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See’s St. Patrick’s Day Potato Candy

See's Irish Potato Candy

It’s called a potato and it looks like a potato, but you’re not going to find any “real” potato here. Just a potato look-a-like. See’s Candies’ St. Patrick’s Day Potato is a special treat that the candy company puts out every March. The 2.5-oz. potato has a large, irregular mound of nougat at it center. The nougat is soft and not too sweet, despite being ... Read More »

The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

 Sweet Melissa Patisserie is one of the most popular bakeries in New York City (or, at the very least, one of the most well-praised), a bakery founded with the intention of creating the best versions of everyone’s favorite desserts. This translated to a menu of pastries and baked goods that were familiar – chocolate chip cookies, devil’s food cake – but had a touch of something ... Read More »

Grasshoppers

Grasshopper Cocktail with dark chocolate shavings

Since St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, I wanted to make up something to celebrate the holiday, something in addition to the Bailey’s Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes that I baked a few days ago.  Irish soda bread is my fallback for this holiday, either plain or with raisins and carraway seeds, but even that favorite wasn’t really tempting me. I wanted something green and, taking a hint from my inclusion ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Shaker Lemon Pie

shaker lemon pie slice

Shaker lemon pie is a very old fashioned type of pie – so old fashioned that it goes way beyond retro and isn’t likely to be found in your average diner, unlike the far more common lemon meringue pie. Shaker lemon pie has an unusual filling that is made up of lemons. Sliced paper-thin, the lemons go into the pie rind and all (minus the ... Read More »

Happy Pi(e) Day!

I know it makes me a bit of a geek – ok, this and probably many other things – but on this day every year I cannot resist celebrating Pi Day. It’s “pi day” because today, March 14th, is written as 3/14 – the same as the number pi (3.14). Naturally, I choose to celebrate “pi” with its food equivalent: pie. Today is a great ... Read More »

Ferrero Rocher Prestige Collection, reviewed

I should probably have given everyone a heads up that there would be a few more chocolate and candy reviews than usual over the next couple of weeks because of Easter. It’s a candy-heavy holiday and I just can’t resist. This collection of chocolates is a premium one: the Ferrero Rocher Prestige Collection. I’ve seen several different packaging variations of this mix, but these particular ... Read More »

How to make a water bath

creamy cheesecake

Water baths are one of those things that you don’t need too often in baking, but when a recipe calls for them, they’re crucial in getting a good result. A water bath – if you’re not familiar with what they are - is almost exactly what it sounds like: it is the dish of water that baked goods requiring gentle heat are baked in, instead of ... Read More »

Bailey’s Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Bailey's Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

 When St. Patrick’s Day comes around every year, I usually follow a little tradition that involves making up a batch of soda bread, a dish involving cabbage or corned beef, and maybe drinking a bottle of Guinness, too. Nothing fancy and pretty standard, as far as celebration goes. This year, I didn’t want to get stuck in that rut, but I did want to do ... Read More »

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