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Cookies baked in a car and other hot weather favorites

homemade ice blended coffee and a pudding pop

When it gets very hot outside, it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioning and pour a big glass of icy cold lemonade, then simply sit around and enjoy the respite from the heat. I’m all for this approach but there are many other ways to take advantage of the summer heat. I’ve covered a number of my favorites on this site already and decided ... Read More »

Hamburger Bun Pans

Hamburger Bun Pans

For cookouts, burgers and hot dogs (or other sausages) are pretty standard. They’re easy to make, easy to serve and they’re always crowd pleasers. I like to do homemade hot dog and hamburger buns for cookouts whenever I have a chance. They’re easy to make and always a big hit, partially because they’re homemade and partially because they taste so fresh. I shape my rolls ... Read More »

Starbucks Sorbetto and Vivanno, reviewed

Banana Chocolate Vivanno

I think it’s safely established that I drink a lot of coffee – much of it homemade and some of it when I’m on the go. In summer, I tend to cut back on hot drinks in general and look for other options for refreshment. Last week, Starbucks launched two new drinks and I made it a point to try them to beat the heat. ... Read More »

Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake slice, up close

Visually, I believe that this zebra-striped cake is one of the most impressive looking cakes I’ve ever made. Especially because I have a soft spot in my heart for animal prints. I’ve seen this cake online for a while now, on various blogs and in various forms, but haven’t actually gotten around to trying it myself until now. It has a huge WOW factor for ... Read More »

Brownie Points

Brownie Points

Dark, rich and chocolaty brownies are definitely the epitome of the genre, so they were definitely a good choice for the cover shot of Brownie Points: Over 100 Outrageously Delicious and Easy Variations on North America’s Favorite Dessert. When the cover is mouth watering, it’s often a good sign of things to come – especially when those treats on the cover are four different types ... Read More »

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Now that my tomatoes are starting to ripen left and right, I’m starting to look for more uses for them than just adding them to salads and making pasta sauces. And because I know that I haven’t even hit the peak of tomato season yet, I prefer that the recipes I end up with use more than just two or three tomatoes each. This recipe ... Read More »

What is masa harina?

masa harina

When a recipe calls for cornmeal, it is usually referring to a slightly coarse and sandy flour made from ground, dried corn. It’s perfect for cornbread (for instance) and is widely used in other types of cooking, but in Mexico, Central and South America, this coarse type of cornmeal is not popular and a different type is used: masa harina. Masa harina is a very ... Read More »

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

An outdoor grill really is a versatile tool. You can do just about anything with it, from grilling meat to cooking veggies and even baking bread. You can also make dessert, and the simplest way to do this is to toss some fresh fruit on the grill. Heating fruit often releases sugars and makes the fruit taste sweeter. With some cooking methods, the fruit breaks ... Read More »

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