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Check out the gingerbread gallery!

Today is the last day to get your entries in for the Baking Bites Gingerbread Cookie Contest. Judging will begin after midnight, so you still have a couple of hours to work on your cookies if you haven’t entered yet! And whether you’re going to actively participate or not, please take a few minutes to check out the mouthwatering and creative submissions at the contest ... Read More »

Foodie Gift Idea: Personalized Chef Jacket

custom chef's jacket

Let’s face it: most of us at-home chefs and bakers don’t have much use for a chef’s jacket. Most of the people I know don’t even bother with an apron (unless it’s a really cute one), relying instead on a conveniently placed kitchen towel or two. But if you love to cook, there is something undeinably appealing about a chef’s jacket. They look good and ... Read More »

Eggnog Cupcakes

eggnog cupcakes

‘Tis the season for eggnog, that nutmeg-spiced, custardy, boozy beverage that is so popular around the holidays.┬áIt tastes delicious and is oh-so-rich. The richness, unfortunately, keeps me and most of my friends from drinking more than a very small serving at a time. To further enjoy that eggnog flavor, I decided to turn the drink into a batch of holiday cupcakes. My first impulse was ... Read More »

Pie eating, gone to the dogs

charlie with pies

If you have a cat or a dog (or possibly some other larger-than-a-hamster pet), your pet has probably eaten something s/he shouldn’t have at least once or twice. Dropped a piece of chicken on the floor? Turned your back on a plate of cake sitting on a low table? In most cases, you would discipline your pet and probably make a mental note to be ... Read More »

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Some say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in many cases this is true. But convenience – and laziness, as it could even be put – can certainly be a key part of the process, as in “I need to work less hard to get what I want.” This just might be the kind of thinking that inspired Artisan Bread in Five Minutes ... Read More »

Only a few days left for the Gingerbread Cookie Contest!

mr and mrs claus

The deadline is rapidly approaching for entries to the Baking Bites Holiday Gingerbread Cookie Contest, so there is no better time to make up a batch of dough and decorate a few of your own to enter! To enter, just take a few photos of your gingerbread cookies and upload them to the official contest Flickr gallery. All photos should be in by December 18th. ... Read More »

Peppermint Marshmallows

minty 'mallows

Ever since I first started making homemade marshmallows with a Thomas Keller recipe a few years ago, I’ve been hooked. I can’t count the batches of marshmallows I’ve made or the cups of hot chocolate that I’ve dunked them in. Plain vanilla is unquestionably my favorite, but even a marshmallow-lover like myself gets a little bored once in a while. It didn’t take me long ... Read More »

Holiday gift wrapping for foodies

who wouldn't want to see this under the tree?

Looking for a way to dress up a cookbook, or other present for a favorite food lover? Try “garnishing” your package with a little kitchen accessory of some kind. This package pictured here contains a cookbook – don’t worry, it has already been delivered and unwrapped, so I’m not ruining any surprises by telling you it is a copy of this book – but as ... Read More »

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