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Flourless dessert ideas for Passover

Passover starts this weekend and, along with near-continuous TV showings of The Ten Commandments (starring Charlton Heston, of course), those who celebrate the holiday are obligated to abide by some rather strict dietary requirements. There is a fast before the holiday starts, a seder full of symbolic dishes and a ban on leavened bread. That ban on leavened bread generally extends to an almost total ... Read More »

The Cupcake Courier

I am constantly traveling with baked goods. Cookies, cakes, muffins, pies – you name it and I’ve packed it up into my car and carried it off to be shared with friends. As you might expect, I have a number of different kinds of cake carriers and other assorted airtight containers for toting treats. I’m also always on the lookout for new ones. Much like ... Read More »

From-Scratch Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies

From-Scratch Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies

The winning recipe from the Pillsbury Bake-Off has been getting a bit of flak because it uses refrigerated cookie dough. As creative and tasty it may be – not to mention a good use a General Mills products, which was a requirement of the competition – for many people it seems that the recipe as it is is just a little too simple to be ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

What do you do to celebrate the arrival of a brand new puppy, just home from the animal shelter? Or, perhaps more accurately, what did Gruet Omelet make to celebrate a new puppy going home with her brother? Mud Slide Ice Cream Cake, of course. The rich and creamy dessert is easy to make and has a lovely ice cream filling that makes it perfect ... Read More »

Strawberry Lassi

Strawberry Lassi

There was some near-record heat in Los Angeles this weekend and, even though it’s cooling down a bit now, it was the first time this year that I really felt like summer was upon the city. In some ways, I’m not looking forward to the heat of summer because as much as I dislike being cold, it’s a bit tough on those 110F+ days. Mostly, ... Read More »

Cake-plus-vegetable taste testing

A good carrot cake is a hard thing to beat. Granted, there are some less-than-tasty ones out there (too oily/wet, too sweet, to dense), but when it hits the right combination of sweetness and moistness – combined with cream cheese frosting – it’s great. Carrots are veggies that are high in sugar and don’t have a strong flavor of their own, so they work well ... Read More »

43rd Annual Pillsbury Bake Off Winners!

Bake-Off finalists

After a fun day at the 43rd Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off, I couldn’t wait until I got to the awards ceremony this morning to see who had won. Fortunately, the ceremony started at 7:30 am central time and I didn’t have to wait for long until the master of ceremonies (and semi-homemade cooking) Sandra Lee took the stage and started to read the winners. Prizes were ... Read More »

Baking Bites at the Bake Off

Sandra Lee and me!

Picture a huge ballroom with 100 individual work areas, a couple hundred people, a overwhelming air of anticipation and the air conditioning cranked up high. And stick a 6-ft tall, costumed Pillsbury Doughboy in the corner of the room. This is pretty much the setting for the 43rd annual Pillsbury Bake Off right before the 100 finalists come in to bake their potentially million-dollar dishes. ... Read More »

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