quite as simple as I might the ... Read More »

Eggnog Pound Cake

Eggnog Pound Cake

I always have eggnog around during the holidays. I like to make my own, of course, but when there are so many store bought options I just can’t resist the temptation to pick one up just to have some on hand. The problem with eggnog is that it is so rich, I can’t always drink that whole carton and I end up looking for alternative ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

The holiday spirit is in the air and holiday flavors are everywhere. Maybe it’s the bad weather that hit a lot of the country over the past week, but it seemed like there were an unusually high number of tempting holiday recipes out there this week – but, as always, there were a few that really got my mouth watering and moved to the top ... Read More »

What is nutmeg?

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a spice that seems to get use around the holidays more than any other time of year, though it is not a strictly seasonal spice. Nutmeg is the seed of the nutmeg tree, a type of tropical evergreen tree that is grown in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Caribbean. The same tree produces another spice called mace, which is the reddish outer covering of ... Read More »

iPad Stand Cutting Board

iPad Cutting Board

It’s very handy to have an ipad around in the kitchen because it means that you can easily reference your favorite food blogs and use e-cookbooks, like The Baking Bites Cookbook. The most difficult thing about bringing a tablet into the kitchen is trying to decide where to put it to keep it handy, while not getting exposing it to too much kitchen mess. This ... Read More »

Speculoos

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Speculoos are thin, crunchy, golden brown cookies that are traditionally baked and served around Christmas in much of Europe. The brown color comes from brown sugar, which gives the cookies most of their flavor. Many recipes will be lightly spiced with cinnamon, ginger and other spices, but the brown sugar is always the dominant flavor so that these don’t turn into just another gingersnap. They’re ... Read More »

Cardamom Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffins

Cranberries are one of my favorite berries to work with in the fall. Their bright color and sweet-tart taste compliments a lot of different ingredients. Dried cranberries are the easiest to use, since you can incorporate them into just about anything, but whole cranberries pack a lot more of a tart punch and also add a lot more color, so I will go out of ... Read More »

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