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How to Make A Classic Daiquiri

How to Make A Classic Daiquiri

A daiquiri is a fantastic cocktail that has been finding its way back into the spotlight over the past couple of years. Though it was absent from cocktail bar menus for a couple of decades, the drink has a very long history. The drink was supposedly invented in Cuba around the turn of the 20th century, then brought back to New York by American fans, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Though I ate many peanut butter & jelly sandwiches while I was in school, I’m still a fan of this classic combination. With schools now heading back into session (in most areas), consider trying a different format for this classic lunchtime favorite, such as Food Fanatic‘s Peanut Butter And Jelly Muffins. The peanut butter-y muffins have a homemade raspberry jam filling and are topped with a ... Read More »

Cherry Almond Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Cherry Almond Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

One of the types cookies to fill up your cookie jar is biscotti. They’re not only delicious, but these twice-baked cookies have a fantastic shelf life, which means that one batch will provide you with at least a week’s worth of snacks (and that’s if you’re sharing!). Biscotti are also incredibly versatile, as you can make them in a wide variety of flavors. These Cherry ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Grill Pizza

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Grill Pizza

Grilling season looks light it will be going strong well past Labor Day this year, thanks to a number of heat waves. When the weather is hot, I usually want to fire up my grill. Not only does standing next to a hot grill make me feel a lot cooler as soon as I move away from it (the opposite of air conditioning, but it ... Read More »

Honey and Jam: Seasonal Baking from My Kitchen in the Mountains

Honey and Jam: Seasonal Baking from My Kitchen in the Mountains

While brownies and other goodies are good all year round, there are all kinds of baked goods that have a more seasonal appeal to them. Rich, spiced baked goods find their audience on cold winter days and lighter, fruitier desserts tend to be the stars of the show in the summer. Seasonal baking is partly definite by what is in season, but is also defined ... Read More »

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Galette

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Galette

Galettes are free-form tarts that are typically filled with fresh fruit, but the fillings aren’t limited to fruit and you can get creative to make some very delicious combinations in this style of rustic tart. My Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Galette does use fresh blueberries, pairing them with a layer of lemony cream cheese for a combination that brings two treats into one for a very ... Read More »

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract at Home (Without a Barrel)

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract

Many spirits are barrel-aged, including rum, whiskey and even gin, to name a few, because spending time in a barrel softens the bite of the alcohol and adds additional flavors to the spirit. Most – but not all – spirits are aged in oak barrels and the wood will add slightly different properties depending on how it was prepared. These days, people have been experimenting ... Read More »

Banana Batida

Banana Batida

While the caipirinha is one of the most famous cocktails in Brazil, it isn’t the only one. A batida is a blended cocktail that is typically made with cachaça and juice, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk or some combination of those ingredients. Since it is blended, batidas tend to be sweeter and less potent than other cocktails, including the caipirinha, and are wonderful for sipping ... Read More »

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