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The Baker’s Four Seasons

The Baker's Four Seasons

Food tv shows, as well as magazines and cookbooks, often stress that cooking should be seasonal. Ingredients like fruits and vegetables taste the best when they are ripe and in season, after all. While cooking seasonally is often stressed, it is worth noting that baking can be done seasonally, as well. A freshly baed chocolate chip cookies is delicious every day of the year and ... Read More »

Red Velvet Scones

Red Velvet Scones

Red velvet cake is a striking dessert that always stands out in a pastry case. While the origin of this type of cake involves the reaction between natural cocoa powder and baking soda, most modern recipes simply use red food coloring to bring in a vibrant red color. Food coloring allows us to take the idea of red velvet and bring it into new forms, ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

You can never have too many snack foods when you’re planning a party, whether it is just a couple of friends coming over for a drink or a big group of people coming over to watch the big game. I always have plenty of desserts on hand, but I also have lots of savory snacks. One of my favorite savory snacks is hummus and pita ... Read More »

Ultimate Game Day Dessert: Football Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Football Whoopie Pies: A Great Super Bowl Dessert

The Super Bowl is perhaps the most widely watched sporting event of the year, with millions of viewers across the country. Even if you don’t watch football the rest of the season, you make an exception for the Super Bowl. This is because the Super Bowl is just as much about food as it is about the game – and who doesn’t like an excuse ... Read More »

Kumquat Caipirinha

Kumquat Caipirinha

A caipirinha is a Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça, sugar and citrus fruit. It is so popular in Brazil, that it is widely regarded as the country’s national cocktail! There is good reason for this, as cachaça is a spirit similar to rum that is produced exclusively in Brazil. The cocktail is bright and refreshing, perfect for a hot Brazilian summer day. It is typically ... Read More »

What are Kumquats?

What are Kumquats?

Kumquats, or cumquats, are small citrus fruits that are often overlooked in favor of more popular oranges, lemons and limes during citrus season. Kumquats are round or oval and resemble very small oranges when ripe, though they are about the size of a large olive. They have a thin skin that, unlike the peel of an orange, can be eaten along with the pulp of ... Read More »

Rum and Vanilla Cupcakes with Rum-Spiked Cream Cheese Frosting

Rum & Vanilla Cupcakes

I’ve been using a lot of rum lately. Like bourbon, rum is a flavorful spirit that can make a great addition to baked goods. The most well-known use of rum in a dessert is a rum cake, which is typically soaked in a rum and sugar syrup to make it exceptionally moist and give it a strong rum flavor. Rum can be used in recipes ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Affogatos are one of my favorite easy desserts. They start with a scoop of ice cream that is topped with espresso or strong coffee, for a dessert that is hot and cold, sweet and strong. Cookie and Beer put together an indulgent S’mores Affogato with Marshmallow Whipped Cream that is even more decadent than most. It combines mocha ice cream, strong coffee and homemade marshmallow ... Read More »

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