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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 »

A Measuring Gaggle

A Measuring Gaggle

When I buy measuring cups, I always go for something functional rather than something funky and I usually opt for sets that are on sale somewhere – largely because I have a hard time resisting kitchen stuff I like when it’s on sale. There are times when I wish I weren’t so practical, however. This is the exact feeling that struck me when I saw ... Read More »

White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

 Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, chocolate chip… is white chocolate the least commonly used chocolate in baking? Sometimes it seems that way, and while the sweeter chocolate isn’t everyone’s go-to chocolate, it does have a lot to offer in some dishes. As evidence, I offer up these white chocolate cupcakes. They have a delicious white chocolate flavor – milky and sweet, with vanilla highlights - ... Read More »

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