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47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Recap!

Nicole and the Doughboy at the 47th Annual Pillsbury Bake Off

The Pillsbury Bake-Off is the biggest amateur cooking and baking contest in the world, with a grand prize of a million dollars going to one creative home cook. There were tens of thousands of entries this year, for the 47th Bake-Off contest, and that number was slowly whittled down to 100 finalists after a rigorous process of test kitchen baking, tasting and evaluation based on the ... Read More »

Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Granola

During the fall, when I’m using a lot of pumpkin in my baking, I’m always looking for new pumpkin recipes to use up leftover pumpkin that I might have sitting around in my refrigerator. This Pumpkin Granola is definitely worth making even if you don’t have leftover pumpkin that needs to be used up because it is so tasty, but you have no excuse not ... Read More »

Cooking With Pumpkin

Cooking with Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a wonderful seasonal vegetable that rises to prominence in our kitchens during the fall and remains there throughout the holiday season. Even though “pumpkin spice” appears in all kinds of dishes, from drinks to desserts, pumpkin itself often only turns up in pumpkin pies and a few other baked goods. Pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient that can be used in all kinds ... Read More »

5 Amazing Desserts to Make with Leftover Halloween Candy

Milky Way Midnight Lava Cake

The day after Halloween is a day that most of us realize that our kitchens are full of tiny candy bars. Whether we bought extra to give out to costumed kids or your kids brought home a few tubs full themselves, the candy bars are there. They keep for a long time in their snack size wrappers, so you can munch your way through them ... Read More »

Halloween Confetti Cupcakes

Halloween Confetti Cupcakes

A little bit of color goes a long when when it comes to holiday baking, and that is true no matter what holiday you’re baking for. Pastel colors tend to make you think of Easter. Red and green tend to make you think of Christmas. And black and orange will always make you think of Halloween. It is easy to take your favorite vanilla or ... Read More »

Wilton Severed Finger Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Wilton Severed Finger Halloween Royal Icing Decorations

Halloween is about both tricks and treats, and when you can get both of those things into one package, you know that you’re on to something! Wilton’s Severed Finger Halloween Cupcake Toppers look amazingly realistic and are a fun/scary decoration to incorporate into your Halloween baking. The fingers are made of dried royal icing and come in a package of 10. The package includes fingers of different ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Cookies & Cream Cookie Butter, reviewed

Trader Joe's Cookies & Cream Cookie Butter

Cookie butter is an indulgent treat, a peanut butter-like spread that is made of crushed cookies, rather than nuts. Biscoff Spread is the original cookie butter and has a sweet, slightly spicy, brown sugar flavor, however there are plenty of other cookie butters available out there. Trader Joe’s already has a plain cookie butter – their version of the original Biscoff – and has come ... Read More »

Bourbon Brown Butter Apple Cake

Bourbon Brown Butter Apple Cake

There are many ways to enjoy apples in the fall. From baked apples to apple pie, I am a fan of every single one of them. This Bourbon Brown Butter Apple Cake is one more that you can add to your list of ways to showcase apples this season – and it is absolutely delicious. This cake is so packed with apples that it is verging ... Read More »

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